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March 31, 2011

Event: Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute Presents Community Forums

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The Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute will be releasing our Spring RFP which supports grants to community & University partnerships to enhance health outcomes throughout the State. We will be hosting two community meetings in the coming weeks to answer questions related to project requirements and evaluation criteria. Additionally, we have found these meetings to be valuable opportunities to meet other community groups for potential partnerships as well as an opportunity to hear more about the projects we have funded in the past.

Please help us spread the word far and wide! Our community forum dates are:

Monday, April 11th, 9-11 a.m. at UROC (Urban Research and Outreach Center) located in North Minneapolis (http://www.uroc.umn.edu/)
Wednesday, April 13th, 9 -11 a.m. at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul (http://www.neighb.org/wellstone_center.aspx)

RSVPs are not required but requested. Send RSVPs to: hfhl@umn.edu.

For more information please visit: http://www.hfhl.umn.edu/

March 30, 2011

Event: Global Citizenship Education and the Quest for Critical Civic Engagement: The Model United Nations in Action

Date: Monday, April 4th, 2011
Time: Noon to 1:30 pm
Place: Education Sciences Building, Room 325
Presenter: Laura Johnson, Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Education, University of London

The promotion of 'Global Citizenship' has emerged as a common feature of school curricular reform around the world. Global citizenship education is therefore a broadening field, manifested in academic and policy contexts and drawn into programs such as the Model United Nations, which is experiencing growing popularity across the globe. This seminar reflects upon the researcher's experiences as an education practitioner (helping to organize Model United Nations programmes in London, England) and as a critical comparative researcher, seeking to distinguish, explore and deconstruct ideas of global citizenship education and to work towards increasingly critical forms of civic engagement.

About the Presenter:

Laura Johnson is an ESRC-funded doctoral researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London, specialising in global citizenship education. Formerly a Senior Policy Advisor in the UK Civil Service, she trained as a Citizenship teacher and has taught Citizenship and Law in several London secondary schools. Her most recent article, co-authored with Paul Morris, is entitled "Towards a framework for critical citizenship education" (Curriculum Journal, 2010, 21:1, 77-96).

Lunch will be provided - RSVP to Aryn Baxter (baxte085@umn.edu)

March 29, 2011

Professional Development: 2011 Leadership Forum


The Center for Integrative Leadership with InCommons presents the Art of Hosting facilitation training.

Monday, July 25, 10:00 - 7:00
Tuesday, July 26, 8:00- 4:00
Thursday, August 11, 10:00 - 7:00
Friday, August 12, 8:00 - 4:00

The specific purpose of this training is to:

* investigate and support hosting conversations as a core leadership practice and competence;
*explore collaborative working as a strategic means for dealing with increasingly complex cross-cutting issues;
*experience and learn how to use processes that invite people to contribute their diverse knowledge and skills to meet a common purpose
*expand harvesting skills (i.e. making meaning of what we have collectively discovered);
*take the practice of hosting and harvesting and apply it to key strategic change projects in participants' lives and daily work
*strengthen the community of practitioners within the University of Minnesota and connect to the larger InCommons initiativ

Total cost of participation: $500.00 per person

For more information visit:

March 28, 2011

Application: IPID Student Speaker Conference: Call for Submissions

IPID is a student-led initiative that brings together graduate students from across the University who are actively engaged in development studies. On the afternoon of Friday, April 22, 2011 IPID will host its second Student Speaker Conference. The theme for this semester's event is:

"Power, Participation, and Development: Who's In Control?"

We are soliciting papers and visual art (such as photo essays) from graduate students across all departments in the University that demonstrate an advanced level of critical and creative thinking, up to five of which will be selected for presentation. At the event, each selected student will give a 15-20 minute presentation based on his or her paper or artistic piece, followed by a brief Q&A. After all speakers have made their presentations, there will be a moderated panel session with all presenters and open discussion to tie together the ideas presented. The conference will be recorded and the papers and artistic pieces will be published on IPID's website (http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ipid/ipid/).

