Tag Archive: University of Minnesota

  1. New Carlson Centennial Scholars Program benefits women and underrepresented students

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    The University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management has established a new $50 million scholarship fund that will provide increased support for women and underrepresented students, creating about $2.25 million in scholarships annually.

    Named in honor of the school’s centennial, the Carlson Centennial Scholars Program will award recurring, renewable scholarships to at least 75 students each year. Eligible students will be selected by the Carlson School based on a variety of factors, including academic merit, diversity and financial need. Students in the Centennial Scholars Program will also receive specialized programming and a stipend to help cover the cost of the Carlson School’s study-abroad requirement.

    The relationship between the Carlson Family Foundation and the University of Minnesota has spanned four generations of the Carlson family, and we remain committed to our belief that the success of the University is closely intertwined with the success of all Minnesotans. The Carlson Family Foundation is proud to support the Centennial Scholars Program, which will carry forward our mission of elevating the University and providing opportunities for its best and brightest students.

    Learn more about the Carlson Centennial Scholars Program.

  2. Investigating sexual exploitation among Minnesota high school students

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    Every three years, the University of Minnesota conducts the Minnesota Student Survey, a statewide survey of high school students meant to help us better understand youth behaviors. In addition to questions about positive youth behaviors, such as connection to family, school and community, the survey includes questions about risk-taking behaviors, such as the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

    Associate Professor Lauren Martin answering questions about the survey results.

    For the first time in 2019, with the support of the Carlson Family Foundation, the Minnesota Student Survey asked about sexual exploitation and found that 1.4% of survey respondents had traded sex for money, food, drugs, a place to stay or something else.

    As a next step, the Foundation is funding the Minnesota Youth Sex Trading (MYST) project through the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. This research project will help providers better understand and serve LGBTQ+ youth, cisgender boys and other critical populations who engage in transactional sex. By exploring risk and protective factors and incorporating youth voices, the project will help researchers identify new strategies to promote wellness and prevent sex trading.

    Learn more about this groundbreaking study.

  3. Ibram X. Kendi discusses antiracism as part of Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series

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    Ibram X. Kendi, a prominent scholar and antiracism activist, spoke about the state of racism in America as part of the Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series, presented by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and moderated by MPR News host Angela Davis.

    Ibram X. Kendi speaking with MPR News host Angela Davis on antiracism on Sept. 30, 2020.

    “Racist ideas are like rain, sort of raining on people’s heads, and then it’s soaking people. And then the racist ideas are convincing people that they’re dry,” said Kendi on Wednesday night. “The heartbeat of being racist is denial.”

    Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books, including How to Be an Antiracist. He was named to Time magazine’s 2020 Time100 list of the most influential people in the world.

    The Distinguished Carlson Lecture Series has been presented for nearly four decades, providing a platform for world-renowned speakers to shed light on some of the most pressing topics of the day.

    Learn more about Kendi’s conversation.