President Kaler's remarks to the 10th annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast: "Harness the spirit in this room to do better"
Good morning everyone, thank you Interim Vice President Goh, and thank you for your leadership of OED.
We’ve gathered once more to celebrate our engagement with and commitment to, equity, diversity, and inclusion. At the same time, in these troubling times, I also feel a need to use these moments together to contemplate our concerns, and address our challenges.
But, because it’s so early in the morning, first, let’s celebrate!
President Kaler's welcoming remarks to the University Law School's Summit on Civil Rights: "Justice Strengthens Us"
Good morning and welcome to the University of Minnesota. Greetings to our many distinguished civil rights, labor, faith and community leaders from our state and across the nation.
A special welcome to Congressman Clyburn. Welcome, sir, to Minnesota. And a big thank you to our friends at the Kresge Foundation for their support.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: A month in which we showed the breadth and depth of what we do
You all know that we toss around a lot of adjectives to describe our University. We use them freely, and even casually. We’re global. We’re highly ranked. We’re open minded. We’re diverse, and support equity and diversity efforts. We’re empathetic. We believe in partnerships to advance our mission and help the state. We face tough issues head on.
We talk that way about ourselves a lot.
But in my more than six-and-a-half years as President, I can’t remember a month in which those adjectives came to life as clearly and tangibly as they did over the past four weeks, or since we last met in September.
We weren’t just telling our story. We were showing it.
U's School of Social Work turns 100: "You change with the times, but always with empathy and courage."
President Kaler's remarks to the celebration of the School of Social Work's 100th anniversary.
Good evening everyone, and congratulations to our School of Social Work for 100 years of remarkable scholarship, teaching and public engagement.
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.
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.
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
As 2016 winds to an end, the conversation on campus and in the media continues to focus on how divided we are as a nation and a state. But amid this narrative, I believe the impact of our University tells a far different story, and it’s this: the ‘U’ is a truly unifying force across our state.
I spoke about this last night when we met with agricultural and natural resources leaders, and I want to reiterate my message today. From North Minneapolis to Willmar, from Chanhassen to Alexandria, we are one of the few institutions that every day works diligently to try to bridge the urban, suburban and rural divide.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: Dylan, campus climate, incoming freshman class, and a system-wide initiative
Thank you, Chair Johnson. There’s a lot of system-wide news I'll share with you today.
I met Wednesday individually with Chancellors Black, Lehmkuhle and Wood, and then all together as part of our System Council.
And we’ll be talking about our evolving system-wide strategic plan later in this meeting. So, let me begin with system news.
Provost Karen Hanson announced today 29 Grand Challenges Research grants to advance the research goals of Driving Tomorrow, the Twin Cities Campus Strategic Plan.
The Driving Tomorrow research investments total $3.6 million, including $1.48 million for 21 exploratory research grants and $2.15 million for 8 collaborations shaped by interdisciplinary work groups convened to build on the earlier GC Research "Call for Ideas" process.
After nearly five years at this humbling job, what keeps me energized, what drives me?
I know all the critical issues we face together … from ethical research to campus climate to faculty governance to tuition policy. They are pressing and they are at the top of my priorities list.
But, honestly — and maybe it’s the same for many of you — it’s the little things that tend to give me the biggest boosts.