Where: Front steps of Morrill Hall, U of M campus mall
100 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
The University of Minnesota “celebrates” its 150 years of being a land grant institution designed for the “common good,” which allows for “learning, discovery and engagement.” But what does this mean when celebration obscures reality? When the “common good” negates the reality of discrimination that students, staff and faculty from historically marginalized communities experience on campus? The Whose Diversity? Collective is ready to question the University’s discourse of “success” and “progress” for our campus, a notion that stifles discussion, prevents growth, and disregards how the people from these communities endure exclusion on campus. Therefore, we are calling upon the University of Minnesota administration to uphold its commitment to diversity, and adhere to the demands presented by students who are representative of the communities that embody “diversity.”
We join in solidarity with other higher education student movements happening across the country that challenge mainstream narratives of diversity, such as: #BBUM (Being Black at U Michigan), #ITooAmHarvard, and the Higher Education Justice Movement in Minnesota.