Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History

The Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History was convened in fall 2018 to review the four Twin Cities campus buildings mentioned in the exhibit, A Campus Divided, and the MSA Resolution to Rename Coffman Union (pdf), and recommend actions to the administration. President Eric Kaler and Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson convened this task force to build upon the body of work completed by the President’s and Provost’s Advisory Committee on University History (the Coleman Committee) during the 2017-18 academic year.

In February 2019, the Task Force published its final report, Report of the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History (pdf).

With the completion of its final report, the Task Force on Building Names and Institutional History has completed its charge and will now dissolve. Some members of the Task Force may serve on the University’s permanent Advisory Committee on University History, which will be named by President Kaler and Provost Hanson in spring 2019. This permanent committee will foster ongoing public discussion and dissemination of knowledge about University history systemwide and, as appropriate, consider future, more diverse namings.

Further updates on this process, including the assignment of the Advisory Committee on University History and insight into its ongoing work, will be posted on this site as information is available.