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.
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.
A message sent today by President Kaler, Provost Hanson and Vice President Albert to the Twin Cities campus community ...
Dear Members of our Campus Community,
We are profoundly disturbed by a series of ugly and frightening anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred over the past two months. Some of these incidents have been publicized, but there have also been other less visible, but equally painful, incidents threatening members of our Jewish community. Friday on our campus, a vile anti-Semitic flier was found posted.
Announcing the Robina Foundation's $25 million gift to the Law School and our Center for New Americans
Today we’re excited to announce — and extremely thankful to the Robina Foundation for — the largest gift in the history of the University’s Law School, a gift of $25 million. Yes, I agree … that deserves a round of applause!
Dean Jenkins, Chief Justice Blatz and Professor Casper Sanchez will provide details of the gift. I want to recognize members of our Board of Regents who are here: Michael Hsu, Peggy Lucas and Abdul Omari.
Dear students, faculty and staff,
The University of Minnesota is a public, land-grant institution with a long history of global engagement. We are committed to supporting all members of our community. We are proud to be an inclusive, globally-engaged University that has welcomed students and scholars from around the world for more than a century. We have built a University community that embraces diversity, and we thrive by working toward a common goal to make the world better through education and research.
Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Happy New Year and welcome back to campus!
First, I want to thank all of you. To our students, who challenge, educate and remind us that we must care for each other in all that we do - you inspire us. To our faculty, for the knowledge, mentorship, and passion you share with our students and contribute to the state of Minnesota. And to our staff, who ensure our campus is productive and safe, and a great place to live, work, and visit. You are an important part of what makes us special.
During my tenure as University of Minnesota President, I have worked to improve the safety of our campuses, so our students can focus on their education and college life without feeling the threat of personal harm. I have worked particularly hard to increase understanding of the members of the University community about the importance of young women feeling safe during campus life. We still have a long way to go, but I am proud of the steps we have taken, including Mark Coyle’s hiring.