For the past three years, one University of Minnesota student has battled payday lending. Adam Rao, a graduating MBA candidate at the Carlson School of Management, has worked with two different companies to help those effected by payday lending, a formof high-interest, short-term money lending. “[It’s] a horrible, predatory practice that primarily affects people with lower and moderate incomes,” Rao said. The total, usually an average of $500, is typically required to be repaid in two weeks, unless borrowers pay for an extension.
Mandating that faculty members support university diversity initiatives may betray an ideological bias, according to an Oregon Association of Scholars report. The report, released in March, said imposing hiring “diversity statements” can be detrimental.
A new study shows 80 percent of UMN Law School faculty are liberal. Some say that could hurt education.
Ideological imbalances in law school faculty across the nation may not prepare students for legal careers, according to an article by a Case Western Reserve University law professor. While some professors and students at the University of Minnesota Law School agree an imbalance exists, they say it doesn’t necessarily have a direct negative impact.
University of Minnesota nurses school is placing a new focus on issues of addiction among registered nurses — an issue rarely covered in nursing programs. The School of Nursing incorporated a specialized curriculum into its degree program last year to make students aware of addiction and to address stigma and attitudes surrounding the problem.
Armed with $4.5 million from the state, the University of Minnesota is funding 11 new projects to combat the spread of invasive species. Species like oak wilt fungus, emerald ash borer and gypsy moth will be targeted with the research. Ecology professor Jeannine Cavender-Bares will use hyperspectral imagery to detect and monitor the spread of oak wilt in Minnesota.
Since last fall, Simon Cecil has bailed 39 people out of jail — some for as little as $78. Cecil, a third-year graduate student in a dual degree program at the Carlson School of Management and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, started Minnesota Freedom Fund — a nonprofit organization that bails people out on small, misdemeanor charges.
To address concerns over the effect of immigration policies on students, University of Minnesota administrators have created a new team to field questions. The new group, called the Immigration Response Team, was created by the University and provides resources and support to anyone affected by changes in federal U.S.
While immigrating to the U.S. can be stressful, living in a small apartment with food readily available and not needing to walk long distances to work can also cause health problems for new arrivals. To help immigrants manage their health, Abdullahi Sheikh, a Pillsbury United Communities health programs manager, started a six-week course for people over the age of 60 in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.
Growing up in a small Dakota community in southwest Minnesota and attending public school, Vanessa Goodthunder never saw a Native American teacher leading her classes. Goodthunder, a teacher candidate at the University of Minnesota, said she never saw a strictly Native American curriculum taught, either; when it was, it was in a generalized and stereotypical fashion. The experience pushed her to go into teaching. “My goal was to become a teacher and change that for other students and change the curriculum,” Goodthunder said.
Months after announcing the closure of a financially struggling University of Minnesota dental clinic in Cedar-Riverside, dentistry school leaders have decided to keep it open. Input from community members and local and state leaders spurred the decision to keep the clinic open, which lost nearly $800,000 last year.