Engaging U The University's Source for Public Engagement News
Tuesday, Nov. 19 , 2013
Once a month, Engaging U profiles the work of a publicly-engaged unit or center at the University of Minnesota. Email future Spotlight suggestions to Amber Cameron.
The University of Minnesota Center for Health Equity
The Center for Health Equity (CHE) is a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-designated center dedicated to improving the health of minority and other underserved populations through state-of-the-art research, training, and educational programming. Under the direction of School of Medicine professor Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, CHE is part of a network of more than 20 centers that work to achieve health equity through workforce development and promoting health disparity and minority health research and community partnerships.
An Active Partner
CHE encourages community partnerships in minority health and health equity research by supporting important health initiatives through community programs like the Stairstep Foundation's Body and Soul, which promotes healthy living through African American churches in the Twin Cities. Another CHE partnership with Wellshare International is focused on developing youth outreach and smoking cessation programs for the Twin Cities Somali community.
Opportunities for Students and Faculty
CHE offers research training programs for undergraduate students, medical students, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty to increase research in the areas of health equity and minority health, as well as to increase the number of medical professionals from underrepresented backgrounds. CHE also promotes health disparities and minority health research at the University and the surrounding area through a variety of trainings for students, faculty and community members including an annual grant proposals seminar and the Community Research Institute, an external grant review program, and lectures and dialogues that engage the University and community. Learn more.
Announcements U of M Office for Public Engagement (OPE) Seeks Applicants for the MacJannet Prize The Office for Public Engagement (OPE) is seeking applicants for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship, an international award recognizing exceptional student community engagement and community service. The award financially supports up to $7,500 for ongoing work of university based civic initiatives. OPE oversees a committee to review University applications. The deadline for applications to OPE is at 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 8. Learn more.
U of M Institute on the Environment Resident Fellows Competition The Institute on the Environment is recruiting a new cohort of resident fellows from across the University. The program supports creative faculty members from a range of backgrounds. Support includes $10,000 in flexible funding, plus ongoing support for collaborative research projects and international travel grants. Proposals due Dec. 15, 2013.
Set for 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, the University of Minnesota Power of Partnerships dinner showcases and celebrates partnerships between community organizations and healthcare research institutions. It's hosted by the University's Clinical Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity, and Program in Health Disparities Research. Learn more.
U of M Global Spotlight Grants for Students (Deadline: Dec. 4, 2013) The University's Global Programs and Strategy Alliance's Global Spotlight Grants are available for faculty, graduate, and professional degree students to support innovative research related to one of two themes: South Asia and global food security.
The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grants(Deadline: Jan. 13, 2014) Through Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts provides a limited number of grants, ranging from $25,000 to $200,000, for creative placemaking projects that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with the arts at their core.
John W. Gardner Leadership Award (Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014) Independent Sector's John W. Gardner Leadership Award recognizes visionaries working in or with the nonprofit community whose leadership has been transformative and who have empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, and inspired movements.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Award (Deadline: Feb. 4, 2014) The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation fellowship supports advanced doctoral students completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Cultural Exchange Fund (Deadline: Feb. 13, 2014) Supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this fund assists U.S.-based presenting professionals and their organizations and companies in building partnerships and collaborations with international touring artists, companies and their collaborators and to experience the work of artists from around the world in its cultural context.
Howard G. Buffett Foundation/U of W-Madison Agricultural Innovation Prize (Deadline: Feb. 28, 2014) Sponsored by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation and University of Wisconsin-Madison, this competition is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines involved in the development of solutions to social and agricultural challenges within the world's food systems.
Call for Proposals: IMPACT Conference (Deadline: Dec. 1, 2013) The 30th annual IMPACT Conference will be held February 27 through March 2, 2014 at Valparaiso University. The conference is the largest annual conference focused on the engagement of college students in service-learning, community-based research, and other forms of social action.
Call for Proposals: Socially Engaged Art (Deadline: Dec. 2, 2013) A Blade of Grass provides financial resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change.
Call for Papers: Journal of Community Psychology (Deadline: Dec. 30, 2013) The Journal of Community Psychology has issued a call for papers focused on organization theory in community psychology. This special issue will aim to advance the literature on organization theory through a focus on community contexts.
Call for Papers: Journal on Global Social Welfare (Deadline: Dec. 31, 2013) Premiering in 2014, Global Social Welfare will highlight research that informs the fields of global social development, social welfare policy and practice. Research that recognizes the significant link between individuals, families, and communities and their extended environments, as well as the interrelatedness of race, cultural context and poverty, are particularly welcome.
Call for Papers: Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement (Deadline: March 15, 2014) Editors of the Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement are publishing a Special Issue in 2015 with guest editors Brandon Kliewer at Florida Gulf Coast University and Judith Ramaley, President Emerita, Portland State University and Winona State University.
Call for Papers: eJournal of Public Affairs on Public Scholarship (Deadline: Ongoing) This journal is focused on scholarship related to engagement in the public arena and, in particular, in the considerations of citizenship, scholarship of teaching and learning, assessment of civic-engagement projects and relationship between engagement and social media.
Call for Papers: The Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (Deadline: Ongoing) This journal highlights innovative endeavors, critically examines emerging issues, trends, challenges and opportunities, and reports on the studies of impact in the areas of public service, outreach, engaged research, community-based participatory research, action research, public scholarship, service-learning and community-service.
Critical Participatory Action Research Summer Institute 2014 Hosted and organized by The Public Science Project, the Critical Participatory Action Research Summer Institute is designed to bring together participants from universities and community-based organizations around the country to introduce the theory, methods, and ethics of critical participatory action research to graduate students, faculty, and members of community-based organizations.