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December 23, 2011

Community-Campus Network Meeting


Community-Campus Network presents:

Program Evaluation Example 2: How UROC Documents Outcomes
Lauren Martin, Ph.D.

January 4, 12-1:30
UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis
RSVP to axtel002@umn.edu
Treats will be provided; feel free to bring your lunch.

Please join us for all of our Network meetings this year, 12:00-1:30 on the following days:

February 1: Program Evaluation Example 3: Long-term Impact of CURA Projects on Faculty, Students, and Community Partners
March7: Program Evaluation Example 4: Building Community Connections in CFANS
April 4: Recommendations from the Public Engagement Metrics Committee (PEMC)
May 2: Aligning Your Program's Metrics with PEMC

23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference

National Youth Leadership Council and youthrive, the Upper Midwest Affiliate of PeaceJam International have joined forces for 2012 to bring you one outstanding event.

Join us April 11-14, 2012 at the Minneapolis Convention Center for the most comprehensive service-learning professional development opportunity in the world! Attend the 23rd Annual National Service-Learning Conference® and youthrive PeaceJam Leadership Conference, bringing you the largest gathering of youth and practitioners involved in the service-learning movement.

The conference focuses on service-learning as a way of teaching and learning that builds academic skills and citizenship while addressing community needs in a genuine way. It convenes teachers and other service-learning practitioners, administrators, researchers, policy-makers, youth leaders, parents, program coordinators, national service members, community-based organization staffs, and corporate and foundation officers.

The 2012 conference will feature speeches by Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO of Harlem Children's Zone, Inc., a passionate advocate for education reform and one of TIME Magazine's Top 100 most influential people of 2011; Shirin Ebadi, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Iran's first female judge, and a promoter of democracy and human rights; Karli Wells, Senior at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia and co-chair of the Richland Two Action Council; and Jeron Mariani, Junior at Saint Paul Academy in Minnesota, member of youthrive Leadership Team and serves on the youthrive Board of Directors. The conference will also include over 150 workshops, service-learning projects, and networking events.

For information on registration, costs, transportation, lodging, and more visit:

December 16, 2011

CURA Dissertation Research Grant

The program provides one year of support to a Ph.D. candidate in good academic standing at the University of Minnesota for the purpose of completing dissertation research on a significant issue or topic related to urban areas in the upper Midwest region of the United States. Recipients must have passed the preliminary exam stage and have approved dissertation proposals by March 1, 2012. Following completion of the research, recipients are expected to produce a 3,500-word manuscript suitable for publication in the CURA Reporter, and to acknowledge CURA support in any other publications stemming from the dissertation research assisted through this grant.

For directions on how to apply and further information visit:

DEADLINE FOR 2012 APPLICATIONS: February 10, 2012. Recipients will be notified on March 16, 2012.

Send application materials, and direct questions, to:

Dr. Edward Goetz, Director
330 HHH Center
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

2012-2013 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

applicationsfinal.jpgThe Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage University faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant urban-related public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

Research projects should focus on issues and concerns important to Minnesota, such as communities of color, the criminal justice system, demography, state or local economic development, education, employment, energy, the environment, health, housing, state and local government, welfare and poverty, human and social services, transportation, or land use and development.

Eligibility: Applications are invited from all University faculty members who, in conformity with the tenure regulations, are classified as "regular" (tenure code = P,N,C) members of the faculty. The program is designed particularly for faculty who hold nine-month appointments (appointment term not equal to "A"), although we have occasionally supported projects of regular faculty on twelve-month appointments. In special cases we can support joint projects.

Application materials may be mailed to Faculty Interactive Research Program, CURA, 330 HHH Center, 301--19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455, e-mailed to egoetz@umn.edu, or faxed to 612-626-0273.

Deadline: Applications must be received in the CURA office by 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2012. Grant recipients will be notified in April.

Visit http://www.cura.umn.edu/FIRP/announcement for more information,
or contact Ed Goetz at 612-624-8737 or egoetz@umn.edu with any questions.

December 7, 2011

CFANS 3480 - Globalization & Indigenous Communities

Globalization & Indigenous Communities - CFANS 3480

Program Dates:
Minnesota component: Spring semester 2012 on campus, January 17 - May 12, 2012 (3 credits)
Ecuador component: May term 2012, May 20 - June 9, 2012 (3 credits)

The program will involve spring semester in Minnesota followed by May term in Ecuador. The semester component will consist of an on-campus course combining classroom study with service-learning in the Twin Cities plus one or two visits to the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. The Ecuador component will similarly blend classroom and experiential pedagogies but will be full-time during the three weeks. Both components will examine not only how globalization affects indigenous peoples but also what strategies they employ to adapt to it, resist it, and/or alter the rules guiding it. The spring semester Minnesota component and the May term Ecuador component will be designed to form an integrated whole, and students will need to take both in order to earn credit for either. The housing for the Ecuador component will be home stays and there is no language requirement for the course. The spring course is scheduled for 3-5:45 p.m. Thursdays on the St. Paul campus.

Open to: U of M Students, Non U of M Students (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors)

More information can be found on the Learning Abroad Center Website: http://www.umabroad.umn.edu/programs/americas/glocal.php

Questions can also be directed to Professor Craig Hassel, Food and Nutrition, or Emily Ehlinger, CFANS Student Services/Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

December 1, 2011

EPSY 8800: Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood: Engaging in Community

EPSY 8800: Special Topics in School Psychology:
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood: Engaging with Community


Taught by Dr. Amy Susman-Stillman and Dr. Karla Buerkle
Wednesdays, bi-weekly, 12:20 - 2:15pm
Classroom TBA

This seminar will focus on early childhood issues identified by the scientific and practicing early childhood community as critical to best practice service delivery, discussed within an ecological perspective. Using community sites as learning laboratories and community professionals as contributors, we will encourage critical discourse to promote the application of creative and research-based strategies to best support young children and their families. This 1-credit seminar will meet every other week and incorporate field trips to diverse early childhood sites to enhance community engagement and application of knowledge to practice. Course content will include a focus on current early childhood systems, and the critical interplay between the community and the University in building and extending best practices and effective policies. Students will write reaction papers following off-site field trips and will be encouraged to pursue an early childhood topic of their own interest. They will co-lead, with peers and/or community professionals, class presentations to share their work.

For questions please contact the instructors at asusman@umn.edu and buerk001@umn.edu.