Good morning everyone, and welcome to the University of Minnesota, and, for many of you, a very warm welcome both to Minnesota and to the United States.
I assure you, I am one President in this country who is eager and happy to see all of you from different nations gather to solve our global challenges, and who believes strongly in Trans-Atlantic cooperation. It’s an amazing world we live in, isn’t it?
The 2017 legislative session has ended — sort of!! — and, in many ways, Governor Dayton and state lawmakers demonstrated once again their commitment to our University, to our students, and, most importantly, to the future of our state's 21st century workforce. For that, I am very thankful.
President's report to Board of Regents: Commencements and an important initiative to prevent sexual misconduct
As you know, it’s commencement season, a universally optimistic time of year, and I certainly felt that last weekend as I shared with graduates and their families and friends two of our 30 commencement exercises for the Class of 2017.
With Regent Cohen, I spoke Friday to the 221 graduates of our Medical School.
As I congratulated our new physicians, I did note that it was my last opportunity to speak to them without a co-pay … and they all seemed to agree.
Earlier this year, President Kaler convened an ad hoc working group to undertake a high-level assessment of the University's education around — and response to — sexual assault, and to recommend immediate actions the University could take to further prevent sexual misconduct on the Twin Cities campus.
At the African American History and Culture Museum: "A tribute to those who changed our nation ... and all of us."
The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a place that reminds us that painful, uncertain and turbulent times have a way of being transformed by remarkable acts of courage. And this museum is a tribute to those women and men who — through struggle and sacrifice — changed our nation and, in many ways, all of us.
President's report to the Board of Regents: A new Greater Minnesota scholarship initiative, UMD, and the value of a U diploma
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.