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White students’ discrimination complaints at MCTC create atmosphere of censorship

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Some believe that the administrative decision surrounding a Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) English professor who received a reprimand last year may have “far-reaching ramifications” for academic freedom. Shannon Gibney was reprimanded by MCTC last fall after students in her Mass Communications class formally complained to officials that she “offended them” during a discussion on racism. In a letter sent to all

Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) members dated January 21, Liberal Arts Vice-President Damon Kapke wrote, “The MSCF is deeply concerned” after Gibney’s appeal was denied by the MnSCU System Office. Gibney is Black, and reportedly the students who charged her with discrimination were White. Kapke continued, “The actions taken against Ms. Gibney by her administration undermine the time-honored concept of academic freedom, the right of faculty to teach within their subject areas in an atmosphere of free intellectual inquiry without undue pressure from their administrations or outside groups that might find the lessons counter to their interests. Continue Reading →

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Most agree MCTC needs more faculty of color




By Vickie Evans-Nash

Contributing Writer

In last week’s story, one former and two current faculty members questioned Minneapolis Community & Technical College’s commitment to creating a diverse faculty. What may contribute to a lack of confidence in the college’s efforts is that while these and other concerned faculty members envision a faculty that reflects their student body, the college’s administration, under criteria set by the overall Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, has no obligation to create such an environment. Diana Cusick is director of legal affairs for MCTC. In that capacity, she oversees the school’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity goals. All MnSCU colleges and universities are required to submit Affirmative Action plans every two years using State documentation that divides the Minnesota workforce into Affirmative Action categories. Continue Reading →

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