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Roadmap Update From Dean Coleman

March 7, 2019

2018-19 has been the best fundraising year in CLA’s history as we continue our capital campaign, Shattering Expectations. We’ve also made significant progress on our strategic plan, the Roadmap. A few highlights include:

  • launching eight new Career Field Communities, which connect students with opportunities to develop their core career competencies
  • four of our faculty being awarded McKnight Land-Grant Professorships; 
  • planning for the Minnesota Humanities Engagement Hub, which is being developed as part of the redesign of Pillsbury Hall; and 
  • funding three new Interdisciplinary Collaborative Workshop projects; they will investigate democracy, populism, and racial nationalism; explore the lives of people of African descent throughout the Midwest; and examine fears of a reproducibility crisis in scientific research. 

You, our remarkable alumni, have been with us the whole way and made these achievements possible. Whether it is participating in envisioning session around the Minnesota Humanities Engagement Hub or serving as an alumni mentor to one of our undergraduate students, your connection with CLA is turning our goals into reality.

I hope you’ll join us as we wrap up this year of celebration. In particular, I hope you’ll be able to attend Calling to Question: 150 Years of Liberal Education at the University of Minnesota, a fascinating exhibit that offers a glimpse into the 150-year history of CLA with photographs, documents, and other materials. It will run through June 14, 2019 at the Elmer L. Andersen Library.  

Thank you once again for helping to make this 150th year a significant moment in CLA’s history. Ski-U-Mah! 

- John Coleman, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts