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, and we've archived the videos and slides of the presentations.
Report to the Board of Regents, February 2017
President Kaler's introduction to Dean Finnegan's presentation ...
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.
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.
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.
To the University of Minnesota community,
A month from today, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is set to end, and I wanted again to express my concern and offer my support for our DACA students, faculty and staff.