At the University of Minnesota we promote a climate of open, thoughtful and civil debate among our students, who bring great passion and energy to their positions, causes and elections. That is important to me, and I respect the right of our students to express their opinions through ballots or other initiatives. All in our community have the right to do that regardless of their points of view.
State of the University 2018: Our indisputable impact, our tough issues, our boundless opportunities
As I near the end of my seventh year as President, I reflect on a past year of challenges and successes of our University. Ahead, as always, I see a year of promise and opportunity.
But right now, we are wrestling with a handful of tricky issues and those, frankly, are at the heart of the state of our University today. More than ever, all around us, we live with tensions.
To the University community,
At the University of Minnesota we are committed to providing an environment where opposing points of view, critical thinking, and disagreements can occur in a productive and respectful manner. As is happening at universities across the country, we have to grapple with and find ways to manage differences of opinion.
We are dedicated to promoting free speech while also fostering a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and inclusion. This includes a diversity of thought and the ability to learn how to disagree with one another with civility.
President Kaler sent this message via email to the Twin Cities community this morning . . .
I have heard your concerns about the proposed closing of the Child Development Center (CDC), the childcare center on the Twin Cities campus. And so today, Provost Karen Hanson and I asked CEHD Dean Jean Quam to postpone the closing of the CDC until we have an alternative, or alternatives, in place to allow for a smooth transition for children and, potentially, for staff.
As you know, the decision to close the CDC emerged from planning that would enable the Institute for Child Development (ICD) to make the building improvements and other investments it needs to further its world-class research.
President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct: Dean John Finnegan's presentation to Board of Regents, February 9, 2018
President Kaler's introduction to Dean Finnegan's presentation ...
From the studios of Hollywood to the corridors of the nation’s Capitol, we have a sexual misconduct crisis in our nation. According to a recent Minnesota Poll, 63 percent of all women in our state say they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. We live in a culture of sexual misconduct and it’s now at the center of a serious national conversation. We here at the University are not immune from this crisis, from this epidemic. Whether it be in the classroom, the residence hall, the department meeting or at the tailgate party, we at the University have our own sexual misconduct crisis.
The assertion that the University of Minnesota has "downgraded" or "relegated" the upcoming event featuring Ben Shapiro based on ideological or any other reasons is patently false. It is also absolutely untrue that organizers were not sufficiently involved in the event planning. The University is committed to free speech.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
It’s been a particularly busy couple of weeks on our Twin Cities campus, and I want to thank, first of all, Vice President for University Services Mike Berthelsen and his entire team for their excellent work, remarkable patience, and for the very long hours of work they put in.
First, we had a massive snowfall that required some tough decisions and a Herculean effort to plow and shovel out our campus, and that was done with lightning speed.
Lori Carrell named University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor: President Kaler's message to the UMR community
Dear UMR Community,
I am pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Lori Carrell as chancellor of the University of Minnesota Rochester, pending approval by the Board of Regents at its February meeting.
I am confident that Dr. Carrell will provide strong leadership for UMR’s unparalleled education in the health sciences, including its integrated, hands-on curriculum, personalized attention, and innovative learning experience in the dynamic Rochester community.
The University hosts a wide variety of events, welcoming tens of thousands of people to campus each and every day. We strive to meet the unique needs for each and every event, and the event scheduled for later this month is no different. When working to accommodate a venue request, our top priority is and will always be the safety and security of our University community, and with that in mind the University works with organizers to determine a location that meets everyone's needs to the best of our ability.