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Good afternoon, and to all of our friends and alumni, welcome and welcome back to our Twin Cities campus. And thank you Regents McMillan, Omari and Powell for joining us here today.
President's Initiative: Charting the Way Ahead for the University of Minnesota System . . . Creating a Climate to Inhibit and Reduce Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment
Dr. Alan Berkowitz recently returned to our Twin Cities campus for a conference and training session with leaders, faculty, students and staff from across the University's five campuses.
On March 6, 2018, President Kaler, School of Public Health Dean John Finnegan and Dr. Berkowitz offered remarks and opening presentations.
President's Report to Board of Regents at March 2018 meeting in Rochester: Legislature, department visits, Driven, NCAA, and Bulldogs
Thank you, Chair McMillan. And thank you to Chancellor Carrell, your team, and the entire Rochester community for your warm welcome and informative day yesterday. UMR and this community are true partners. As you know, we are engaged in an extensive and rigorous Systemwide Strategic Plan process, and we’ll be hearing more about it later in this meeting. Our time here demonstrates how distinctive each of our campuses is, how strong our system is, and the importance of our Systemwide Strategic Planning work.
Governor Dayton: "If we invest more in education, future generations of Minnesotans will be more successful. If we don’t, they won’t."
At his State of the State speech, Governor Mark Dayton included $10 million in his supplemental budget to keep a lid on Minnesota-resident undergraduate tuition. He also spoke about the value and impact of the University of Minnesota and of all higher education in the state. Thank you, Governor Dayton. And thank you to The Uptake for this video clip of the Governor's speech.
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.
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.