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Oct. 19: Minnesota’s Role in Global LGBT Well-being

Senator D. Scott Dibble (DFL) District 61
State Sen. Scott Dibble (DFL) District 61

Metropolitan State University will host a presentation and panel to  examine what Minnesotans are doing to benefit the global LGBT community, and share ways how participants can get involved.

The program will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 19, Metropolitan State University, Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall Auditorium, and  begins with short, 5-minute presentations by Minnesota organizations who are leaders in this area.

State Sen. Scott Dibble will moderate. Representatives from the following organizations will share information about their work:

  • The American Refugee Committee
  • The Advocates for Human Rights
  • The Center for Victims of Torture
  • Building our Future
  • The Human Rights Center at the University of Minnesota Law School
  • Mossier

A question and answer period will follow the presentations. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please contact Charlie Rounds, program manager, Mossier at 612-203-8358 or charlie@mossier.org.

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. Activities this month highlight role models, build community, and make a civil rights statement about our extraordinary national and international contributions. This is a month-long celebration specific to the United States, and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day on October 11.

LGBT History Month originated in the United States, and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Wilson originated the idea, served as founder on the first coordinating committee, and chose October as the month of celebration. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on as did Governors William Weld of Massachusetts and Lowell Weicker of Connecticut, Mayors such as Thomas Menino of Boston and Wellington Webb of Denver. LGBT History Month is intended to encourage honesty and openness about being LGBT.

Sept. 14: Student forum to address DACA

An event for Metropolitan State students to discuss the recent announcement from President Donald Trump concerning the future consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in the United States.

In keeping with the message sent by Metropolitan State President Virginia Arthur affirming the university’s commitment and support for students, event planners intend to create spaces for healing, conversation, and sharing of resources to those directly affected.

The discussion on Thursday, Sept. 14, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center, room 101, will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and the community to show their support. The fight for dignity and respect for all immigrants is a humanitarian issue that affects us all, and this is a time of great uncertainty and angst for many. This day is dedicated to supporting those affected, creating an environment for conversation and learning, promoting campus resources and building solidarity. Refreshment will be provided.

AGENDA:

  • 1 p.m.: Check-in and welcome, Student Senate leaders
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Healing circles for students, facilitated by Dr. Raj Sethuraju (concurrent counseling service available nearby with Michael Peterson)
  • 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.: “Discussion: What does DACA mean to you and our students?,” facilitator to be determined. Political analysis and resources for undocumented students available on campus; facilitator to be determined.
  • 3 to 3:45 p.m.: “What can we do, what shall we do, what will you do?” facilitated by Karina Moreno DeSilva
  • 3:45 to 4 p.m.: Closing and next steps

Staff must use personal time to participate and must arrange approval from their supervisor or use personal time to attend the event.

Contact the office of Craig Morris, university chief diversity officer/affirmative action director, at 651-793-1272 with questions.

Oct. 4-Nov. 1: Scrabble for Scholarships Tournament

Join the Metropolitan State community for a Scrabble tournament organized by the Annual Fund Drive Committee, to support scholarships awarded through the University Foundation.

Join us from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. on one or all of these dates:

  • Oct. 4: Midway location, Room B
  • Oct. 11: Brooklyn Park location, room 215
  • Oct. 18: Minneapolis location, room M1400
  • Oct. 23: Saint Paul Campus, Founders Hall L119
  • Nov. 1 (championship): Saint Paul Campus, Saint John’s Hall L5

Register. Cost is $10 per entrant. Proceeds go to the Metropolitan State Annual Fund Drive for Student Scholarships.

Questions? Contact August Hoffman (august.hoffman@metrostate.edu) or Allen Bellas (allen.bellas@metrostate.edu).

Jason R. Carter Science Education Center dedicated with celebration

Jason Carter was a biochemistry student at Metropolitan State University who died of leukemia in May 2016. Metropolitan State reached the next step to honor Jason’s memory and dedicated the Jason R. Carter Science Education Center with a celebration and reception on Saturday, Sept. 9.

His parents, Diana and Robert Carter, and the Carter Family Foundation of Wayzata, Minn., worked with the University Foundation to provide a generous $2 million endowment through contributions in memory of Jason.

