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January 23, 2012

Equity and Diversity Certificate

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The Office for Equity and Diversity announces an Equity and Diversity Certificate, designed to help participants develop tools for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The certification has two levels--basic and advanced--and is free of charge and open to students, faculty and staff on all campuses of the University of Minnesota. At this time, workshops are not offered via ITV, but we are working with coordinate campus leadership to find appropriate ways to make these educational opportunities available on each University campus.

The Certificate:
- Offers participants a theoretical framework for understanding equity and diversity work
- Helps participants develop necessary skills for equity and diversity work
- Gives participants direct experience working and communicating across differences

Registration is now open for the following workshops:
Being an Ally in the Work of Equity & Diversity
Leadership in the Context of Equity & Diversity
Working Effectively in Groups & Diversity Committees
Communicating on Issues of Equity & Diversity
Evaluating our Efforts on Equity & Diversity
Educating about Equity & Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations

Workshops start on January 31. Learn more about the Equity and Diversity Certificate, access frequently asked questions, or contact Anne Phibbs, OED Director of Education, at phib0001@umn.edu or 612-625-9973.

January 19, 2012

Application: Research and Creative Collaboratives

Each year, the Institute for Advanced Study supports a limited number of research/ creative collaboratives. These collaboratives promote synergistic interdisciplinary activity difficult within departmental structures.

The Institute seeks participation from all colleges, schools, and campuses at the University and encourages graduate student participation in collaboratives. Each research/creative collaborative will be provided with a research budget of up to $15,000. These funds are to be used to further the work of the collaborative; faculty salary may not be included. Examples of possible use of funds include bringing in scholars from other institutions to participate for brief periods in the work of the collaborative, purchasing books, or organizing public presentations or conferences.

Proposals for Research/Creative Collaboratives should be submitted via email to ias@umn.edu by midnight, Friday, February 10, 2012. Questions about the program may be directed to IAS Director Ann Waltner (626-5149). Questions about submission requirements may be directed to Susannah Smith (624-2921).

For application instructions and more information regarding the Research and Creative Collaboratives visit: http://www.ias.umn.edu/collabapply.php

January 17, 2012

CURA Presents: Risk and Resilience in Homeless and Highly Mobile Children

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs presents: Risk and Resilience in Homeless and Highly Mobile Children


Professor Masten, who has conducted research on children from homeless and highly mobile (HHM) families since 1989, will present findings from her ongoing collaborative and community-based research on risk and protective factors for school success in HHM children. District-level data on achievement for HHM compared with other school children will be presented to show the striking achievement gaps and individual differences in achievement among HHM students. Masten also will present findings on individual and family qualities that predict resilience in HHM children, and plans for new prevention research to promote resilience. This event will be held in Hanson Hall, Room 1-106 on January 20, 2012 between 12:00 - 1:00 pm.

More information and registration are available at:

Friday Research Forum: Deepening Our Understanding of Nonprofit Policy Advocacy Accomplished by Networks

The Center for Integrative Leadership is hosting their monthly Friday Leadership Research Forum where participants and presenters will discuss and debate research conducted by University faculty, students, and community members on leadership issues that span boundaries in and across sectors. This moon's forum features Professor Jodi Sandfort from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Light lunch and drinks will be provided.

Participation is free of charge, but gistration is required and available at: http://fridayforum4.eventbrite.com/

For more information visit the CIL website at www.leadership.umn.edu

January 3, 2012

2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship Engagement for Early Career Faculty

The annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement.

The Lynton Award emphasizes community-based scholarly work across faculty roles. The scholarship of engagement (also known as outreach scholarship, public scholarship, scholarship for the common good, community-based scholarship, and community-engaged scholarship) represents an integrated view of faculty roles in which teaching, research/creative activity, and service overlap and are mutually reinforcing, is characterized by scholarly work tied to a faculty member's expertise, is of benefit to the external community, is visible and shared with community stakeholders, and reflects the mission of the institution. In addition, NERCHE conceptualizes scholarly engagement in terms of social justice in a diverse democracy.

Nominators will submit nominations via an online application. To submit an application, please see the Application Instructions. Application Deadline: Friday, April 27, 2012.

hIf you have any questions regarding the Lynton Award, please contact NERCHE via email at nerche@umb.edu or by phone at (617) 287-7740.