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January 27, 2010

Engaging-U: January 27, 2010

Position Openings

UROC Broadband Initiative
Positions are funded through a federal grant for broadband access recently awarded to the University in partnership with the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium(MMMC). The program will be administered by the Office of Business and Community Economic Development at the U of M. The job descriptions and application process can be found in the attachments.

Technical Curriculum Developer (Coordinator 9354)
Broadband Apprenticeship Team Leader Position (Coordinator 9354)
Program and Evaluation Specialist (Coordinator 9354)

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications must be submitted online through the University of Minnesota Office of Human Resources website at: www.umn.edu/ohr/employment/ by Wednesday, February 10, 2010. These positions will begin as soon as possible after that date.

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice is designed to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in health care advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.

Through this fellowship, Families USA hopes to expand the pool of talented social justice advocates from underrepresented economic, racial and ethnic minority groups, including black/African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian and Pacific Islander communities. The goals of the Wellstone Fellowship program are three-fold:

1.To address disparities in access to health care;
2.To inspire Wellstone Fellows to continue to work for social justice throughout their lives; and
3.To increase the number and racial and ethnic diversity of up-and-coming social justice advocates and leaders.

Families USA will select one talented and motivated candidate to fill this 12-month fellowship. For more information about the Wellstone Fellowship, contact Melissa Rosenblatt at 202-628-3030 or at wellstonefellowship@familiesusa.org
Online at: http://www.familiesusa.org/fellowships/wellstone-fellowship.html

Grants

Corporation for National and Community Service announces the availability of $650,070 for new Learn and Serve America School-Based grants to Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories to involve school-age youth in service-learning projects that simultaneously support student development and meet community needs.

The Corporation anticipates that grants will be awarded to an estimated three to five Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories with awards ranging from approximately $45,000 to $120,000 annually for a project period of up to three years.

The grants will specifically fund programs that focus on the following priorities:

* Supporting high-quality service-learning sponsored by Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories and enhancing the infrastructure in schools and communities to support on-going service-learning programming;
* Supporting Indian Tribes and U.S. Territories working with schools to expand service-learning into more tribal communities that will involve students in service-learning projects;
* Increasing student civic, academic and leadership skills and providing youth with service-learning experiences that motivate them to become more civically engaged and committed to lifelong service; and
* Promoting healthy communities and healthy youth by having students engage in service-learning projects that address one or more of the following issue areas:
o Health and Wellness
o Environment
o Retention of Tribal Language, History, and Culture
o Community Development/Economic Development
o Crime Prevention/Violence Prevention

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, March 9, 2010. For further information and instructions on how to apply, visit http://www.learnandserve.gov/for_organizations/funding/nofa_detail.asp?tbl_nofa_id=77

Events

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) RA Showcase
Tuesday, February 16th, 5:45 - 8:30 PM (pizza will be provided)
Humphrey Center, Roy Wilkins Room 215

CURA Research Assistants who have recently completed community-based research projects will do a series of short presentations. For online registration, please visit http://curarashowcase.eventbrite.com/ or call Sara Bielawski at 612-625-9040.

The Office for Equity and Diversity is pleased to announce its Spring
2010 Workshop Series. Workshops are offered throughout the semester
and focus on a wide range of equity and diversity issues in higher
education. All workshops are free of charge and open to the entire
University community. Workshops can also be customized for individual
units' needs and concerns.

Visit http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/education.html for complete
course descriptions and online registration.

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, Center for Reducing Health Disparities, and Aberdeen Area Tribal Chariman's Health Board present a regional workshop on Partnering with American Indian Communities in Health Research.
March 18, 2010
University of Nebraska at Omaha

This workshop is for academic researchers, students, public health practitioners, and community partners interested in conducting research with American Indian Communities.

Register online at http://www.aptrweb.org/prof_dev/community10_nebraska.html


January 11, 2010

Engaging-U: January 11, 2010

EVENTS
The IUPUI Center for Service and Learning and Indiana Campus Compact will be hosting Connecting Campuses with Communities from Monday, May 17th through Friday, May 21st on the IUPUI campus, located in downtown Indianapolis. The Service Learning Institute will begin at 1:00 pm May 17th and conclude by 11:30 am on May 19th. The 2nd Annual Research Academy begin at 1:00 pm May 19th and conclude by 11:30 am on May 21st.

CLASS ANNOUNCEMENT

Just a reminder that there are two community organizing classes offered at the University this spring -- a 3 cr. daytime undergraduate class that satisfies the CLA Citizenship/Public Ethics Theme, and a 2cr. evening class that is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.

Please share the information below with students and others who would like hands-on experience identifying issues that affect them and learning how to effectively address those issues through community organizing.

2 CR. EVENING CLASS
Community Organizing for Effective Public Policy
Public Affairs 5920, Section 01 (2 cr; S/N only)
6:00 to 8:45 p.m., Tuesdays
1/19/10 - 5/7/10
Room 35 Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota West Bank Campus
Instructor: Dennis Donovan

-- Through hands-on practice, 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.

Undergraduate, non-degree seeking, and non-U of M students may contact Dennis Donovan for a permission number (donovan@augsburg.edu or 612-330-1496).

*** Watch a short video where students describe what they learned and how the class impacted them.

3 CR. DAY CLASS
Community Organizing Skills for Public Action
Public Affairs 1401-01 (3 cr./A-F only)
8:15 to 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays
1/19/10 - 5/7/10
Room 145 Blegen Hall, University of Minnesota West Bank Campus
Instructors: Harry Boyte, Dennis Donovan
** meets Lib Ed req of Citizenship/Publ Ethics Theme

-- Understand the differences between mobilizing and organizing.
-- 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.
-- Research a community organization.

*** Read a student's perspective on the value of this class.

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Vice President for Accreditation Relations at NCA-HLC

The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association is seeking a Vice President for Accreditation Relations.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) serves as the regional accreditor for nineteen states and sovereign U.S. tribal nations within those states, accrediting more than 1000 institutions. Seven Vice Presidents for Accreditation Relations act as institutional liaisons, managing the accreditation processes and relationships for the institutions. Through their work, the vice presidents become deeply familiar with the institutions they are assigned and gain significant knowledge of the entire HLC membership. The position thus offers an unusual base from which to experience the full diversity of American higher education; to grasp the emerging trends and innovations in higher education; and to address the challenges and opportunities of quality assurance, continuous improvement, transparency to the public, and the values of voluntary, peer-reviewed self-regulation. In addition, the vice presidents participate in the shaping, evaluation and improvement of Commission policy and practice; contribute to the conduct of Commission services such as the provision of presentations and workshops; and sustain the currency of the Commission through their understanding of higher education developments and their identification of significant institutional issues.

Qualifications and desired attributes include:

* Significant work experience in higher education in a position of major responsibility, preferably at both faculty and administrative levels
* Broad familiarity with higher education in the United States
* Credentials and capacity to represent the Commission with credibility
* Capacity for holistic, complex judgments; analysis; problem-solving; translation of policy into practice
* Capacity to work collaboratively
* Ability to act both as guide and evaluator
* Ability to handle a sizeable case load of institutions; to manage the detail of multiple simultaneous activities; to share the setting of policy and practice with colleagues; to work in a team framework for carrying out the various processes and programs of the Commission
* Willingness to travel as needed
* High communication skills and inclination
* Doctoral degree

Review of nominations and applications will commence January 11, 2010, and continue until the position is filled. Nominations and applications may be sent by e-mail (preferred) to vpaccredrel@hlcommission.org or to
Human Resources, The Higher Learning Commission, 30 N. LaSalle Street Suite 2400,
Chicago, IL 60602.

HLC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.