This endowment is the largest donation to Metropolitan State and is indicative of the growing support for the University’s important mission. It will be used to support university research and provide scholarships to students studying the natural sciences. The endowment establishes a lasting legacy for Jason at Metropolitan State and the University Foundation has already begun to award Carter scholarships to students, several of whom were present at the celebration.

Sept. 16: Fall Fest

Metropolitan State’s annual homecoming celebration, Fall Fest, will be from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16 at the Saint Paul Campus.

Fall Fest is coordinated by the student-run University Activities Board. The festival is free, open to the public and family friendly, and features a variety of carnival-style activities, games, attractions, professional entertainment, free food, great music, and giveaways. The festival also includes a resource fair featuring student organizations and departments. The theme this year is “Fall Fun Since ‘71” and celebrates the university’s evolution and achievements through an exhibition of “history highlights” from 1971 to the present.

Free mental health services for students and university employees

Students who are struggling with a mental health issue can access free services, including individual and group counseling. Call 651-793-1568 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays to schedule an appointment.

Free mental health screenings are available through the Counseling Services webpage.

If you are a faculty or staff member struggling with a mental health issue, help is available through the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, 1-800-657-3719.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 10-16: Learn to recognize the signs

September 10-16 is national recognized as Suicide Prevention Week. Metropolitan State University is launching efforts to reduce and prevent suicide by providing gatekeeper trainings, which teach participants to recognize signs of distress in people and to connect that person to helpful resources. You can help to prevent suicide at Metropolitan State University.  Suicide is all of our business, and everyone can play a role to prevent suicide.

Events are planned across several campus locations this week. Representatives from the Suicide Awareness Leadership Team will teach the warning signs of suicide and promote upcoming gatekeeper trainings at the following times and locations:

  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, Saint Paul Campus, Student Center
  • 4 to 6 p.m., Monday, Sept. 11, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
  • 4 to 6 pm., Thursday, Sept. 14, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, 9110 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park.
  • Information on the warning signs of suicide and gatekeeper training will be available all week at the Midway location.

Gatekeeper training teaches individuals the warning signs of distress, how to respond, and how to refer the person to services. Two options are available, Kognito and Mental Health First Aid.

Kognito is a 45-minute online self-paced training for faculty and staff, and uses role-playing to teach how to recognize when a student is in crisis and refer them to the appropriate services. There is a general module, a veteran module, and a LGBTQ module. Kognito can be accessed by going to kognitocampus.com. The enrollment key for Kognito is “MetroState.”

Mental Health First Aid is an eight-hour in-person course for faculty, staff, and students, which teaches the risk factors and warning signs of mental health and substance use related crises, and how to recognize a problem, give reassurance, and refer them to seek professional help. The first session will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 28, and Thursday, Oct. 5 in the Library and Learning Center,  Room 310. Register at this link on eventbrite.com.

Contact Cassandra Shaker (cassandra.shaker@metrostate.edu) with questions.

In the News: Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt grows

…the idea of a work college is drawing renewed interest, thanks to rising student debt, skepticism about the financial payoff of a liberal arts education and employer complaints that graduates aren’t prepared for jobs. The fact that work colleges get extra funding under a little-known federal program also hasn’t hurt.

Century-old ‘work college’ model regains popularity as student debt grows

Twin Cities Public Television interviews professor Nicholas Hartlep.

Statement of Interim Chancellor Devinder Malhotra regarding DACA

ST. PAUL, Minn., Sept. 5, 2017 – At Minnesota State, our core commitments include opening the doors of educational opportunity and ensuring access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans.  The diversity of our campus communities is a key strength – one that makes us who we are and allows our state colleges and universities to play the critical role they do.

As our nationwide dialog concerning Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) continues to unfold, we will continue to express our steadfast support for this policy and strongly urge our federal delegation to preserve its protections. Terminating or phasing out DACA would leave thousands of young people across the country, including perhaps some of our students, with uncertain futures. We are committed to working with our students, our faculty, our staff, and our representatives in Washington toward a long-term solution that supports DACA students and allows them to continue to contribute to our vibrant communities throughout Minnesota and to our economy. Our campuses will remain safe and welcoming places of inclusion, hope, and opportunity for all of our students, faculty, and staff.