Andrea Jenkins was elected to represent ward 8 on the Minneapolis City Council on Nov. 7. She is the first African American trans-identified woman to be elected to the city council of a major city.
“I know first-hand the feeling of being marginalized, left out, thrown under the bus. Those days are over. We don’t just want a seat at the table — we want to set the table,” said Jenkins in a press release after her victory.
In addition to her public policy work, Jenkins is a poet, writer and oral historian. She is a 1999 graduate of Metro State with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She served as vice chair of the board of the Metropolitan State University Alumni Association.
Jenkins contributed to “A Good Time for the Truth,” a collection of essays by people of color in Minnesota. It was published in 2016 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, and is utilized in the Metro State course WRIT 300, Creative Writers, Identity and Race in the Twin Cities.
Neighborhood House bringing free fruits and vegetables to St. Paul campus
Neighborhood House, a multi-service agency based on the West Side of St. Paul, will bring their Mass Produce Distribution program to the East Side for the winter. The agency will give away fresh fruits, vegetables and other healthy food every month on Metro State’s St. Paul campus.
“Neighborhood House approached us with the idea of distributing food on our campus. We said we’d be proud to work with them,” said Phil Fuehrer, Interim Director of Student Life and Leadership Development. “And Sue Fust [coordinator of Metro State’s Student Parent Center] deserves the kudos for making partnership a reality.”
Produce will be distributed in Student Center 101 on Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, March 13, April 10 and May 8.
Participants will receive numbers at 1:30 p.m., and everyone with a number will get food. Distribution starts at 2 p.m. and ends when food supplies are gone. Participants should bring a form of ID and their own carts or bags.
The Mass Produce Distribution (MPD) events are open to St. Paul residents and Neighborhood House participants. The Metro State parking ramp will be free for MPD attendees on distribution days.
For more information, see neighb.org/mpd-2 or call 651−793−7340. Volunteers are needed to help on distribution days from 1 to 4 p.m. Register to volunteer at neighb.org/mpd-volunteer/.
Haute Dish reading to be held Nov. 28
Haute Dish, the arts and literary magazine of Metropolitan State University, will hold its fall reading on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge, Student Center, St. Paul campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Anyone who was published in Haute Dish in the last two years is invited to read their work.
“Students, staff, faculty and alumni are all invited… Read and share your work without the pressures of the big stage,” said Mary Ringstad, Haute Dish faculty advisor. “It’s an informal get-together, a counterpoint to our big Spring Reading at the Open Book in Minneapolis.”
For more information, or to sign up to read, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advocacy group Students United celebrates 50th anniversary
Students United, the advocacy group for students of the 7 Minnesota State universities, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a gala on Friday, Nov. 17. The event will be held at the James J. Hill Center in downtown St. Paul. Tickets are $45 – $100. See studentsunited.org for more information.
The nonprofit organization advocates for campus, state and federal policies on behalf of students at Metro State, Bemidji, Mankato, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Southwest (Marshall) and Winona. Students United also administers scholarships, fellowships and awards for students.
A party for Metro State student will be held Friday, Nov. 16, organized by Students United’s campus organizing intern Mohamed Mohamed and committee members Guyo Kotile, Guuled Ismail, Nuney Said, Andres Boland and Ashley Coyle. The 2017 feature film “Get Out,” from director Jordan Peele, will be screened from 1 to 3 p.m. in Founders Hall Auditorium. Free refreshments and dance music will follow in Student Center 101.
Best of Hmong Film Festival coming to Dayton’s Bluff Library
Highlights of Qhia Dab Neeg, a Hmong film festival, will be shown Thursday, Nov. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Dayton’s Bluff Library on the first floor of the Metropolitan State Library and Learning Center. Filmmakers will introduce and show their award-winning short films. In June 2017, Metro State hosted the 8th annual Qhia Dab Neeg Film Festival on the St Paul campus.
For more information about the screening, contact Kristine Sorensen at email@example.com.