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Erika Lee

Race in America: History Matters with Erika Lee & Helen Zia

During the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have experienced a sharp increase in racist verbal abuse and physical attacks. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, to the World War II internment of Japanese residents, to the 1982 killing of Chinese American Vincent Chin, anti-Asian racism has taken different forms over the course of our history. On Monday, March 8, Washington Post reporter Michelle Ye Hee Lee spoke with author and historian Erika Lee, together with author and activist Helen Zia, about how the past can help inform our understanding of where we are today.
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.
Jason Steward

Interview with Jason Steward

In a recent interview with Counseling alumnus Jason Steward, PhD (class of ‘05), we learned what drew him to Psychology and how he is making an impact. Also, he told us about what he sees are some of the barriers to increasing Black representation in Psychology and how the program, profession, and field can work toward change.
Screenshot of interview with Jun Li

Career Month Alumni Spotlight - Jun Li

Jun Li graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor in Economics in 2015. Since graduation, Jun has lived and worked across three continents. He is currently the Bytedance E-Commerce Team's project management officer. Available in more than 150 markets and 75 languages, Bytedance platforms and products (TikTok, Toutiao & Vigo Video) aim to help people discover the world and empower everyone to be a creator.
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).

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