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November 24, 2008

Engaging-U: Week of November 24, 2008


Campus-Community Network: 3-part workshop series
Interfacing of Academic and Community Knowledge Systems
December 3rd, 2008 (12:30-4 pm)
January 7th, 2008 (12:30-4 pm)
February 4th, 2009 (12:30-4 pm)

We have been socialized to think that the university is the only center of knowledge production. But cultural communities have knowledge systems and processes for knowledge production. How can academic and cultural knowledge systems interface in a respectful way? How can space be created in the academy so that multiple knowledge systems can flourish? This workshop will help participants come to a better understanding of the the knowledge systems which guide their own community(ies),and develop strategies for the interfacing of knowledge systems. For more information or to register, please contact Sara Axtell, axtel002@umn.edu.

Nate Hagens: December 3rd, 1:30 to 3:00 pm
"The Pending Resource Crisis: Understanding Our Biophysical and Biological Constraints to Sustainability", 335 Borlaug Hall, U of M St. Paul campus

Hagens posits that by acknowledging and understanding both our biophysical (resource depletion) and biological (cognitive barriers, habituation, and belief systems) constraints we will be better able to choose cultural opportunities for sustainability. He draws upon and synthesizes recent research in cognitive neuroscience, neuroeconomics, and evolutionary biology and their applications to sustainability oriented behaviors in addressing energy and environmental limits. Ultimately Hagens looks for those solutions that aligned us with not only what we have, but who we are. Discussion will follow. Sponsored by the U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships


International Journal for Community Research and Engagement Gateways recently published the first issue of the International Journal for Community Research and Engagement, accessible online following a free registration. This journal is “concerned with the practice and processes of community research and other forms of engagement. It provides a forum for academics, practitioners and community representatives to pursue issues and reflect on practices related to interactions between tertiary institutions and community organizations: academic interventions in community; community-based projects with links to the tertiary sector; and community initiatives.� To view a copy of the first issue, go to http://epress.lib.uts.edu.au/ojs/index.php/ijcre/index.


SPRING 2009: Community Organizing for Effective Public Policy

PA 5920-01 (2 cr), 6 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays
01/20/09 – 05/05/09
Room 130 Blegen Hall, West Bank Campus
Instructor: Dennis Donovan, undergraduates are allowed with permission numbers. For more information contact Dennis at donov013@umn.edu or 612-624-5543

* Through hands-on practice, students gain confidence and skills to be an actor in the public arena.

* Identify critical elements of broad-based organizing and learn to build diverse public relationships through one-to-one meetings.

* Reflect on your place in the world and acquire greater clarity about your self-interest in order to act powerfully.

* Develop and implement an organizing plan.


2009 Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program
The Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship Program encourages residents of the Upper Midwest – including students, teachers, lawyers, health professionals, community leaders, and others – to undertake practical experiences/internships in human rights organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

The Fellowship Program is designed to promote social justice by providing practical training in the varied aspects of human rights work worldwide. The fellowship placement provides both training for the individual and assistance to the host organization, and fosters links between communities in the Upper Midwest and human rights/social justice organizations around the world. Participants return with a stronger commitment to a lifetime of work in human rights/social justice and contribute to bringing human rights concerns home to communities in the Upper Midwest.

* Awards are competitive; approximately twenty grants will be awarded for the 2009 program.

* Fellowships are usually about 10 weeks in duration.

* Grants will ordinarily range from $1,000 to $4,500, averaging about $3,200 and are intended to cover food, lodging, and transportation during the fellowship experience.

Applications must be received by Monday, February 27, 2009, at 4:00 p.m. Decisions will be made by April 1, 2009.

For more information and an application, please check out our website at http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/center/uppermidwest/

If you have more questions after reviewing our website, feel free to contact Lucy Arimond at

(612) 626-2226 or via email at hrfellow@umn.edu.

November 5, 2008

Engaging-U: November 5, 2008

Campus Events

*Friday, November 7, 2008: Graduate Student Forum
12:00-1:30 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union, Conference Room 302
*Are you a graduate student interested in teaching service-learning courses, doing community-based research, building campus-community partnerships, or finding other ways to connect your academic work with pressing public issues? Then join this conversation about how the University can best support your professional development and preparation for a career as an engaged scholar.

Registration is not necessary and lunch is provided. Please feel free to forward the attached flyer to any graduate students that you know.

*Campus-Community Network*

Please see the attached schedule for the dates, times, and locations of future discussions. Sara Axtell is facilitating these programs, in partnership with the CCLC and CEHD.

Grants and Awards

*Engaged Department Request for Proposals: Due November 30, 2008

*We are pleased to announce the availability of funding through the Office for Public Engagement (OPE) to support departments that wish to develop or strengthen research or teaching-focused university/community engagement initiatives for faculty and/or students.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to five departments to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that advance the integration of public engagement into the departments’ research and teaching activities.

To download an application, please visit this website:

*Clinton Global Initiative University 2009 meeting: Applications Due December 12, 2008*

The Clinton Global Initiative, a nonpartisan initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation, is accepting student applications for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) 2009 meeting.

CGI U is dedicated to the distinct potential that young people and higher educational institutions have to make a difference on their campuses and around the world. President Clinton will host the second annual meeting of CGI U at the University of Texas at Austin, February 13-15, 2009. Building on the success of CGI U 2008 in New Orleans, the meeting will bring together young leaders, university presidents, and activists to address pressing global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty alleviation.

The deadline for early decision applications is November 7, 2008. The final deadline for applications is December 12, 2008. Attending CGI U is free, and travel assistance is available for those who qualify. CGI U actively seeks a range of students who have a variety of experiences, interests, talents, and goals.

In order to attend, all students must make a commitment to a new, measurable plan for addressing a specific problem on their campuses or around the world.

For more information, please visit:


*First Annual MacJannet Prize: Applications Due December 15, 2008

*The first-ever MacJannet Prize will recognize exceptional student
civic engagement initiatives based in universities around the world
and contribute financially to their ongoing public service efforts.

Visit their website to learn more and to apply:


*Minnesota Campus Compact* *announces new Interim Executive Director, James Scheibel. *

The Board of Directors of Minnesota Campus Compact is pleased to announce that James Scheibel will be joining Minnesota Campus Compact as Interim Executive Director. He will take office on November 3, 2008. Jim has a distinguished record of public service and community development as a member of the St. Paul City Council from 1982-1990 and as Mayor of the City of St. Paul from 1990-1994.