UMD, a new scholarship initiative, and the value of a U diploma: President Kaler's report to the Board of Regents
Thank you, Chair Johnson, and it’s a pleasure to welcome our newest Board members. Regent Powell, welcome. Regent Sviggum, welcome back. And to Regents Rosha and McMillan, congratulations on your re-election.
Of course, we are meeting in Regent McMillan’s back yard, and there’s much to be proud of at UMD these days.
A few examples stand out.
These are turbulent and, for some in our community, frightening times. It seems as if so much of what we stand for as a public land-grant University is under attack.
The U’s support for transgender rights will not waver: President Kaler's message to University community
Last Wednesday, the White House withdrew guidelines protecting transgender rights in America’s public schools and college campuses under Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools.
Let me be clear. The University of Minnesota stands by our values of equity and inclusion and the right of transgender and gender nonconforming members of our campus community to learn, teach, and work free of any form of harassment and discrimination, including the dignity of being able to use the restroom that aligns with your gender identity. Our support for these rights will not change.
Just a reminder that all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend President Eric W. Kaler’s sixth State of the University Address, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 2, in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the Twin Cities campus. Or you can watch via YouTube or gather on our Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester campuses.
I write to update you on the national search for a new Vice President for Research.
I have appointed a search committee, led by co-chairs Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson and Dean of the Medical School and Vice President for Health Sciences Brooks Jackson. Other members of the search committee were selected to provide broad representation from across the University and externally:
A message sent today by President Kaler, Provost Hanson and Vice President Albert to the Twin Cities campus community ...
Dear Members of our Campus Community,
We are profoundly disturbed by a series of ugly and frightening anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred over the past two months. Some of these incidents have been publicized, but there have also been other less visible, but equally painful, incidents threatening members of our Jewish community. Friday on our campus, a vile anti-Semitic flier was found posted.
February 2017 Report to the Board of Regents: Thoughts on the Executive Order on immigrants and refugees, and more
As I tell you often, when it comes down to it, we are in the people business. We affect lives every day in many ways.
Whether it’s the largest slice in the pie chart of our budget — in market compensation payroll and benefits for our 26,000 employees. Or it’s ensuring that our 67,000 students succeed and become leaders. Or it’s our public engagement with our metro neighbors or our Greater Minnesota partners. Our first priority is always the people who learn, work and live on our five campuses, research centers and Extension.
I came to even better understand that over the past few weeks.
Announcing the Robina Foundation's $25 million gift to the Law School and our Center for New Americans
Today we’re excited to announce — and extremely thankful to the Robina Foundation for — the largest gift in the history of the University’s Law School, a gift of $25 million. Yes, I agree … that deserves a round of applause!
Dean Jenkins, Chief Justice Blatz and Professor Casper Sanchez will provide details of the gift. I want to recognize members of our Board of Regents who are here: Michael Hsu, Peggy Lucas and Abdul Omari.