Engaging U Newsletter - 12/17/12

Engagement Profile

photo of woman and child at Science Museum exhibit

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 Cathy Jordan and the Children Youth & Family Consortium. Jordan gives us an overview of her office's work in and around the Twin Cities community.

1) Describe the work of your office.

University of Minnesota Extension’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium (CYFC) is an all-University, community-engaged center that aims to educate professionals, translate research, and generate knowledge to enhance practice and inform policies that positively influence the education and health outcomes of children, youth and families. We approach our work through ecological and developmental lenses, and we value interdisciplinarity, reciprocity, and nonpartisanship.

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

Over the last several years, CYFC has worked with the Center for Early Education and Development and the Science Museum of Minnesota on Wonder Years: The Science of Early Childhood. Wonder Years is an exhibition about how young children develop, how we know how they development, and why the public should care about their development. Wonder Years also includes Citizen Conferences and topical forums. CYFC is conducting research on how Minnesota policymakers might use this exhibition and related citizen dialogues to inform their thinking and decision-making about early childhood.

3) What impact is this project having/expect to have?

Nearly 800,000 visitors per year have the opportunity to experience the Wonder Years exhibition to learn about how young children develop and the importance of creating nurturing environments and relationships. In February 2012, the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children gave its Distinguished Service Award to the Science Museum of Minnesota for its contribution to early childhood development through the Wonder Years exhibit. To extend the reach of the exhibit as a forum for learning, CYFC is coordinating field experiences for graduate and professional courses at the University of Minnesota and eventually, other higher education institutions as well. Students in courses such as child development, psychiatric mental health nursing, social work and law have visited the exhibit and engaged in reflective dialogue facilitated by CYFC staff in order to enrich their learning and their future professional practice.

Updates and Announcements

CURA staff member to serve on National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership board

Jeff Matson, Coordinator of Community GIS Program in Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, has been elected to serve on the The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) Executive Committee for 2013-2015. The NNIP is a collaborative effort by the Urban Institute and local partners to further the development and use of neighborhood information systems in local policymaking and community building. NNIP works to build local capacity, plans joint activities, and works in conjunction with affiliated organizations.

Proposals now being accepted for Faculty Interactive Research Program

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for their Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of this program is to encourage University faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant urban-research policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue. Regular faculty members are invited to apply. For requirements, terms of the award, and application procedures visit CURA's website.

CURA staff member's community organizing featured in Twin Cities Daily Planet

Jay Clark, Program Director of the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing (MCNO), an extension of the University of Minnesota's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) was featured in the Twin Cities Daily Planet for his work in community organizing and education. The interview highlights his work with refugees and immigrant communities around the Twin Cities. Read the full article.

Institute for Advanced Study Collaboratives Application Due January 31

Each year, the Institute for Advanced Study supports a limited number of research/creative collaboratives that promote synergistic interdisciplinary activity difficult within department structures. Collaborative activities vary: some collaboratives meet regularly for works-in-progress discussions or public workshops and other programs, others work together on projects. Some collaboratives incorporate a public component that encourages connections with the community. The Institute seeks participation from all colleges, schools, and campuses at the University and encourages graduate student participation in collaboratives. Learn more.

University of Minnesota—Twin Cities Internal Deadline January 18 for MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship

As a member of the Tallories Network, the University of Minnesota is invited to submit up to two nominations to be considered for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The MacJannet Prize was established in order to: recognize and encourage exceptional student community engagement and community service, financially support the ongoing work of university-based civic initiatives, elevate innovative civic engagement program models and disseminate information regarding the programs as examples of promising practices, strengthen public support for the global civic engagement movement in higher education, and to elevate the civic engagement of universities around the world. The University of Minnesota may select up to two nominations to be considered for the award. The Office for Public Engagement is conducting an internal application process to determine the nominations that will represent the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in the awards process. The Office for Public Engagement would like to invite university units who would like to be considered to submit applications to the Office for Public Engagement by Friday, January 18 at 4:00 p.m. Nomination guidelines and form are available on the Tallories Network website (http://talloiresnetwork.tufts.edu/wp-content/uploads/MJ-Nomination-Form-2013-Extend-Features.pdf). Please submit a complete nomination form to public@umn.edu. University of Minnesota—Twin Cities finalists will advance to the international competition. Please notify the Office for Public Engagement of your intent to apply as soon as possible by sending an email to acameron@umn.edu.

