President's Initiative to Prevent Sexual Misconduct: Dean John Finnegan's presentation to Board of Regents, February 9, 2018
President Kaler's introduction to Dean Finnegan's presentation ...
From the studios of Hollywood to the corridors of the nation’s Capitol, we have a sexual misconduct crisis in our nation. According to a recent Minnesota Poll, 63 percent of all women in our state say they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. We live in a culture of sexual misconduct and it’s now at the center of a serious national conversation. We here at the University are not immune from this crisis, from this epidemic. Whether it be in the classroom, the residence hall, the department meeting or at the tailgate party, we at the University have our own sexual misconduct crisis.
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.
President Kaler sent this message to all students, faculty and staff . . .
To the University Community,
I am pleased to report that the U.S. House and Senate have agreed to remove the graduate tax provision from any final federal tax reform bill. This is a victory for students here at the University of Minnesota and across the country.
President Kaler sent this message to the entire University community and a similar message to civic, business and political leaders across the state.
As the federal tax bill works its way through the U.S. Senate, our graduate students who work as teaching (TA) and research assistants (RA) urgently need our help. Right now.
Eleven … eleven … eleven. Special numbers, special day.
For those of you who are historians – and those who are not – on the 11th day of 11th month at 11 a.m. European time, in 1918 World War I ended. No one knew then there were would be another World War. Sadly, of course, wars have continued these past 99 years, and veterans emerge every time after defending our country.
In many nations in Europe, what we in the United States call “Veterans Day” is known as “Remembrance Day.” I like that. In some parts of Belgium, it is even called, “The Day of Peace.” I like that even better.
Doug Loon, President of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and President Eric W. Kaler co-authored this Op-Ed in the Star Tribune.
The immigration system must align itself with the needs of a changing and growing economy.