Engaging U Newsletter - 3/8/13

Engagement Profile

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In each edition of Engaging U, we will feature a University of Minnesota engagement unit or center. If you have suggestions for upcoming profiles, please contact Amber Cameron (acameron@umn.edu).

For this edition of our Engaging U spotlight we meet Merrie Benasutti, Associate Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership and Coordinator of Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement (CHANCE). CHANCE was selected by the Office for Public Engagement as the University of Minnesota representative for the 2013 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.

1) Describe the work of your office.

Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement (CHANCE) is a student initiative of the Center for Integrative Leadership. CHANCE was created by students and remains a student-led initiative. The main goal of CHANCE is to strengthen the interdependent relationship between Cedar-Riverside residents and business owners and the University of Minnesota. This is accomplished through civic engagement programming that builds the capacity of all of us, as neighbors, to advance a shared vision. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood has long been home to both immigrant and counter-culture communities. The vibrant multi-cultural neighborhood that is healthy and capable is clouded by a perceived lack of safety and the struggles of new immigrants. This neighborhood is directly adjacent to the University of Minnesota’s West Bank.

2) What is a current engagement project your unit is working on?

CHANCE is a student-led, collaborative initiative involving a year-long, graduate public affairs course created by the students, a neighborhood business fellows program, and a cross-cultural learning series. CHANCE has achieved many accomplishments; including addressing community safety issues leading to a new neighborhood safety center that has coincided with a decrease in reported crime. Additionally, CHANCE successfully promotes neighborhood businesses through the neighborhood business fellows program. We have shared case studies of local businesses, completed a Regional Entrepreneur Perception Analysis for the West Bank Business Association, and is currently working on a neighborhood ambassador program. Ten CHANCE student members have received individual student or community leadership awards for their individual achievements through CHANCE. Overall, the success of CHANCE is defined by meaningful learning experiences for students and increased community capacity.

3) What neighborhoods/communities/counties/etc. is this project partnering with?

The CHANCE initiative partners with the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood and associations within the neighborhood including the West Bank Community Coalition (WBCC), the Cedar Riverside Neighborhood Revitalization Program (CRNRP), and the West Bank Business Association (WBBA).


Join the Campus Community Coordinators Alliance for their first meeting of 2013

The Campus Community Coordinators Alliance was formed over 10 years ago with the goal of bringing together people at the U of M who see their work as engaging the University community with the broader community. The purpose of this meeting is to gather input through a facilitated conversation about the goals and vision for the group. Whether you have attended every past CCCA meeting or this will be your first one, we invite all to come and contribute to the shaping of our alliance. Two areas of conversation that are already in process that we hope to integrate into the discussion are how CCCA might better align with the Office of Public Engagement and implementation of the community project online tracker tool to better serve community requests for partnership. Please join us for the first CCCA meeting of 2013 on Tuesday, April 9th from 2:30-4:30. Please RSVP to Katie Peacock, kpeacock@umn.edu, if you are able to attend.

College of Pharmacy Receives Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award

Congratulations to the College of Pharmacy on being selected to receive the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award, which recognizes a school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research. The college was recognized for bringing direct care to underserved communities locally and nationally; developing new practices in underserved rural, urban, and Native American communities; and advocating for the ability of pharmacists to serve the public.

Restorative Justice Community Action (RJCA) Seeks Community Members

RJCA is the nonprofit organization who partners with Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, the courts, and the police to manage a restorative justice option for offenders who commit specific misdemeanors. The University also has a contract with RJCA which helps support services in the campus area. RJCA is always looking for community members (if you live, work, study, or do business here, you qualify) to participate on the panels who meet with offenders to represent the community interest in developing their plans for restorative action. Panels are held on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings, and you can opt to attend as many as you’d like. RJCA is also looking for service projects to offer to referred participants. If you’re interested in participating or have a service project in mind contact RJCA by phone (612) 746-0780(612) 746-0780 or e-mail: http://www.rjca-inc.org/

MaGrath Community Engagement Award Nominations Due March 15 to OPE

The Office for Public Engagement seeks applications for the C. Peter MaGrath Community Engagement Award and the Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award. Sponsored by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), these are regional and national awards that recognize public colleges and universities for their engaged learning and discovery. The APLU accepts one application from each institution. A University-wide awards committee will review applications to determine which should represent the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. We invite University units and their community partners to submit applications by March 15, 2013. Download application guidelines from the APLU website. Please submit a cover page, abstract, and narrative response to sections 2 through 5 of the award application to avp-ope@umn.edu. Please notify us of your intent to apply as soon as possible by sending an email to the same address. For questions and additional information, contact Amber Cameron in the Office for Public Engagement.

President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award Nominations Due March 25 to OPE

This newly established systemwide award recognizes one faculty or P&A individual annually for exemplary community-engaged scholarship in his/her field of inquiry. The faculty or P&A recipient will have demonstrated a longstanding academic career that embodies the University of Minnesota’s definition of public engagement. Each college on the Twin Cities campus and the campuses of Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester may select one individual to serve as a finalist for award. All finalists become eligible for the University-wide award. Detailed instructions regarding the nomination process for the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award can be found on the Office for Public Engagement website.

