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CFANS Dean's Engaged Leaders Program

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) Dean's Engaged Leaders Program is a two-year program for incoming CFANS students who are committed to developing their potential to enhance our civic spaces through leadership, diversity, and stewardship of the urban, rural, and natural environment. 

This programs offers students the opportunity to explore multicultural communities around Minnesota and to learn how to improve community spaces through civic leadership.

The Dean's Engaged Leaders earn one credit every semester as they take a seminar involving community leaders from around the state of Minnesota. Students visit the White Earth Indian Reservation in the Fall, attend a retreat in the spring, and work on a number of different service projects.


                 Dean's Engaged Leaders at the White Earth Reservation. Photo courtesy of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

The first year of the program focuses on mentorship opportunities and creating a strong foundation through the use of assessment tools to discover personal leadership styles. The second year of the program takes these newfound leadership skills and puts them to use with a long-term service learning experience and through close interactions with community leaders. This program can be a great fit for students who have an interest in leadership, community service, and diversity. 

If this sounds interesting to you, check out the Dean Engaged Leaders website for additional information about the program, including how to apply.

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