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January 17, 2013

Engagement Profile: January

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In the upcoming editions of Engaging U, we will feature University of Minnesota engagement units and centers. If you have suggestions for upcoming profiles, please contact Amber Cameron (acameron@umn.edu).

For this edition of our Engaging U spotlight we meet Laurie McGinnis, Director for the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS). In the interview below, McGinnis provides highlights of her center's engagement work on a project of regional significance.

Describe the work of your office:

The Center for Transportation Studies was created in 1987 to address the need for closer cooperation between University faculty and state and federal departments of transportation, and to strengthen the University's role in transportation research and education. Our mission is to be a catalyst for transportation innovation through research, education, and outreach.

CTS uses a broad participatory structure to engage practitioners, stakeholders, policymakers, private industry, and communities with University faculty, staff, and students on the transportation issues of today and tomorrow. Our partners view us as an objective convener around transportation topics with the ability to facilitate discussions that lead to solutions.

What is a current engagement project your unit is working?

Ed Goetz, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, and I are co-leading the University of Minnesota's evaluation team as part of the metropolitan area's "Corridors of Opportunity" initiative (www.corridorsofopportunity.org). It is an initiative to promote sustainable, vibrant, and healthy communities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region, using the region's emerging transitway system as a development focus. Funded by a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Integration Initiative funds from Living Cities (a collaboration of 22 of the nation's largest foundations and financial institutions) the Corridors of Opportunity initiative runs from 2011 to 2013.

The evaluation will address both the systems-change dimensions of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative as well as the tangible impacts on quantitative indicators documenting changes in the region.

The objectives are to:
--Evaluate the impact of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative;
--Provide data or outcome reporting required by HUD;
--Coordinate data, data collection, measures and indicators of activity related to Corridors of Opportunity and its projects, leveraging other data collection efforts; and
--Provide the Corridors of Opportunity Policy Board ongoing formative evaluation to inform the evolution of the Corridors of Opportunity initiative.

What impact is this project having/expect to have?

The vision of the initiative is that transit way corridors will guide our region's growth, vitality and competitiveness. Development along transit ways will create distinctive places and strengthen local assets while increasing ridership and expanding access to jobs, affordable housing and essential services for residents of all incomes and backgrounds.


U of MN Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Pledge Drive

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A "day on, not a day off." That's the spark for the UMN Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Volunteer Pledge Drive. Inspired by the national MLK Day of Service, this pilot project on the Twin Cities campus aims to promote service opportunities for faculty, staff, and students while advancing the University's mission of public engagement for the common good.

Through a voluntary "Take the Pledge" web page, the project will also provide a snapshot of the community volunteer hours U faculty, staff, and students contribute each year.

Pledge any amount of volunteer community service hours through March 31 and complete pledged hours by Friday, May 17.

Take the pledge today!


January 9, 2013

Winter Proposals & Papers

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It's the New Year and with it comes a whole new batch of proposal and paper opportunities!

- Call for Proposals: Special Issue of Mobilization (Deadline: January 11, 2013)
Mobilization, the leading scholarly journal in social movement studies plans a special issue on innovative research in contentious politics to be published in December 2013.

- Call for Proposals: A Journal of Imagining America (Deadline: January 15 - February 15, 2013)
The theme of this new journal is "Linked Fates & Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners". We invite proposals that reflect critically on the shared predicaments of democratically-oriented cultural work in higher education.

- Call for Manuscripts - Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education (Deadline: February 1, 2013)
The Journal of Public Scholarship in Higher Education showcases the new disciplinary knowledge and pedagogical practice generated when faculty engage with communities.

- Call for Abstracts: National Environmental Justice Conference & Training Program (Deadline: February 1, 2013)
Leaders from various sectors will engaged in 3 days of free exchange of new ideas and new approaches to environmental justice.

- Community College National Center for Community Engagement Annual Conference (Deadline: February 8, 2013)
The Community College National Center for Community Engagement is happy to announce it's now accepting pre-conference and workshop proposals for its 22nd Annual International Conference to be held on May 22-24, 2013

- 2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit: Call for Session Proposals (Deadline: February 11, 2013)
Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin Campus Compact invite proposals for the Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, which will take place May 29-30, 2013 at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. Each session proposal should relate to the Summit's theme: Weaving Deep Connections Across Institutions and Communities.

- Call for Papers: Teaching Democratic Thinking (Deadline: February 15, 2013)
Proposal abstracts are sought for a special 2014 issue of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-learning and vic Engagement.

- Call for Manuscript Proposals: Special Issue of Feminist Teacher on Feminist Campus-Community Partnerships (Deadline: February 15, 2013)
We seek contributions that provide project-specific attempts to connect with--or interrupt--community engagement work as a way to generate meaning in the lives of students, faculty, administrators and community partners.

- RIEJS Call for Papers: Education for Citizenship: Challenges and Perspectives from a Social Justice Approach (Deadline: February 15, 2013)
The International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS) publishes three types of contributions: articles, text reviews, and published-contribution reviews.

- Imagine America Call for Proposals: Communities & Campuses as Equitable Partners (Deadline: February 15, 2013)
Imagine America invites submissions to the first issue of Public rooted in the 2012 Imagining America conference. The e-journal of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, Public promotes public and engaged forms of scholarship and practice across arts, humanities, and design.


MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship

As a member of the Talloires Network, the University of Minnesota is invited to submit up to 2 nominations to be considered for the MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship. The MacJannet Prize was established in order to: recognize and encourage exceptional student community engagement and community service, financially support the ongoing work of university-based civic initiatives, elevate innovate civic engagement program models , strengthen public support for the global civic engagement movement in higher education, and to elevate the civic engagement of universities around the world.

The Office for Public Engagement is conducting an internal application process to determine the nominations that will represent the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in the award process. We would like to invite university units who want to be considered to submit applications by January 18, 2013. Nomination guidelines and forms are available at the Talloires Network website. Please submit a complete nomination form to public@umn.edu. U of M - Twin Cities finalists will advance to the international competition. Please notify our office of your intent to apply as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to public@umn.edu.