All nominations must go through the designated “college contact” listed on the President’s Community-Engaged Scholar Award website. Nominations materials are due Monday, March 25.

Outstanding Community Service Awards Due April 5 to OPE

The Outstanding Community Service Awards recognize faculty, staff, students, and University-affiliated community members who, by devoting their time, talents, and expertise to serve the public good through research, teaching, and/or public service have made significant, demonstrable contributions to society's well-being. Four awards will be made: (1) Outstanding Faculty Member Community Service Award; (2) Outstanding Student Community Service Award; (3) Outstanding Staff Community Service Award; and (4) Outstanding Community Partner Service Award. Nominations for awards are due by 5 p.m. April 5. Full nomination guidelines can be found on the award's web page.

Upcoming Events

Featured Resource

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Purdue University’s Service Learning Reflection Journal

On Purdue’s ePubs are two new Service-Learning reflection journals available to download for free. These academic tools were created to help students with Service-Learning and Academic Community Engagement assignments and projects. The journal has reflection assignments to help prepare for a Service-Learning project, as well as the conclusion of the project. Reflection in the classroom is an important teaching tool for critical thinking. Students have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience by answering prompted questions that stimulate thoughts and ideas. For more information and to download these journals, go to


  • Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award (Deadline: March 29, 2013)
    Applicants must be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution. They must also be a senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) appointment. Evidence of deeply engaged, high-quality academic work: demonstrated integration of civic and community engagement in one’s teaching, research, and/or service.

  • 2013 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty (Deadline: April 26, 2013 at 5 pm)
    This annual award recognizes a faculty member who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. The Lynton Award is designated as an award for early career faculty. The award will be presented at the 19th Annual Conference of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky.


  • Call for Proposals: 14th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (Deadline: March 15, 2013)
    Proposals are being sought for presentations and posters that will inform or advance the research and practice of Engaged Scholarship and University-Community Partnerships through means of research findings, innovate program design and partnership models, proven community-institutional impacts, effective curriculum or service-learning models, collaborative policy development and integration, or successful civic engagement practices.

  • Cancer Summit Call for Papers, Breakout Sessions, and Posters (Deadline: March 29, 2013)
    The Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations and Minnesota Cancer Alliance would like to invite, medical/public health professionals, community-based organizations, community engaged researchers, and students to submit abstracts for posters, papers and panel presentations at the 2013 Cancer Disparities Summit: Working Together to Find Solutions, June 19-20 2013 in Minnetonka, MN. For criteria, email Hirs0090@umn.edu

  • Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives: Spring 2013 Request for Letters of Interest and Proposals (Deadline: May 17, 2013)
    The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute invites letters of interest and proposals for three spring funding opportunities:
    1) Planning Grant (open to the community and University faculty and research staff)
    2) University Research Grant Graduate and
    3) Professional Student Research Grant


UMore Park Advisory Board seeks nominations

The UMore Park team is pleased to invite nominations for new members to the UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board. The Academic Mission Advisory Board, established in November 2008, helps to identify mechanisms to integrate University research, education and public engagement into UMore Park planning and development. The deadline for nominations of University faculty, undergraduate and graduate students and staff members is Friday, March 15, 2013. See details for further information on how to submit nominations of others or self-nominate. Please contact Allie Klynderud with questions, klynd002@umn.edu or 612-626-4794612-626-4794.

Neighborhood Liaison Program Job Posting

The Office for Student and Community Relations is launching a Neighborhood Liaison program that will identify identify property owners and students renting in the neighborhoods around the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus and plug them into an information network to help student renters meet their neighbors, share strategies for working with landlords, neighbors, or roommates, share resource information, promote volunteering, and plan social and community events. The Office for Student and Community Relations is seeking to hire four students (stipend provided) for the coming academic years. If you would like more information or application materials, please contact Kendre Turonie, Coordinator for Student and Community Relations.

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) offering summer & fall classes

  1. ID 3574 -- Race in America Then and Now: "Post-Racial" Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement

    -Summer Term (June 3-24, 2013)
    -6 credits

    This program explores that era’s struggles as well as current movements for equality, and dares to ask questions about racial justice in America today. During the three-week program, students meet with civil rights activists who were active in the 1960s and those who are active now, and with lawyers, politicians, educators, and youth to learn about how America’s present is inextricably linked to its past.
  2. ID 3571, 3572, & 3573 -- Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment

    -Fall Semester (also offered every spring semester)
    -16 credits (full-time, off-campus, semester program including an internship)

    This program looks at the economy, housing systems, education, welfare, government policies, urban sprawl, regional race and class segregation, and institutional discrimination. This program is based off-campus in the Twin Cities community and includes a 20-hour per week internship placement.

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