Happy 2018!

So maybe you were lucky enough to be snuggled in at home today after our "snowpacalypse" or maybe you had to trudge to campus this morning, either way, welcome back to campus as we start our second week of school!

As you probably noticed on your way in last week a large tent has appeared on the mall. This structure is in preparation for Super Bowl activities on campus so please be aware that from Friday, January 26, 2018, up until the Monday after the Super Bowl the city will be ramping up, getting increasingly crowded and our campus will be just a bit more bustling than normal. As far as we know, there will be no official University-wide adjustments to class schedules keep in touch with your faculty for more information and the dates get closer.

Of course, there's a lot more going on than just the Super Bowl. MCSE has hired another new staff member, Sylvia Vue! You can find out more about Sylvia below. We'll also have more information about our Power & Privilege series in the next newsletter and there's also plenty of opportunities from internships to the Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Summit (IWWOCSS) this semester. Cruise down to our Opportunities section to find out more! 

As per usual, MCSE will host the Black History Month calendar on our website so make sure you are checking in on all those activities. But we'll have a much more information in our February newsletter so be on the lookout for that!

With that, we hope you have a productive semester! 
Name: Sylvia Vue
Hometown: Fresno, CA
Major/Minor: Graphic Design, B.A | Communication Studies, B.S / Sociology | Mental Health Counseling, M.S. 
Title: Student Life Advisor


Here’s a little bit of information about me. I am a first-generation college student and U.S. born Hmong American.  As a first generation student, I’ve been on both sides of the spectrum; from nearly dropping out of college to becoming actively involved as a student leader, advocate, and graduate student.  These experiences have helped to shape who I am and why I am in the field of higher education today.   

My passion is in advocacy, representation, and creating change in higher education systems to provide accessibility, equity, and opportunities for all students. Some fun facts about me are that I am a lover of all things cute, Art and Karaoke are my escape, and most horror movies don't scare me.

Thanks for reading about me and I’m excited to be in this role, and I look forward to working with all of you!
Our Voices: Indigenous and Women of Color is a dialogue group which aims to support and engage the intersection of identities, foster a safe space for identity development, self-expression, and self-reflection, and develop responsible leaders to advance the needs and enrich the experiences of indigenous women and women of color.
  • Monday, February 5, 2018: Kendra Okposo (EOAA): Speaking up in the moment! Communicating through power dynamics
All meetings are from 4:00-5:30 pm in 41 Appleby Hall
Tongues Untied is a space by and for People of Color who identify as LGBTQIA and/or Same-Gender-Loving. This program is designed to enhance and center the experiences of queer indigenous people and people of color. 
  • Thursday, February 1, 2018: Black Rage, Sadness, and Joy Featuring: Jason Jackson | In this interactive workshop, Jason Jackson will use the art of storytelling to illuminate how he continuously leans into his rage, sadness, and joy in his everyday existence as a queer black man in the Twin Cities.
All meetings are from 5:30-7:00 pm in 223 Appleby Hall 
This summit is by and for indigenous women and women of color students to learn from each other, network, and explore leadership, personal, and professional development. The summit prioritizes and centers the voices and experiences of women-identified indigenous students and students of color. 

Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Summit
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Registration is NOW open! Questions? Email us at
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018: Women's Center Open House + Director Meet and Greet | 2:30-4:30 pm | 65 Appleby Hall (Women's Center Study/Lounge) | Drop in to meet Anitra Cottledge, the new Director of the Women’s Center, in our study/lounge and learn more about our programs -- including FAB, our student volunteer program! Treats provided!
  • Friday, January 26, 2018: Feminist Ambassador Brigade New Member Training | 3:30-7:30 pm | 103 Appleby Hall | To join FAB, students must complete a four-hour training, offered once a semester! Dinner provided. 
    RSVP required! 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Spring Activities Fair | Noon-4:00 pm | Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall 
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Office Hours with President Kaler | 10:00-11:00 am | Morrill Hall, Room 202 | More Information
  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018-Thursday, February 1, 2018 (Tuesday-Thursday): Nutritious U | Coffman Memorial Union, Rm 210 | 10:00-4:00 | Nutritious U is an on-campus, free food pantry available to any graduate and undergraduate student attending the University of Minnesota. If you or anyone you know is interested in donating, you may do so here.  
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018 (Weekly): Walking in Two Worlds: Sharing Indigenous Student Experiences Through Talking Circles | COIN (Circle of Indigenous Nations) Office | 4:30-6:00 pm | For more information contact Jill Fish, M.S. (716) 715-4550 or
  • The Weisman Art Museum has student internship positions open in their Education and Communication divisions. Students can get more details on Internship positions and apply here: 
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