June 13, 2024 Newsletter


In observation of the Juneteenth holiday, university offices and select services will be closed on Wednesday, June 19.

Linkages Mentor Program Provides Support to First-Year Students

Linkages Mentor Program students.
When first-year student Nadia Khumbah received an email to apply to the Linkages Mentor Program, she knew she wanted to right away. As an international student from Cameroon, Khumbah was nervous about feeling a sense of belonging and finding community so far from home. Since the program is designed for students typically underrepresented at the…
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Religious Liberty Legal Clinic Files Supreme Court and 9th Circuit Briefs

Thomas Berg.
The School of Law's Religious Liberty Appellate Clinic, led by Professor Thomas Berg, has filed amicus curiae briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Supreme Court case disputes the higher fees charged to religious broadcasters versus secular broadcasters. The 9th Circuit case involves the First Amendment religious…
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DOD SMART Scholar Leverages Master's Degree for Career Pivot

Frankie Torbor
Pursuing a master's degree while working full time is not always easy to do. And landing a prestigious scholarship after enrollment can be challenging. However, for Frankie Torbor, his ambitions helped him land a SMART Scholarship with the Department of Defense, all while attending evening classes at the University of St. Thomas School of Engineering…
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News and Events

Celebrate Juneteenth at RJI Virtual MasterClass

Join the Racial Justice Initiative for a special MasterClass session celebrating Juneteenth. Dr. Yohuru Williams will dive into the rich tapestry of the holiday. Celebrate freedom, delve into untold stories and engage in thought-provoking discussions. Participants must register ahead and have the option to join virtually on one of two dates, June 18 or June 19 from noon-1 p.m.
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Leaders Speak at Step-Up Boys Summit

Ea Porter, Buffy Smith, Yohuru Williams and Amy Smith
Leaders from across St. Thomas spoke on Monday at the 2024 Step-Up Boys Summit, a mentorship program hosted on the Minneapolis campus by the School of Education. Speakers, left to right, included Ea Porter, assistant director of community engagement and recruiting; Dougherty Family College Dean Buffy Smith; Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative; Tommie Gaston, the new director of the Step-Up Summer Summit; and School of Education Dean Amy Smith.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon welcomes participants to the 2024 Minnesota Student Voter Summit held inside the Anderson Student Center. Cohosted by the University of St. Thomas and the Center for the Common Good, the nonpartisan event brought together students and community leaders from across the state to learn about strategies to drive civic engagement and student voter participation. (Brandon Woller '17/University of St. Thomas)

In the News

Media Highlights:

Shaherzad Ahmadi, associate professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences, published an op-ed in The Hill about the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and the fragility of the upcoming election of a new leader.

Pamela Hill Nettleton, communication studies and emerging media faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences, recently published an article in U.S. Catholic about the Netflix show "Resident Alien" and how a nonhuman reveals the humanity in all of us.

Manjeet Rege, software engineering and data science professor at the School of Engineering, was quoted in a ZDNet article about scammers using AI-powered voice cloning technology to scare people into handing over their money.

Tyler Schipper, associate professor of economics in the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke with CBS News about projections for savings account interest rates this summer.

Read more St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

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