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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CLA’s leading role in the U's doctoral diversity and inclusion objectives

Back in the spring I reported on how CLA leads the way on diversity and inclusion of the Twin Cities campus undergraduate student population.

The same leadership holds for doctoral education.

The college accounts for 22.3% of the Twin Cities doctoral population and we comprise:
  • 22.6% of Black students
  • 23.9% of Twin Cities female doctoral students
  • 26.8% of students of color
  • 29.2% of American Indian students
  • 30.7% of multi-racial students
  • 36.5% of Hispanic students
Campus efforts toward inclusive excellence involve all colleges. CLA is proud to play a leading role in the efforts to diversify the Twin Cities doctoral population.

State of the College 2017

On September 19, 2017, I delivered my annual State of the College remarks. In those remarks I stated:

We operate from the simple premise that the knowledge, perspective, and skills honed in a liberal arts education are a pathway to a fulfilled and engaged life. Every day, we explore questions that matter. We study the questions that drive people’s lives. That are fundamental to their individual and collective values. 

There’s not a day that goes by in the news when the questions asked by the liberal arts are not all over the front page, or homepage, of the newspaper. Through the arts, humanities, and social sciences we explore these front page issues, directly or indirectly, in a variety of ways and through a variety of methodologies and traditions. 

Our scholars—all of you in this room—explore what it means to be successful, caring, productive—what it means to be a contributing member of a community.

Read the whole thing here.

Friday, September 8, 2017

My welcome back message to undergraduates

(This message was sent to all undergraduate students on September 5, 2017.) 

Dear CLA Students,

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year! Whether it's your first time on campus or you're a few credits shy of graduating, I hope this semester brings you new opportunities to learn, grow, and enrich yourself and the people around you.

You're in college at a very dynamic time historically, politically, economically, and socially. There are many challenges facing your generation. At CLA we know your education will put you ahead of the curve and give you advantages in every aspect of your life: from the workplace, to your personal life, to the communities you join and create.

This “Shattering Expectations” animated video explains the liberal arts advantage and our goals for your education: that you graduate from CLA with a profound sense of possibility, inclusivity, and innovation. We are a campus that welcomes diversity of beliefs, backgrounds, and viewpoints. This embrace of diverse views and backgrounds will be the source of the solutions to today's greatest challenges, is the foundation of a great university, and is the right thing to do.