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Engaging-U: October 26, 2009


Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur Award Application
Deadline: November 30, 2009

The Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur grants (CASE) are competitive grants offered to students with project proposals that represent the most innovative and promising ways to serve the community. The student winners in the United States receive $1,000 to implement their proposal, and a certificate of merit bearing the signatures of President Jimmy Carter and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter. Their project is published online, and the CASE grants provide prestigious recognition for students, faculty and their community partners for academic service.

Minnesota Campus Compact will be awarding two $1,000 CASE grants this academic year. For more information, please visit http://www.jrcpf.org/what/case_desc.php

The Office of the Vice President for Research and the University of Minnesota Retirees Association are pleased to announce the second cycle of a three-year program of awards to support retirees requiring financial assistance to pursue projects related to their research, instructional, or other work history. All faculty, professional and administrative, and civil service retirees are eligible to apply for these grants. Ten grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded. Please forward this message to all retirees in your department or area who may be interested.

For more information see: http://cflegacy.research.umn.edu/opportunities/documents/ProfDevAnnounce09.pdf

The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment
2010 Request for Proposals for Large, Seed and Early Career Grants.

Visit http://environment.umn.edu/iree/iree_funding.html for complete details.

Large Grants: IREE anticipates making a total of $2.5 million available for four to seven Large Grants, with individual amounts ranging from $250,000 to $750,000 under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA). The Large Grants will support integrated, multidisciplinary teams. Funding may be up to three years in duration and, under exceptional circumstances, no-cost extensions of up to one year will be considered.

Seed Grants: IREE anticipates making a total of $750,000 available for 10 to 15 Seed Grants, with individual amounts ranging from $50,000 to $70,000 under this FOA. These grants are expected to be one year in duration and will support high-risk, high-potential projects that are in the initial stages of development. While multi-investigator teams will be accepted, single investigator proposals will also be considered.

Early Career Grants: IREE anticipates making a total of $750,000 available for five to six Early Career Grants, with individual amounts ranging from $120,000 to $150,000 under this FOA. These grants may be up to three years in duration. They will enable faculty in the early stages of their careers to launch and/or accelerate innovative research programs consistent with IREE's mission. The Lead Investigator(s) must meet the definition for Early Career (found in the attached RFP), and are solely responsible for the allocation of awarded funds to meet the objectives of the proposed research.

Please e-mail all questions concerning this RFP to the IREE Grants Team at iree@umn.edu.


The Next Minnesota Miracle: Building a Living Democracy for the 21st Century
Monday, November 2, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Markim Hall, Institute for Global Citizenship, Macalester College

*Space is limited. Please RSVP to info@mncampuscompact.org by Friday, October 30.

Minnesota comes out ahead on many measures of civic engagement when compared with other states, according to a recent report produced by the Center for Democracy and Citizenship in partnership with the National Conference on Citizenship. Please join Harry Boyte, co-author of Minnesota Civic Health Index 2009, Bill Blazar of the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, Gary Cunningham of Northwest Area Foundation, and Diane Tran of Grassroots Solutions for a discussion on the state of Minnesota's civic health and what we can and must do to move from civic activities to civic engagement grounded in the fabric of communities.

Copies of Minnesota Civic Health Index 2009 will be available at the forum.

co-sponsored by Center for Democracy and Citizenship, Augsburg College
Citizens League, Minnesota Campus Compact, Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration, with support from Target

Historical Trauma, Microaggressions, and Identity: A Framework for Culturally-Based Practice
December 4, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Metro Location: Coffman Union Theater, University of Minnesota
Greater Minnesota Host Sites:Workshop will once again be broadcast live to host sites in Greater Minnesota

Lead Presenter: Karina Walters, University of Washington, Indigenous Wellness Research Institute and West Coast Poverty Center*

Karina L. Walters, Ph.D., a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, founded and directs the university-wide, Interdisciplinary Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the University of Washington and is an affiliate faculty of the West Coast Poverty Center. Her research focuses on historical, social, and cultural determinants of physical and mental health among Native American individuals, families and communities as well as cultures of poverty and two-spiritedness.

Registration is available at www.cmh.umn.edu


Call for Papers
The Ethics and Politics of Research with Immigrant Populations
President's Interdisciplinary Conference June 4-5, 2010
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Deadline: December 21, 2009

The University of Minnesota's President's Interdisciplinary Conference Initiative supports inquiry that fosters collaboration between scholars in divergent fields and across institutions. This interdisciplinary conference addresses the question: What are the epistemological and ethical considerations in research with immigrant populations? The purpose of this conference is to engage university and community colleagues and students from a variety of disciplines and interests in consideration of this and other questions about ethics and epistemology in their research. For all information and to submit proposal, please visit www.cehd.umn.edu/Immigrant-Research.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office invites your staff, department, class or organization to attend our free Ally Trainings! These are important, no-cost professional development opportunities to gain knowledge and skills about gender & sexual diversity, and to ask questions and engage in conversations we don't often have the chance to explore.

Ally Training participants learn about GLBTA communities, think critically about gender and sexuality, discuss language and privilege, and explore how we can be allies to each other across identities and experiences. Attendees leave the training with newfound awareness and concrete steps they can take to help make our campus and larger communities more welcoming and affirming for everyone.

GLBTA Programs Office is offering the following free, open sessions in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. Educational materials and Ally stickers & buttons will be provided, and cookies and beverages will be served.

Ally Training I
Thursday, October 29, 2009
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Coffman Memorial Union
Presidents Room 332

(Bi)Sexuality 101
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Coffman Memorial Union
Presidents Room 332

Ally Training I
Thursday, February 18, 2010
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Comstock Hall Ballroom

(Trans)Gender 101
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 PM
St. Paul Student Center
MN Commons Room

Ally Training II
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
1:00 - 4:00 PM
West Bank TBA
Note: It is encouraged that Ally II participants have attended Ally I, but not required.

** Please RSVP to glbta@umn.edu and specify which session(s) you plan to attend. Feel free to RSVP for multiple people with a single email, and contact us with any questions! We are also able to present tailored trainings to staff and classroom groups. Coming soon: our 2009-10 Ally Lunch Discussions series!