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Elisia Cohen

College instructors question why they aren't being prioritized for vaccines

State health officials said Thursday that college faculty and staff are not now considered a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination. "It's really unclear why teachers teaching in person to adults that are 18 are being treated differently than teachers teaching face to face to 16- and 17-year-olds," said Elisia Cohen, director of the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication in an article from the Star Tribune.
Portrait: Kathryn Pearson

University senate votes to require racial justice courses for undergrads

The University of Minnesota Senate voted to rename the Diversity and Social Justice course theme to “Race, Power and Justice in the United States” (RPJ) and make it a requirement for all undergraduate students on the Twin Cities campus. Associate Professor Kathryn Pearson of Political Science points out that a quarter of students have graduated without taking a course in the social justice theme.
Photo of Gbemi Oyetunde standing outside on a winter day with Morrill Hall in the background

Reflections on the Morrill takeover

Gbemi Oyetunde (class of 2022) builds on the legacy of U of M student leaders from ’69. Oyetunde currently serves as president of the Black Student Union at the University of Minnesota. The following are her reflections on the 1969 Morrill Hall takeover, which led to the creation of the University’s Afro-American Studies Department (now African American & African Studies).
Portrait of Lulete Mola, an African American woman. She is smiling and is pictured against a backdrop.

Who SHE is

Lulete Mola (BA ’14, political science) is a social change strategist and chief strategy and innovation officer at the Women's Foundation of Minnesota. Her purpose is to build power with individuals, families, and communities for real change. What follows is extracted from recent reflections she offered on how she realized her purpose in powering social change.
Black and white photo of American write and activist James Baldwin. He has a big smile in this photo.

Encountering Baldwin

An assistant professor in the Department of English, Megan Finch reads James Baldwin “to think rather than to substitute thought.” What follows is extracted from her recent responses to questions regarding her ongoing engagement with the work of James Baldwin.