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Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Serving the UMN community since 1900

The Minnesota Daily

Katelyn Vue

Katelyn Vue, Associate Reporter

Name: Katelyn Vue
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @katelyn_vue
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Katelyn is the community reporter of the Minnesota Daily, who covers marginalized communities and underrepresented voices at the University of Minnesota. She joined the Daily in 2020 as a reporter intern covering graduate and professional students. In fall 2020, she became an associate reporter. As a third-year student, she is majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Katelyn is a Hmong American, first-generation student and a ThreeSixty Journalism alum. She was born and raised in the East Side of Saint Paul.

All content by Katelyn Vue
Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

New three-year project will deepen knowledge on disability by facilitating virtual spaces and discussions

Published May 4, 2021
Beginning in fall 2021, the Critical Studies Disability Collective will host the project that examines disability through the lenses of race, disposability and more.
CFANS professor Job Ubbink poses for a portrait on the St. Paul campus on Thursday, April 22. Ubbink created a new course focused on the intersection between food and culture.

New CFANS course connects food and culture

Published April 23, 2021
The course aims to strengthen intercultural awareness through food.
After a white man shot and killed 8 people, 6 of them Asian women, at Atlanta-area spas, protesters gathered at the Asian Solidarity Protest in Minneapolis to denounce white supremacy on March 18, 2021.

Asian and Asian American community members heal and process after Atlanta-area shootings

Published March 31, 2021
Amid the rise of anti-Asian crimes, the Atlanta-area shootings have sparked protests and rallies in the Twin Cities.
Brendan Kishketon, Director of the Ojibwe Language Department at the University of Minnesota, poses in front of Radius Apartments on Thursday, March 25. Kishketon had the vision to create the Ojibwe Immersion House that launched last year, which influenced the development of the Dakota Language House launching Fall 2021.

New Dakota Language House will open for students in fall 2021

Published March 27, 2021
The Dakota Language Program’s Living Learning Community will be housed in the Radius Apartments in Dinkytown.
Courtesy photo of Richard Lee

Psychology department releases equity and inclusion draft plan for feedback

Published March 20, 2021
The department is collecting feedback on a draft of departmental recommendations for addressing equity and inclusion.
New initiative to support first-generation graduate students

New initiative to support first-generation graduate students

Published March 19, 2021
The University of Minnesota’s Graduate School launched the First-Gen Connect initiative to support all first-generation students in graduate programs.
School of Public Health releases draft plan for diversity, equity and inclusion

School of Public Health releases draft plan for diversity, equity and inclusion

Published March 14, 2021
The finalized plan is set to be released by this spring or summer.
Folwell Hall on Saturday, March 21. 2020.

All clear given following gas odor report inside Folwell Hall

Published March 8, 2021
A SAFE-U alert requested that anyone inside the Folwell Hall building immediately evacuate.
Committee uses equity lens to review every University administrative policy

Committee uses equity lens to review every University administrative policy

Published March 7, 2021
The committee aims to review all the University’s administrative policies by the end of June to identify potential negative impacts on marginalized communities.
Fatima Altaf poses for a portrait in front of the TRIO office building on Monday, March 1. She is a TRIO SSS student who plans to continue to stay in the program for four years. She has been an office assistant in the program for about a year.

TRIO Student Support Services will extend to a four-year program next fall

Published March 1, 2021
The program, which supports students from disadvantaged backgrounds, received a grant last August to fund the extension.
International Student Advisory Board members Yining Wang and Peng Ge pose in front of a row of world flags at the Carlson School of Management on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Wang is a masters student in the Carlson School and Ge is a Ph.D. student in the College of Pharmacy.

International Student Advisory Board’s new members focus on mental health, career prep

Published February 28, 2021
Recruitment for new board members, which usually occurs in the fall, was paused when the pandemic hit.
Sunny Thao, Hongfa Norasingh, and Kaysone Syonesa perform a play called “Naga Village” in the 2019 SEAD Project Gala.

Street theater project showcases stories from Southeast Asian communities

Published February 26, 2021
Funded by a grant from the University, artists will draw interviews from cities with some of the largest Southeast Asian populations in the state.
The ¡Presente!: 50 Years of Chicano & Latino Studies gallery on Friday, Feb. 19. The art gallery is celebrating the 50th anniversary of University of Minnesota’s Chicano and Latino Studies Department.