Upcoming Events

Featured Resource

Community-Engaged Research: A Quick Start Guide for Researchers is intended for academic researchers at UCSF who are interested in community-based partnerships for research. The Guide is a product of the Community Engagement Program of the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). The program’s primary aim is to help academic researchers develop effective and mutually-helpful collaborations with community-based organizations. The guide contains information on why community-engaged research is effective and the questions you need to ask in deciding what community-research partnership is right for you.


Funding and Awards

  • Collaborative Health Equity Award (Letter of Intent Deadline: December 17)
    The Wisconsin-Minnesota CTSA Collaborative Health Equity Award Program facilitates translational research dedicated to addressing minority health disparities to promote health equity. Wisconsin and Minnesota jointly contribute to one award for a maximum grant of $150,000 for 18-24 months.
  • Environmental Justice Small Grants Program (Deadline: January 7)
    The Environmental Justice Small Grants Program supports and empowers communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues.
  • Kauffman Foundation: Junior Faculty Fellowships in Entrepreneurial Research (Deadline: January 15)
    Program will award seven grants of $40,000 each to junior faculty members whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the body of literature in entrepreneurship.
  • MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship (Internal Deadline: January 18)
    The fifth annual MacJannet Prize will recognize exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in Talloires Network member universities around the world and contribute financially to their ongoing public service efforts. Contact Amber Cameron, acameron@umn.edu, if you are planning on submitting an application.
  • Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change: Mellon Scholar Fellowship (Deadline: January 25)
    ICGC-Mellon Scholar Fellowships support graduate students whose research interests emphasize humanistic and interpretive social science perspectives. Nominees are expected to conduct at least a portion of their dissertation research in Southern Africa.
  • J.W. McConnell Family Foundation: Community Service Learning Awards (Deadline: January 31)
    This program recognized successful community initiatives supported by robust community service-learning programs with awards of up to $7500. Awardees will also be celebrated in a video and at a national event.

Call for Proposals and Papers

  • 4th Asia Regional Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning in Hong Kong, China (Deadline: January 31)
    This conference provides a platform to connect knowledge from different academic disciplines and different social sectors, to learn from each others’ best practices and to apply knowledge in different settings to achieve a better world. Topics include: different modes/models of service-learning; building effective partnerships in service-learning; service-learning as civic education; global citizenship and international service-learning; program evaluation and assessment; fostering reflection/critical thinking; and higher education as a force to address social problems.
  • Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit: Call for Proposals (Deadline: February 11)
    This summit will provide opportunities for faculty, professional staff, student and community leaders interested in higher education civic engagement activities to network and learn from one another while engaging in skill-building sessions as well as discussing important issues facing our communities and campuses.
  • 2013 Next Steps Conference: Call for Proposals (Deadline: February 11)
    Engagement Australia invites proposals for the 2013 Next Steps Conference. Potential presenters are asked to clearly indicate their chosen conference theme and presentation format. All proposals will be made online via a secure portal that you can edit and manage before the conference.
  • Resilient Communities Project 2013-2014: Request for Proposals (Deadline: February 15)
    The Resilient Communities Project is accepting proposals from cities and counties to be the community partner for 2013-2014. RCP serves communities addressing sustainability at the local or regional scale.
  • Center for Public Anthropology International Competition 2013 (Deadline: March 1)
    The California Series in Public Anthropology is continuing its International Competition in 2013. It seeks proposals for short books orientated towards undergraduates that focus on how social scientists are facilitating social change.


  • FScN 2001 - Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives: A Food System Approach to Cooking Lecture: Wednesdays 9:35 - 11:30 a.m. Cooking Lab: Tuesdays 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays 3-6pm
    This course will provide participants with knowledge, critical thinking and technical skills necessary to make informed food choices. Visit our website for more information.
  • PsTL: 8010-001 Service Learning: Pedagogy and Praxis Spring 2013, Mondays (4:40-7:20 pm).
    This class will establish itself in the national and international context of service-learning and civic engagement as a field. For more information or questions, contact that instructor at: tmitchel@umn.edu
  • EPsy 8800: Special Topics in School Psychology: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood: Engaging with Community Spring 2013, Thursdays, bi-weekly (10:10 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.)
    This seminar will focus on early childhood issues, discussed within an ecological perspective. For questions, please contact the instructors at asusman@umn.edu and buerk001@umn.edu.
  • OLPD 5736:  Public Engagement and Higher Education  Spring 2013. Tuesdays (5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.).  This three-unit graduate course examines the role of community engagement in contemporary postsecondary institutions.  For questions, please contact the instructor at afurco@umn.edu

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