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Engaging-U: September 8, 2009

Student Scholar and Public Engagement Showcase

The Office for Public Engagement is sponsoring the 1st annual Student Scholar and Public Engagement Showcase to occur on October 7, 2009, from 1-4 pm, on the TCF Bank Stadium Concourse. Registration deadline: September 18, 2009.

This unique Homecoming event provides a forum for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and recent alumni to celebrate their academic achievements in terms of research, capstone experiences, design, or original artistic creations. Also, faculty and staff, as well as their community partners, will highlight their collaborative initiatives around teaching, research, and community-based service.

This showcase will feature a broad range of local, regional, national, and international topics and provide attendees with a sense of the wide range and scope of the academic and engagement endeavors here at the University of Minnesota. To participate in the Public Engagement Showcase, please register
or call Michelle Wittcoff Kuhl (witt0160@umn.edu, 612-624-1562) with any questions.

Funding Opportunities

CBPR Funders Interest Group Conference Call on September 15.
Over thirty funders in Canada and the US that are advancing community-based participatory research (CBPR) as a tool for social justice are members of the CBPR Funders Interest Group (FIG). During the FIG's next call, members will share updates on their activities, welcome new members and plan educational and information-sharing opportunities for the year ahead. If you are a funder and would like to join the FIG, send an email to fig@u.washington.edu with your contact information and the ways in which you support CBPR.

University Opportunities

GLBTA Leadership Year offers students an opportunity to learn first-hand about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally identities, histories and politics - through an exciting combination of coursework, service learning, and study away.

Students will be exposed to both practical and theoretical understandings of leadership, community, and social movements, by studying, working, and traveling together as a community throughout the entire academic year. For more information, please visit http://www.glbta.umn.edu/leadershipyear/#courses

The University of Minnesota Medical School was awarded $6.24 million by the National Institutes of Health to establish a Center for Excellence in Health Disparities Research, Engagement, and Training (CeHDRET) focusing on minority health and health disparities. More then 30 percent of Minneapolis is composed of ethnic minorities, and this grant will help provide the Medical School with the resources to enhance opportunities for diverse populations and improve minority health overall. Read more online:


Building One America: A National Summit on Regional Opportunity
September 17-18, 2009 in Washington, D.C.
The purpose of the convening is to demonstrate bi-partisan, grassroots and congressional support for the administration's initiatives aimed at defending and expanding the middle class while addressing some of our nation's most pressing problems through innovative regional and metropolitan strategies.

The conference will provide research and testimony to highlight the harms of past policies that have divided Metropolitan America. Sound regional strategies around housing, transportation, infrastructure and regional governance that can positively impact education, the environment, poverty and our global competitiveness by revitalizing urban areas and promoting inclusive and stable regions will be described. You can register through the conference website: www.buildingoneamerica.org.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) conference,
Proposal Deadline: October 16, 2009
May 12-15, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.
The conference, "Creating the Future We Want to Be: Transformation through Partnerships" promises to be CCPH's best yet as hundreds of community and campus partners convene for 4 days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting!

Whether you are new to community-based participatory research, service-learning or community-campus partnerships and looking for basics to get started, or you've been involved for years and seeking more advanced knowledge and connections, this is one conference you will not want to miss! Download the call for proposals at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/conf10-cfp.html