Chicano and Latino Studies department celebrates 50th anniversary

Published February 22, 2021
The department is honoring its 50th year with a series of events, starting with an exhibition featuring artwork inspired by the department’s historical archive.
Photo courtesy of Hana Maruyama (right) and Noah Maruyama (left), the hosts and producers of the Campu Podcast.

Podcast carries stories of incarcerated Japanese Americans through symbolic objects

Published February 16, 2021
A University Ph.D. candidate and her brother created the podcast to collect and preserve stories of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.
Photo courtesy of Asian Pacific American Resource Center

Fifth anniversary of Asian Pacific American Resource Center highlights new chapter

Published February 11, 2021
The center will celebrate its fifth anniversary supporting Asian American and Pacific Islander students on Feb. 25.
Bonnie Jenkins, the founder and executive director of the Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation, speaks at a conference. Courtesy photo.

Humphrey global policy fellow Dr. Bonnie Jenkins nominated to Biden administration

Published February 1, 2021
Jenkins was nominated to serve as undersecretary for arms control and international security affairs, and awaits confirmation from the Senate.
Report provides disaggregated data on economic well-being of Asian Minnesotans

Report provides disaggregated data on economic well-being of Asian Minnesotans

Published January 26, 2021
The report aims to provide a more accurate picture of how Asian Minnesotans, from a diversity of backgrounds, experience wealth and education.
Shantal Pai poses for portraits outside Mondale Hall on January 20th. “Hopefully we can get more diversity within the law system, more representation, as most of the students signed up are minority representing” Pai discusses her new law program to help first year students in the law school, a program to help POC in the University. ( Parker Johnson / Staff Photographer )

New program for first-year law students centers the experiences of students of color

Published January 25, 2021
The RISE program, led by third-year law student Shantal Pai, launched last week in an effort to create a safe space for students of color to discuss their experiences pursuing law.
Walter F. Mondale Hall is seen on Tuesday, June 5.

Law students take initiative for mental health

Published December 13, 2020
Students are pushing for greater support from the University’s Law School.
An old photo of Gregorio Montejo sits on the floor of the family’s apartment in Mankato, Minn. on Sunday, Nov. 22.

Over one year later, the Montejo family perseveres after deportation of father

Published November 25, 2020
One year since Gregorio Montejo’s arrest, the Montejo family deals with the aftermath of his ICE detainment and deportation.
Project coordinator Abdurrahman Mahmud poses for a portrait outside of Mixed Blood theater on Monday, Nov. 16. The theater is holding a new program to open the discussion about reproductive education, substance abuse and mental health within Somali and East African communities.

New Mixed Blood program to use storytelling to break down health stigmas

Published November 19, 2020
The program will create dialogue about reproductive education, mental health and substance abuse in East African communities.
Dental students raise concerns about COVID-19 safety

Dental students raise concerns about COVID-19 safety

Published November 13, 2020
Some students at the School of Dentistry say they have limited options to socially distance while waiting long hours between classes.
Code the Gap strives to diversify STEM fields

Code the Gap strives to diversify STEM fields

Published November 9, 2020
A new student group at the University is focused on closing the gaps in representation in STEM fields.
Mentorship program co-founders Kate Carosella, left, and Meriah DeJoseph pose for a portrait at the Institute of Child Development on Sunday, Nov. 8. The program serves students from underrepresented backgrounds who intend to pursue doctorates in psychology.

National mentorship program aims to diversify psychology fields

Published November 9, 2020
Two University graduate students started a mentorship program this fall in an effort to support underrepresented students who want to pursue psychology Ph.D. programs.
Zayna Jan poses for a portrait in front of a list of signatories on a petition she authored, which seeks to change the grading policy change in the School of Dentistry on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Students advocate for pass/fail classes to fulfill majors

Published October 22, 2020
A student petition with over 1,000 signatures has asked the University to allow pass/fail grading to count toward major requirements during the pandemic.
A voter enters the polling place at the Grace University Lutheran Church early in the morning on Tuesday, March 3.

A look at who’s running to represent the University area

Published October 15, 2020
Live on or near campus? Here are the candidates you can expect to see on your ballot come Election Day.
Stickers made for Swipe Out Hunger are displayed at the 17th Avenue Residence Hall on Friday, Oct. 9. Swipe Out Hunger is a program at the University of Minnesota where students with meal plans can donate unused meal swipes to help classmates who may not have enough.

