On Wednesday, April 3, 2019, students from across the University of Minnesota will take part in “Support the U Day,” an annual, student-led advocacy event at the state capitol. This event is a chance for students to reflect on the value of their University education and to share their experiences with elected officials. The day includes a rally and afternoon meetings with legislators.
According to University policy, participation in this event does not automatically entail an excused absence from classes. However, given the importance of having legislators hear student voices and learn about students’ current experiences, I encourage instructors to accommodate absences, if possible, for students who could appropriately attend.