February Equity Update
written by | Abeer Syedah
System & Campus
St. Cloud State University Holds 10th Annual Power in Diversity Conference
Several students attended the conference on behalf of Students United and expressed positive feedback about their experiences!
Multiple MinnState Campuses Participating in Pilot Campus Climate Survey
Five campuses, including some universities, are testing a systemwide pilot of a campus climate survey.
MSU Mankato Hosting Pan-African Conference
“The Pan African Conference is committed to developing and enhancing the leadership skills in our collegiate Black young adults, as well as provide opportunities for academic scholars, professionals, and community members to discuss issues that affect descendants of Africa on a local, national and international level. “
State & National
Duke University Responds to Viral Email from Professor Asking International Students to Speak English
“Duke University has apologized after a professor cautioned international students against speaking Chinese on campus and urged them to speak English instead.”
Michigan State University Names New Interim President After Sexual Assault Handling Backlash
TW: description of victim shaming
“The board of trustees at Michigan State University named a new interim president on Thursday to replace John Engler, a day after he resigned amid widespread criticism over his remarks that some victims of Lawrence G. Nassar, the former university and U.S.A. Gymnastics doctor, appeared to be enjoying “the spotlight.”
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Medical School Blackface & Klan Photos Stir Calls for Resignation
“Gov. Ralph Northam clung to office Sunday amid nearly unanimous calls from his own party to resign over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, going silent after a bizarre 24 hours in which he first admitted he was in the picture, then denied it.”
Black History Month!
February is Black History Month. Here are some readings on the Black history of Minnesota.
From the state’s first black millionaire to its first black lawmaker, this list — by no means exhaustive — is meant to highlight a few men and women whose names you probably don’t hear as often as Prince or Gordon Parks.
A map and tour documenting the history, and entry points, of the first African-Americans in Minnesota including the first recorded African-American birth, the history of enslaved Black folks in the state, the role of the area in the underground railroad, and the complex relationship between some Black residents and the Indigenous population of the state.
In 2018, for Black History Month, we asked students what it means to be Black on campus and what they want the world to know. This is what they said: