Engaging U Newsletter - 11/29/12

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 Laura Bloomberg and Leah Lundquist, Executive Director and Program Manager of the Center for Integrative Leadership. In the interview below, Bloomberg and Lundquist provide highlights of their office's engagement work in the surrounding communities.

1) Describe the work of your office.

The Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) is dedicated to examining and advancing a vision for leadership that fosters collective action across boundaries to advance the common good and address grand challenges. We engage in collaborative teaching, community engagement, and research initiatives with schools and centers across the University and partners external to the University.

At CIL, understanding the elements of leadership required to address multi-faceted grand challenges will be our focus for the next several years.

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

One of the approaches we find helpful to fostering collective action across boundaries is a powerful suite of facilitative practices and practical frameworks called The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter. Over the course of two summers, we've trained over 120 staff and faculty from 21 colleges and departments across the University in these practices. Many of these individuals are now transforming their engagement work through these practices and patterns.

Most recently, we co-hosted a community conversation on the impact of sex trafficking and trading on urban communities with the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center and the Northside Women's Space - a safe place for sexually-exploited girls and women in North Minneapolis.

3) What communities does CIL partner with?

While CIL continues to be committed to building leadership capacity across Minnesota through involvement with InCommons—a statewide effort to inspire and support community-powered problem solving, we also are highly engaged right here in our own neighborhood through CHANCE and the Neighborhood Business Fellows—initiatives that strengthen the interdependent relationship between Cedar-Riverside residents and business owners and students at both the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the Carlson School of Management.

4) What impact is this project having?

By creating the opportunity for individuals to experience a different way to talk about and address cross-boundary issues such as sex trafficking, we hope to inspire students, faculty, and staff across the U to not only continue to address grand challenges but to do so more inclusively and more effectively. Over the next few years, we look forward to continuing to foster integrative leadership in areas such as regional economic and social vitality, healthy development and educational achievement, global food safety and food security, and postsecondary education's role in society.

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Updates and Announcements

College of Pharmacy Finalist for Prestigious Engagement Award

The College of Pharmacy is proud to announce their selection as one of three national finalists for the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award. This award is presented annually to one college or school of pharmacy demonstrating a major institutional commitment to addressing unmet community needs through education, practice and research. The chosen school must demonstrate community service as an important element of their academic mission, and serve as an exemplary example of social responsiveness. The award is sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP), and is named after our former Dean, Lawrence C. Weaver. Congratulations College of Pharmacy!

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 2 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. 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

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Community-Campus Partnership for Health (CCPH) offers a free online database of faculty members & portfolio reviewers who are available to support community-engaged careers in the academy. This database is provided for community-engaged graduate students, post-doctorates, or faculty members who may need a mentor or reviewer. Registration to use the database is free, but required.


Funding and Awards

  • Fall 2013 EPA Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships (Deadline: December 5)
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a part of its Greater Research Opportunities Fellowships program is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study.

  • Collaborative Research Grants (Deadline: December 6)
    The National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for one to three years.

  • Community Impact Grants Program (Deadline: December 12)
    Grants, up to $5,000, are available to registered nonprofit organizations, public schools, or tax exempt public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 2013 Pace Conference: Call for Proposals (Deadline: December 10)
    This annual conference provides faculty, staff, administrators and community stakeholders with valuable information and skills they can utilize in their civic engagement work. Workshops provide research, resources and best practice models for every aspect of civic engagement work.

  • Resilient Communities Project 2013-2014: Request for Proposals (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.


  • FScN 2001 - Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives: A Food System Approach to Cooking
    Lecture: Wednesdays 9:35 - 11:30am
    Cooking Lab: Tuesdays 3:30 - 6:30pm, 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 am - 12:05pm)

    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
  • Community-based Participatory Research
    Wednesdays, 4-6pm (Jan 23 - May 1)

    This is an introductory course about Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR) intended for graduate students and community practitioners interested in adding CBPR to their repertoire of effective approaches to understanding and addressing social and health disparities. We will explore the purpose and applications of CBPR; partnership formation and maintenance; issues of power, trust, race, class, and social justice; conflict resolution; ethical issues; and CBPR's relationship to cultural knowledge systems. This is not a methodology course. CBPR is an approach to conducting research that is amenable to various research designs and methodologies. This course focuses on the approach and will not cover topics such as survey design, quantitative methods, qualitative methods, focus groups, community needs assessment procedures, etc.

    Course facilitated by Cathy Jordan, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics and Director, Children, Youth and Family Consortium

    Susan Gust, Community Activist and Research Partner

    For Graduate Level Academic Credit (2 credits): Students currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of MN should register for this course through their program via the One Stop class registration system.

    Students who have not been admitted to a graduate level program are considered Non-degree seeking students. If you are in this category and are interested in earning graduate credit you must submit a "Registration Request for Graduate Credit" form. Please contact Maureen Andrew at andre031@umn.edu for a permission number When the registration form has been completed and a permission number has been obtained the form should be faxed to the School of Public Health Student Services Center at 612/624-4498612/624-4498 or delivered to D305 Mayo Memorial Building.

    For class participants NOT seeking Academic Credit (community members, faculty, staff): Community members may register for the course for $50 and earn a certificate for continuing education documentation (no community member will be turned away for inability to pay). Please submit a 1-2 paragraph response to the following questions: What is your prior experience with research as a participant or researcher? Why do you wish to take this course and how will it benefit you or your organization? Please email your response to jorda003@umn.edu. You will then be notified how to register and pay.

    For Graduate Level Academic Credit (2 credits): Current graduate students will be charged the same rate of tuition as required by their program.

    Non-admitted students will be charged $1658 ($829 per credit) plus fees.

    For students NOT seeking academic credit (e.g. community members): A fee of $50 will be charged.

    This course is offered by the School of Public Health in collaboration with the Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations within the Medical School through a National Cancer Institute grant.

    For more information, contact Cathy Jordan at Jorda003@umn.edu or 612-625-7591612-625-7591

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