With COVID-19 restrictions, Swipe Out Hunger looks for new ways to support food insecure students

Published October 13, 2020
After the cancellation of this year’s donation drive left the organization without any donated meals swipes, UMN Swipe Out Hunger met with U.S. Senator Tina Smith to advocate for students facing food insecurity.
A ‘long overdue’ letter ends a partnership between two Greek councils

A ‘long overdue’ letter ends a partnership between two Greek councils

Published October 5, 2020
The Panhellenic Council sent a letter to the Interfraternity Executive Council ending their partnership for the rest of the term.
Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Student Counseling Services expands group counseling for students of color and LGTBQ+ students

Published October 3, 2020
SCS has created new affinity groups, spaces specifically for students with shared identities to make connections and feel empowered.
International students face added challenges to online learning

International students face added challenges to online learning

Published October 1, 2020
International students taking classes from their home countries are managing conflicting time zones, lack of sleep and isolation while navigating a new learning environment.
Uprooted and Rising Campaign Co-Lead Meredith Song poses for a portrait at Northrop on Sunday Sep. 20.  Uprooted and Rising is a group striving to promote food sovereignty within the University of Minnesota system.

University students lead a driving force for food sovereignty

Published September 25, 2020
Uprooted and Rising Minneapolis is demanding the University cut ties with Cargill and Aramark.

CDES professor features over 200 community buildings and stories

Published September 14, 2020
"Landscapes of Hope" catalogues places where the George Floyd protests occurred, and aims to show the role our surroundings play in achieving social change.
BrightSide Volunteer Ian Roberts loads produce on a cart to move it out to a BrightSide van on Wednesday, Sep. 9. BrightSide regularly transports produce to communities that have limited access to fresh options.

UMN student group makes fresh produce accessible during pandemic

Published September 10, 2020
BrightSide Produce started at the University of Minnesota to help families and corner store owners provide healthy food options in an effort to end food insecurity.
Jae-Lah Lymon, left, and Fanta Diallo stand for a portrait outside of the UMPD headquarters on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus on Thursday, July 30 in Minneapolis. Students for a Democratic Society continues to push demands to disarm and defund UMPD while working to prepare students for interactions with UMPD.

UMPD reform efforts continue with “Cop Watch” training and demonstrations

Published August 1, 2020

After several months of efforts to reform and defund the University of Minnesota Police Department, student leaders are continuing to push for change. “Cop Watch” training for students, a campus community...

Newly elected MSA President Amy Ma poses for a portrait outside of the Northrup Auditorium on Sunday, April 19.

MSA President Amy Ma discusses evolving pandemic, UMPD reform and campus reopening

Published July 29, 2020

The Minnesota Daily spoke with Amy Ma, the 2020-2021 Minnesota Student Association president, about the global pandemic, University of Minnesota Police Department reform and challenges for students highlighted...

A new website launched by The Graduate School Diversity Consultation Team aims to help faculty better support students from marginalized backgrounds and fight racism at the institutional level. 

Faculty Fighting Racism: A new learning initiative for faculty

Published July 24, 2020

Faculty Fighting Racism, a new University of Minnesota initiative, was created July 1 as a first step to provide resources for understanding anti-racism and empowering faculty to take action.  The...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Graduate and professional students facing greater disparities due to COVID-19

Published July 18, 2020

Graduate and professional students face disparities and added financial hardships based on first-generation status, caretaking responsibilities of family members and social class, according to new data.  More...

Ralph Rapson Hall, home to the University of Minnesota’s architecture program, seen located on Church Street Southeast on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. 

School of Architecture works to address racial and spatial justice

Published July 17, 2020

Less than two weeks into her position as a new professor and head of the University of Minnesota’s School of Architecture, Jennifer Yoos released a statement with a list of action items to address racial...

The current exterior of Morrill Hall on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus on Friday, July 3.

Over 150 years ago, tribal land revived the University. Now, American Indian leaders, students and faculty want this history addressed

Published July 11, 2020

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council released resolutions for the University of Minnesota to address its historical injustices against American Indian people as a land-grant institution.  With help...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

UMN groups demand online classes as default for fall, cite concerns for marginalized communities

Published June 29, 2020

Several University of Minnesota advocacy groups are demanding that online classes be the default systemwide during fall semester to protect communities who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  On...

Unraveling racial disparities in the Twin Cities

Unraveling racial disparities in the Twin Cities

Published June 26, 2020

The police killing of George Floyd in May sparked a pivotal movement in Minneapolis to address long-standing issues on racial disparities and policing. Throughout history, the similarities of racial injustice...