Please submit abstracts of up to 500 words (including paper title), or a link to your photo(s) and an accompanying written piece of up to 500 words (either as an attached essay or as captions to each photo) along with a short bio, to Peter Ehresmann (ehres014@umn.edu) with the subject line: "IPIDSubmission."

More information: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/ipid/ipid/2011/03/ipid-student-speaker-conference---april-22-2011.html

March 25, 2011

Sustainability Goals for UMore Park: A Public Forum

Sustainability Goals for UMore Park: A Public Forum - Thursday, April 7


Join us for a community forum on Thursday, April 7 to help shape sustainability goals for the future community at UMore Park. The forum will begin with a brief presentation to highlight facets of sustainability including health, community culture, job creation and economic development, transportation, renewable energy, the environment and other areas. Share your ideas about what makes a community sustainable. View ideas contributed by community members to date. Talk informally with resource people during an "open house" session. The event will be held on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Rosemount Community Center in Rosemount.

To register and for details visit http://www.umorepark.umn.edu/news/sustainability/index.htm

Hosted by the University of Minnesota, the public form is part of ongoing efforts to engage the public in the vision to create a vibrant, sustainable community on the UMore Park property.

For more information visit:

Conference: Public Scholarship, Engaging Contradictions in the Contemporary University

Public Scholarship: Engaging Contradictions in the Contemporary University\

April 25th, 2011
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

This conference focuses on how to achieve a greater balance between public scholarship and institutional prestige, especially given the need for greater community investment in higher education. What are the ways in which research universities can earn public trust through public scholarship? And how can we address the contradictions between public scholarship and prevailing institutional expectations of faculty development?

In exploring these tensions, close attention will be given to the following key issues:

1. The capacities of existing standards to evaluate excellence in public research
2. Greater institutional incentives to promote engagement
3. The forging of stronger town-gown relations and investment in higher education
4. How public scholarship can build a more diverse and welcoming university

For more information visit:

March 21, 2011

Grant: Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards

Established by the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity, the University of Minnesota's Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards (formerly the Innovation, Diversity, Equity, and Achievement (IDEA) Grants Program) seek to infuse equity and diversity into every aspect of the University's work and operations by funding creative yet pragmatic proposals for projects that address issues of institutional equity and diversity.

Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards Eligibility, Funding, and Reporting:

All academic and administrative units across the University's campuses are eligible to apply for Equity and Diversity Transformation Awards. Offices, units and programs within the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity are not eligible to apply for awards, though these units may be consulted for guidance and support in the development of proposals and may serve as partners in the work proposed by applicants.

Grant awards will depend upon the scope and breadth of the project, but will typically range from $1,000-$5,000. Funded projects must begin within 90 days of award notification. Upon project completion, awardees must submit a summary report evaluating the project's outcomes, including project benefits and recommended improvements. This report is to be submitted to the Office of the Vice President and Vice Provost for Equity and Diversity within 60 days of the project's conclusion. The disbursement of funds will occur in phases, depending on the nature of the proposal. However, in all cases, $500 will be withheld until the submission of the evaluation report. Applicants will be notified within 45 days following the application deadline regarding the funding decisions.

For guidelines and more information, visit:

March 11, 2011

Class: Global Youth Leadership and Community Engagement - Summer Course

EDPA 4801 - Global Youth Leadership and Community Engagement (6 Credits)
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of youth leadership as it pertains to the involvement, engagement, and empowerment of youth in issues that affect their lives, their communities, and the broader global society. This course will take place this summer when students will study at the University of Minnesota during the month of July and then travel to Argentina for the month of August.

Information Sessions:
Date: Monday, 3/21/2011 and Thursday, 3/24/2011
Time: 2:30 to 3:30 pm
Place: Wulling Hall 250

For further information, email:
Instructor Andrew Furco: afurco@umn.edu or Graduate Assistant Alfonso Jose Sintjago: sintj002@umn.edu

More information about the course can also be found at the LAC website: http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/programs/americas/gylce.php

Event: The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research

The Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities Research continues on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 with Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. This event will be held at Mayo Auditorium from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and will be broadcast to 160 Life Science on the Duluth campus.

Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, is professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Maryland School of Public Health and director of the Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland in College Park. One of the nation's leading scholars in the effort to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities, Dr. Thomas has applied his expertise to address a variety of conditions from which minorities generally face far poorer outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and HIV/AIDS. He is principal investigator of the Research Center of Excellence on Minority Health Disparities, funded by the NIH-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is also principal investigator of the NIH National Bioethics Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust Between Minorities and Researchers awarded in 2009.

For more information, please visit:

March 9, 2011

Grant: New IonE Mini Grants Fund Spectrum of Environment and Sustainability Projects

The University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment has selected 10 interdisciplinary initiatives for funding in the first round of awards for its new Mini Grant program.

The goal of the Mini Grant program is to encourage collaboration among faculty, staff and students across University of Minnesota disciplines, units and campuses on environmental themes. Along with $2,500 in funding, each recipient is provided space for meetings, workshops and conferences and some administrative support for a one-year period starting March 15.

Mini Grant recipients for 2011-12 are:

1) Art, Story and Infrastructure: A Model for Experiential Interconnection in Environmental Education
2) UMore Park Energy Roundtable
3) Sustainable Agriculture Program
4) Linking Land Use, Water Quality and Human Well-being: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Value of Clean Water
5) Student Sustainability Symposium
6) Phenology: the Pulse of the Planet - Developing Science and Engagement Initiatives That Explore Plant and Animal Response to Climate Change
7) Integrating Stakeholders Into Services: An Ecosystem Services-Centered Graduate Seminar
8) Food Security and Infectious Disease: Seeking Integrated Solutions
9) Implementation Strategy for Graduate Sustainability Education
10) Sustainability Suppers, System Dynamics and Implementing the Climate Action Plan at the University of Minnesota, Crookston

For more information on Mini Grants and the awarded projects visit:

March 7, 2011

Professional Development: Community and Faculty Training for CBPR Collaborations

Partners in Research: Community and Faculty Training Curricula to Prepare Partners for CBPR Collaborations

These training materials consist of two separate but parallel comprehensive curricula designed to prepare community members from immigrant and refugee communities and academic faculty to collaborate on community-based participatory research (CBPR) projects. The training is oriented towards research and CBPR naïve community members and CBPR naïve researchers who are developing new partnerships.

The CBPR curriculum for the community scholars includes six sessions (3 hours each). Topics are: 1) Introduction to CBPR, 2) Overview of research, 3) Quantitative/qualitative design and analysis, 4) Research ethics from community perspective, 5) Key challenges to CBPR partnerships, 6) Partnering skills to address key challenges (empowerment approach) including communication strategies and shared decision making. The faculty curriculum consists of 2 sessions (3 hours each). Topics are: 1) Introduction to CBPR, 2) Key challenges to CBPR partnerships, 3) Partnering skills to address key challenges, 4) Ethics in CBPR, 5) IRB applications, 6) Financials in CBPR. Materials include Power Point slides, training manuals, exercises, and handouts for each audience.

For more information, visit:

Or contact:
Michele Allen, MD, MS, miallen at umn.edu
Kathie Culhane-Pera, kpera at westsidechs.org

Award: Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Campus Compact's Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) each year for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students' civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education's contributions to the public good.

Applicants should fulfill one or both of the following criteria:

* A senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) appointment,
* A full- or part-time, senior administrative position directing civic and community engagement activities as a primary appointment that has emerged out of and is still associated with a faculty appointment.

Nominations are being accepted at:

Deadline for submission: Monday, April 4th, 2011

March 4, 2011

Event: East African Neighbors Series Strengthens Community Relationships in Cedar Riverside

Each year CIL sponsors and hosts an East African Neighbors Series through CHANCE (Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement). This series of events scheduled throughout the year provides informal opportunities to connect faculty, students, and staff of the University with East African citizens in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Together participants visit workplaces and landmarks in the neighborhood and engage in conversations to better understand the complex and thriving cultures that exist within our community.

