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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.

President Arthur: Standing together against violence

To the University community:

As you may have seen in the press, two Muslim men were shot early last Wednesday near the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus. One of the men is a Metropolitan State student.

Both were later treated and released from the University of Minnesota Medical Center. We are deeply grateful that there was no loss of life. However, the information initially available indicates that the unprovoked attack, which could have ended tragically, was not random, but was preceded by xenophobic hate speech.

University representatives are reaching out to our student to provide appropriate support in this frightening time for him and his community.

This latest local example of intolerance illustrates again the often short distance between violent words and violent actions. It also underscores why Metropolitan State takes so seriously our statement of university values, which affirms the vital importance of diversity, inclusion, and an open, respectful climate.

While we support free and open speech, we categorically denounce speech that furthers hatred and division. As reflected in our body of university policies, we do not tolerate workplace violence, verbal or physical. Moreover, we condemn acts of violence anywhere in our community. We stand in solidarity with our students and their communities against such words and acts.

Let us take this occasion, when both the holy month of Ramadan and our country’s annual celebration of liberty on July 4th have just been observed, to renew our collective commitment to inclusion, to diversity, to respect, and to standing as allies with those who are attacked or marginalized unjustly. Let us seek to offer to our society a better example of a vibrant intellectual and civic life in an urban setting. We want our students to know that the act of one does not alter the larger community’s goodwill. It is our continued intent to be, as an institution of higher education, an example of the civility, tolerance, and mutual support that can animate an informed, reflective society.

Thank you.

Virginia Arthur
President