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University of Minnesota leaders available to discuss intersection of crime, safety and campus climate before Jan. 29 forum

January 29, 2014

Media note: Members of the media interested in staying for the forum must arrive by 5 p.m.

Who: Vice President of University Services Pamela Wheelock; Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert; Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young; event co-organizer and College of Education and Human Development Associate Dean Na’im Madyun
What: Media availability before the "Forum on Campus Crime and Safety," designed to foster discussion about campus safety and ways to address related issues in the University community
When: Media availability from 4:30 to 4:55 p.m., forum from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014
Where: Cowles Auditorium Atrium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis

Students, faculty and staff will hold a forum to foster discussion about campus safety, including the impact of racial profiling and racial stereotypes on campus climate, and ways to address these issues together in the University of Minnesota community.

U of M leaders will participate as panelists, emphasizing the importance of diversity, respect and tolerance while promoting safety on and near the Twin Cities campus.

Media availability with Vice President of University Services Pamela Wheelock; Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert; Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Danita Brown Young; and event co-organizer, College of Education and Human Development Associate Dean Na’im Madyun, will take place from 4:30 to 4:55 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the atrium of Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis.

The forum, organized and/or sponsored by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the African American and African Studies Department, the College of Education and Human Development, the Office for Public Engagement and the Public Engagement Council, is scheduled to run from 5 to 7 p.m. in Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, Minneapolis.

The forum is one way University leaders hope to engage students, faculty and staff around improving campus safety and climate. The University convened a metro-wide "Public Safety Strategy Session" with law enforcement agencies, public safety experts and civic leaders on Jan. 28, and is planning a student "Town Hall" meeting in the coming weeks. The U is also advocating for federal and state legislation mandating "kill switch" technology and other measures to discourage the resale of stolen electronic devices.

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