The 2010-11 East African Neighbors Series includes a weekly Thursday evening Conversation Circle co-hosted by the CIL and the Somali American Education Program. Conversation Circles are based on the premise that everyone is a teacher and everyone is a learner. Conversation topics have included neighborhood concerns, cultural customs, values, and education.

To learn more about upcoming events, visit:

March 2, 2011

Conference: 2011 IARSLCE Annual Conference

Illinois Campus Compact, DePaul University, National-Louis University, Loyola University Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Northern Illinois University and the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement are proud to invite you to the International Association for Research on Service-learning and Community Engagement Annual Conference. The conference will be held November 2-4, 2011 at the historic Palmer House Hilton in the heart of downtown Chicago ("the loop")

Service-learning and community engagement have evolved locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as effective methods for teaching and learning. In what ways has the scholarship on these methods contributed to positive social change? The conference will highlight research that critically evaluates and illuminates the long-term impact of service-learning and community engagement on students, faculty, and community partners and, most importantly, on the social, economic and political issues they seek to transform.

November 2-4, 2011
Chicago, Illinois

Registration will open in mid-May
For more information, please visit: http://www.researchslce.org/conferences-awards/

Conference: Call for Participation - Imagining America, What Sustains Us?

Imagining America invites higher education affiliates (faculty, students, staff, and administrators) and community partners (individuals and organizations) to participate in its 12th annual national conference, September 22-24, 2011, in the Twin Cities, co-hosted by Macalester College and the University of Minnesota.

Minneapolis-St. Paul, Sept. 22-24, 2011
Submission deadline: Monday April 4, 2011

Conference sessions might engage such questions as:

* How can the increasing efforts to realize the democratic, public, and civic purposes of American higher education be sustained and forwarded? What sustains our engaged practices within a context of diminished resources and rapidly shifting cultures within higher education?
* How can engagement efforts contribute to sustained economic and cultural viability in urban and rural communities?
* In what ways can our work contribute to environmental sustainability and the responsible use of land, water, air, and other natural resources?
* What sustains stakeholders confronting challenges around power, race, class, and privilege?

For more information visit:

Research Papers: Food System Planning Theory and Practice

Bolstered by growing societal concerns about the equity and environmental sustainability of the global food system, planners increasingly are becoming engaged in local efforts to analyze and address food system challenges and opportunities.

Food system planning is increasingly practiced not just by planning professionals, but also by architects, landscape architects, and staff at NGOs and public agencies. In this special topic focus, we encourage practicing planners and others engaged in food system planning -- as well as planning scholars and students -- to submit applied research-based papers. As there is little attention paid to their work in the literature, rural planners are especially encouraged to submit papers.

Examples of topics include:

* food deserts, swamps, and oases
* siting of community and public gardens, and farmers' and mobile markets
* innovations in emergency food assistance
* retail access
* regional planning and economic development related to farm and agribusiness retention and
* mapping of food distribution systems
* farmland protection
* metropolitan agriculture
* food policy councils
* integrating food policy into state and federal agencies

Manuscripts are due April 20th, 2011

For more information, please visit: http://www.agdevjournal.com/current-special-topic-call.html#Planning

Conference: 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Service-Learning with the theme of "Make a Difference: Impacts of Service-Learning--Tender Moment, Touched Heart and Inspired Action", will be organized by the Office of Service-Learning, Lingnan University and co-organized by United Board and Lingnan Foundation , on 7th-11th June 2011 (Tuesday to Saturday) in Hong Kong.

Highlights of the Conference include:

• Keynote speech from Ms. Thelma Kay, who is the former Director of the Social Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) based in Bangkok about 'The role of University students in Higher Education' and Prof. Barry Checkoway ,a recipient of the 2010 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.

• Two Symposiums organized by United Board and Lingnan Foundations respectively, focus on Environmental issue and Cross-Cultural Learning in Service-Learning

• Pre-conference workshop on 8th June 2011, offered by one of our important partners, Crossroads Foundation. (Free of charge with limited quota)

For any enquiries, you can contact: oslconf@ln.edu.hk.
Further information and registration, please visit the conference website at: