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McNair Scholars a pipeline for people of color into STEM graduate studies

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Eighteen students from the Twin Cities and Duluth University of Minnesota campuses, Carleton College, and Macalester College this summer participated in research projects in hopes to convince them to pursue graduate degrees in the various sciences. The students — first-generation college students, students of color and low-income students who have nearly completed their undergraduate course work — were participants in the U of M Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, a 10-week summer research apprenticeship program where students are paired with a school faculty mentor and also paid a $3,000 stipend. “Many of the McNair Scholars that I was in school with are now faculty members and full professors in higher education,” reported Dr. Katrice Albert, the school’s equity and diversity vice-president. “I think McNair is so important for building the pipeline of people of color, women, and other underrepresented fields, and [getting] first-generation students into the graduate pipeline.”

“The McNair program across the country is the premier research activity for students of color at the undergraduate level who want to go into largely STEM fields,” added U of M President Dr. Eric Kaler. “The success rate nationally is enormous. Continue Reading →

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UROC: a North Minneapolis ‘gateway’ to U of M education

Dr. Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota, admits that he is aware of the Black community’s longtime skepticism toward the state’s land-grant university, an often strained relationship that did not improve when the university dropped the General College and made its “world-class” declaration in the late 1990s. A few years later, the opening of the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, otherwise known as UROC, on the city’s North Side in 2009 heightened suspicions among many Blacks. Continue Reading →

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U of M Black employees need their own support group

A reactivated Black Faculty and Staff  Association hopes to serve that purpose
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

When Alysia Lajune was hired last year by the University of Minnesota after working a dozen-plus years in such places as Columbus, Ohio and Washington, D.C., the notion that an organized Black faculty and staff group didn’t exist “shocked” her. “This is exactly the type of institution — a larger, predominately White institution” — that very much needs such a group, believes Lajune, who later learned from longtime university Black employees that one had existed over two decades ago. “The biggest issue then was [that Black] faculty felt like the organization was not meeting their unique needs, specific needs and concerns, and challenges,” she discovered. “And [Black] employees felt like faculty were being elitist and didn’t want to be involved with them,” she continued. “It became an issue of ‘We do our own thing and you guys do your own thing,’ but no real togetherness.”

Not discouraged, Lajune, who is the assistant to Vice-President of Equity and Diversity Dr. Katrice Albert, instead sought to reactivate the Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA). Continue Reading →

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