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'Whose Diversity?' resists cooptation, wants more than 'sprinkling a few faces of color in catalogues' for University of Minnesota

“Whose Diversity?” members (l-r) Rahsaan Mahadeo and Tori Hong (Photo by Charles Hallman)

The issue of diversity is ever-present at the University of Minnesota. However, this may be the only thing both top administrators and a diverse group of students can easily agree upon.

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TC Weekend | Green Line kickoff, Juneteenth, Northern Spark, Greenway Glow, Stone Arch Bridge Fest & more!

Festival-palooza is upon us, people! This weekend may be the biggest for outdoor festivals this summer. It’s certainly the biggest thus far, with a flurry of events, from the numerous Green Line kickoff celebrations, to Juneteenth, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, Northern Spark and much more.  In honor of the Green Line launch, Metro Transit light rail and bus service will be free of charge both June 14 and 15, making it even easier to get around to all the happenings.

This weekend should prove particularly enjoyable for night owls, with night-time festivals that are bound to provide stunning visuals! It’s also Father’s Day weekend -- why not take Dad along to some of the events below? There's a 50% chance of showers both Saturday and Sunday so bring that poncho!

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President Bill Clinton's advice for broadband expansion in rural Minnesota

Last night I saw President Clinton speak to a sold out audience at the Northrup Auditorium as part of the Keeping Faith with a Legacy of Justice series. OK his main topic might not have been broadband, and really many he never used the word broadband but he had some good advice for a more civil society and I think the lessons he offered would be helpful to adopt when looking at deploying border to border broadband in Minnesota.

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Minneapolis Afghan man fights misconceptions about his homeland

To capitalize on positive Afghan stories, Munhazim embarked on a photography project in 2010, returning to Kabul and capturing images of the daily life of Afghans. (Photo by Qais Munhazim)

It didn’t take long for Qais Munhazim to learn about the misconceptions many Americans have about his home country, Afghanistan.

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TC Weekend | LynLake Street Fest & Open Streets, West By West Bank, Art in the Hollow and more!

Local art and music, books, open streets: there’s a lot to love about this weekend’s line up with festivals and activities all over town!  As with last weekend, this weekend’s weather forecast seems to call for a bit of rain, but after our winter, what’s a few raindrops?!  See this weekend's vibrant line up below:

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Re-thinking Minnesota's 21st century libraries

As Minnesota's population continues to age and diversify, we must strengthen our public services infrastructure. The Metropolitan Council predicts that by 2040 the Twin Cities metro alone will gain 355,000 people from other nations. Communities in greater Minnesota, like St. Cloud, St. James, Willmar, and Worthington, are also experiencing huge influxes of Latinos and Somalis. By 2020 the state will also have more people 65 and older than school-aged children for the first time in Minnesota's history, according to a January state demographer's office presentation.

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Southwest light rail seen as path to equity at May 29 public comment meeting

On May 29th, 2014 the Metropolitan Council held a public comment meeting for the proposed Southwest Light Rail Transit line.

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Fight for 'health equities' went to state capitol

Until recently, health equities has not been a subject in Minnesota that has received a lot of publicized attention. It represents the goal of groups working to address the health inequities that are well documented between communities of color and Whites in Minnesota.

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