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University of Minnesota

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Williamson Hall, 240, 231 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
Phone
(612) 625-5000
School Information
"The flagship of the University of Minnesota System, the Twin Cities campus is Minnesota’s only land-grant university and one of the most prestigious public research universities in the nation. Founded in 1851 near Saint Anthony Falls on the banks of the Mississippi River, we are one of five universities in the nation with an engineering school, medical school, law school, veterinary medicine school, and agricultural school all on one campus." The university enrolls over 50,000 students, employs over 20,000 faculty and staff, and offers over 200 graduate/professional programs. (Source: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/about-us) (Source: https://twin-cities.umn.edu/academics-admissions)
General Information
The University of Minnesota has taken steps to distance itself from the Minneapolis Police Department. The university will no longer work with the Minneapolis Police Department for large event security or the K-9 unit. Additionally, as part of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Virtual 2020 Distinguished Carlson Lecture, the university invited Boston University Professor Ibram X. Kendi to give the lecture. No mandatory Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. However, see developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The College of Design and the School of Public Affairs are hosting a workshop on April 1, 2022 titled, “Racism Untaught” to identify racialized design and assess anti-racist approaches.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the University of Minnesota Law School’s commitment to racial justice, the school has released statements and resources on the Chauvin trial and the death of George Floyd, as well as a revised curriculum to include many courses on racial and social justice such as a course on “George Floyd’s Minneapolis (6869).”
  • The Minnesota Writing Project at the university has an Anti-Racism in the Classroom Institute where they focus on whiteness in the classroom beyond white privilege and work to help develop anti-racist pedagogy.
  • The University of Minnesota Faculty Senate passed an academic freedom resolution in December of 2021 “to protect the ability of staff and faculty to teach about concepts such as critical race theory (CRT) and gender in the classroom.”
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • The University of Minnesota Department of Curriculum and Instruction is seeking an Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy Education with a commitment to “racial literacy, critical race theory, and anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches.”
Program and Research Funding
  • Through the $5 million Minnesota Transform program, faculty will assist "Black, Indigenous and immigrant communities to tell stories through digital platforms and public exhibits, revitalize Indigenous languages and write a report on the U's relationship with American Indian tribes
Re-Imagining Policing
  • No longer will work with the Minneapolis Police Dept. for large-event security or the K-9 unit.
Resources
  • The Humphrey School of Public Affairs’ Virtual 2020 Distinguished Carlson Lecture will be headlined by Professor Ibram X. Kendi.
  • UMinnesota lecture outlined twelve steps to recover from "whiteness".
  • The Earl E. Bakken Center will present a lecture titled "Anti-Racism Work: Dismantling your Practice", which will "analyze how white supremacy and systemic oppression has influenced our perception of wellness, and emphasize tangible ways to create a practice that serves all of us."
  • The university library offered a guide on "Conducting research through an anti-racism lens" which asks readers to "de-center whiteness" in their research and "acknowledge that scholarly publishing is racist."
  • The university library provides Anti-Racism Reading Lists with numerous quotes, references, and readings from Ibram X. Kendi in addition to books on white fragility, Black Lives Matter resources, as well as a dedicated special section for “anti-racist readings for white people.”
  • The University of Minnesota’s Gopher Equity Project incorporates DEI as an “online module for all undergraduate students” with ongoing discussion groups and suggested books, including several books from Ibram X. Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • As part of the five-year Strategic Plan for Anti-Racism, the School of Public Health works towards cultural change to becomign an anti-racist school by “accepting that racism exists at a systemic level in our country” and affirming to “commit to learning about racism’s history and its legacy.”
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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