Good afternoon and welcome to the University of Minnesota! For the new freshmen on campus — and our friends in the news media — let me assure you, this is NOT how we typically celebrate Fridays. In fact, we haven’t done this sort of thing for 18 years.
Preventing sexual misconduct, DACA, and other news: President's Report to Board of Regents, September 2017
When the calendar turns to September, and when our new students begin moving in to their residence halls, when I have the delight of hearing and sing “The Rouser,” and the syllabi are handed out, there’s nothing like the excitement of a new academic year for me and, I know, for you as well. We’re here because of our students and, when they return in full force, the energy they bring to our University is unmistakable. For us, it’s a reminder that the business of keeping our University great is about ensuring the best possible experience for all 60,000-plus of our students in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and here on the Twin Cities campus.
To the University community,
I am deeply disappointed by the decision today to begin to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA.
Along with my senior leadership team, we are especially concerned for young people registered in the program, many of whom are our students. They were given a promise that they would not be targeted for deportation. Today's decision, while delaying the process, still raises that unconscionable possibility.
As the new school year begins, I urge you to take to heart some core values of our University. In these times nationally and locally, I believe we need to be perfectly clear about those values. First, at our University there is no place for hate. We do not tolerate bigotry. And, every day in every way, we denounce in the strongest terms the racist, Islamophobic, and anti-Semitic messages of white supremacy.
At the same time, we respect the right to express different opinions. After all, this is an intellectual community. So, it is important for all of us to talk with each other, to listen carefully, and, yes, to debate, but always with respect for others opinions. Violence is never acceptable.
We support President Teresa Sullivan and the entire University of Virginia community, and we offer our sympathy to the families of those killed and those injured. Let it be perfectly clear that at the University of Minnesota there is no place for hate, we do not tolerate bigotry, and we denounce in the strongest terms the racist and anti-Semitic message of white supremacy.
University news of the world, the nation and the state: The President's report to the Board of Regents
Thank you, Chair McMillan, and congratulations on chairing your first Board meeting. I have to say, so far you’re doing a great job!
Seriously, I look forward to your steady and firm leadership, and I’m eager to work with you, Vice Chair Powell and the entire Board in the coming year to tackle our challenges and celebrate our achievements. For today, let’s celebrate a little bit. Or, in UMD’s case, let the celebration continue.
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.