A variety of kids with different backgrounds and health concerns, all striving to continue their education by using the upcoming program, RISE. (Jaci Zemenchik)

University student organizes a K-12 tutoring and mentorship program

Published June 9, 2020

A program started by a University of Minnesota student will provide online academic support for K-12 students who experience unexpected life complications such as illnesses, injuries and COVID-19.  The...

University student organizes a K-12 tutoring and mentorship program

Published June 7, 2020

A program started by a University of Minnesota student will provide online academic support for K-12 students who experience unexpected life complications such as illnesses, injuries and COVID-19.  The...

Soren Stevenson, a University of Minnesota student, was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet by police during a protest against police brutality on Sunday. (Image courtesy of Ryan Stevenson)

Students protesting police misconduct, systemic racism contend with police brutality

Published June 4, 2020

Countless members of law enforcement have perpetrated violence against many University of Minnesota students and community members at protests following the killing of George Floyd, according to several...

Bill Dane, attorney at Student Legal Services, poses for a portrait in Van Cleve Park in Minneapolis on Monday, June 1. Dane said his workload recently increased as more students need to settle legal disputes.

Students face challenges to ending lease during COVID-19

Published June 3, 2020

Working more than 40 hours a week at a pharmacy on the front lines of COVID-19, Maddy Riemenschneider is a second-year pharmacy student at the University of Minnesota trying to terminate her lease at WaHu...

Illustration by Hailee Schievelbein

Two advisory groups work to guide UMN during COVID-19 pandemic

Published May 8, 2020

Student representatives, faculty and officials from all five University of Minnesota campuses are working together in two advisory groups to provide recommendations to President Joan Gabel for the evolving...

From left, Marcel Thomspon, Shauanassey Johnson, Mychi Nguyen, Esha Dabbs, Destiny Coleman, Grace Coleman and Natashia Otiso. Courtesy of Abigail Rombalski .

Research group recommends community action to create spaces for marginalized youth

Published April 30, 2020

A University of Minnesota youth research project is recommending Minnesota take action to provide accessible spaces in the state to develop kinship and social action for youth that identify as Black, Indigenous...

Courtesy of Eli Sagor. 

UMN foresters start podcast for forestry storytelling

Published April 27, 2020

Two University of Minnesota foresters started a biweekly podcast earlier this month to share stories and bring foresters together statewide during the pandemic.  The podcast, named “Camp 8,” is...

Morrill Hall as seen on Saturday, Oct. 12.

Graduate students demand more action on COVID-19 student relief

Published April 23, 2020

A University of Minnesota graduate student group created a petition last week demanding that the University do more to support and provide relief to graduate students and vulnerable workers, especially...

Regent Ilean Her, a Hmong community leader, joined the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on May 9, 2019.

‘She’ll just keep marching forward’: Regent Ilean Her highlights passion for supporting students, equity

Published April 19, 2020

As a kid, Ilean Her watched her parents give guidance and support to families while they lived in the Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand. Not only did this experience allow her to develop a passion to...

Second year Ph.D. student Megan Red Shirt-Shaw studies Organizational Leadership and Policy.  Photo courtesy of Megan Red Shirt-Shaw and Jayme Halbritter (photographer).

A “groundwork for future generations”: Native American graduate student group plans ahead

Published April 15, 2020

A new student-led initiative aims to create a space for Native American graduate students to develop meaningful connections and pave the way for future generations. This new University community initiative...

Illustrated by Sarah Mai

Professional Student Government makes changes to constitution

Published April 6, 2020

The University of Minnesota's Professional Student Government is updating its constitution to support future goals of the organization. PSG’s constitution will have major changes by the end of the month...

Courtesy of Erika Sanborne.

How students are handling their mental health in the middle of a pandemic

Published March 29, 2020

Students and faculty on and off the University of Minnesota campus are exploring ways to maintain their mental health during change and transition brought on by the COVID-19 global pandemic.  Classes...

From left, candidates Scott Petty, Sarani Rangarajan, Eman Qureshi, Brett Heischmidt and Madison Anderson.

Meet the candidates for graduate and professional student government

Published March 26, 2020

As the all-campus elections approach, the University of Minnesota’s graduate and professional student government candidates prepare to campaign for leadership positions during the growing COVID-19 pandemic. The...

Freshman Nicholas Potthoff, an agricultural communication and marketing major, offers insights to other rural students in Coffey Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 25. 

Forging belonging for rural students at the Twin Cities campus

Published March 1, 2020

In an effort to connect students from rural areas, a new University of Minnesota initiative is working to strengthen community for these students to connect with one another. Many students from rural communities...