October 2010 Archives

IPID Elections

IPID Student Group has two elections per year: officer elections and committee chair elections.  Officer elections are held at the end of the spring semester for the offices of president, vice president, treasurer, secretary and officer-at-large.  Committee chair elections are held at the beginning of the fall semester for leaders of IPID's committees: strategic relations, programming, finance, and information technology and communication.  IPID's officers and committee chairs compose the Executive Committee (EC).

IPID's EC members hold their positions for one year.  The voting membership of IPID is composed of student members who subscribe to the IPID listserv.  Voting is conducted electronically.  University of Minnesota graduate and professional students are eligible to run for office if they: are registered for at least 6 credits, are in good standing with the University of Minnesota, and are able to commit to 1.5-2.5 hours of involvement per week.  Descriptions of EC member positions follow:

The President presides over all meetings of IPID and acts as official representative of the club at other meetings and events. The President is also the co-coordinator of committees and working groups.

Vice President:
The Vice President presides at meetings of IPID in the absence of the president and succeeds the president if the president were unable to complete his/her term of office. The Vice President is also co-coordinator of committees and working groups.

The secretary of the IPID student group shall be responsible for:
  • keeping, sending out, and posting minutes from every IPID meeting;
  • organizing and coordinating meeting times and locations;
  • providing support at IPID events;
  • maintaining regular, open communications among the IPID committees;
  • coordinating agenda-setting with other officers (especially with the president, vice president, and treasurer) as needed.

The treasurer of the IPID student group shall be responsible for:
  • keeping up-to-date and accurate information on IPID's financial transactions;
  • maintaining detailed records of income and expenditures;
  • ensuring that IPID's budget is balanced;
  • liaising with the finance staff of funders;
  • providing regular updates to IPID officers about the financial condition of the group;
  • assisting in the development of the student group's budget for the next fiscal year. 
The treasurer shall work with both the Fundraising and Finance Committee and the Grant Management Committee.

At-Large Member: 
The At-Large Member is an officer for the IPID student group whose responsibilities include:
  • filling the role of any absent officers;
  • providing support and acting as a liaison to other officers and committee chairs;
  • delegating duties;
  • assisting the organization of events;
  • providing feedback to committees and helping to maintain open communications among them.

The general duties of the Chair are: coordinate the efforts, ideas, and communications of their committee; facilitate communication and coordination with the Executive Committee and other standing committees.

Information Technology and Communication (ITC) Chair:
The ITC Chair is responsible for managing IPID's website, listserv and other digital media outlets.  Basic knowledge of web content management is beneficial, but not required.

Finance Chair:
The role of the Finance Chair is to identify, prepare and secure funding for IPID operations, events, and programs. The Finance Chair will head the Finance and Fundraising Committee and will be responsible for:
  • finding, writing and securing grants for IPID student group activities;
  • overseeing the responsible use of these funds;
  • ensuring that the specific provisions of each grant awarded are met. 

Programming Chair: 
The Programming Chair will handle long and short term programming planning and implementation of activities and events for IPID.  The Programming Chair will head the Programming Committee.

Strategic Relations Chair: 
The role of the Strategic Relations Chair is to develop and implement outreach goals for IPID.  The Strategic Relations Chair will head the Strategic Relations Committee.  The Strategic Relations Chair's primary goals will be to make, develop, and enhance IPID's relationship with multiple departments, colleges, and other student clubs at the University of Minnesota, and to build IPID's profile on campus.

IPID Talk 11/3: Silences in NGO Discourses

The next IPID talk will be on Wednesday, November 3rd at 11:00am in Room 70 of the Minnesota Population Center (50 Willey Hall). Click here for a campus map: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/maps/WilleyH/ The topic will be: Silences in NGO discourse: The current and future role of NGOs in Africa. Hindolo Pokawa from the Comparative & International Development Education (CIDE) program track will be the host. Context of the discussion: We will discuss the Relationship between Civil Society and the states in Africa. 

"...the transformation from a colonial subject society to a bourgeois society in Africa is incomplete, stunted and distorted. We have the continued domination of imperialist reproduction of the colonial model in different forms currently labeled globalization or neoliberalism. Within this context, NGO's are neither a third sector, nor independent of the state. Rather, they are inextricably implicated in the neoliberal offensive, which follows on the heels of the crisis of the national project. Unless there is awareness on the part of the NGOs of this fundamental moment in the struggle between imperialism and nationalism, they end up playing the role of ideological and organisational foot soldiers of imperialism..." Issa Shivjee 

1. How do you understand civil society? 
2. In your view, is civil society a servant of the people or an extension of the broad social formations that reproduce privilege? 
3. What is your critical evaluation of Shivjee's claim (above)? 
4. Can civil society ever be free from the state? 
5. Are there other ways of thinking about the role and practice of civil society? 

To participate: 
- Read this short article (attached) by Shivjee and come prepare to discuss international development. 
- Because these are broad questions, our time will be spent discussing these issues as they affect and relate to our worldviews and experiences. 

11:00 Introduction of the topic and quick summary of the reading. 
11:10 Structured discussion. 
11:50 Last thoughts.

10/6: Agricultural Innovation in Africa

Calestous_Juma.jpgThe Minnesota Lectures on Applied Economics and Policy presents the Philip M. Raup Lecture on Land and Environmental Policy, Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. in the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics on the St. Paul Campus.
Speaker: Dr. Calestous Juma, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Title: "Agricultural Innovation in Africa"
Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Place: Cargill Building for Microbial & Plant Genomics, 1500 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN 55108 (map)
Calestous Juma is Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology, and Globalization Project at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.  He also directs the Agricultural Innovation in Africa Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He is a former Executive Secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Founding Director of the African Centre for Technology Studies in Nairobi, and he also served as Chancellor of the University of Guyana.  He is a member of the Royal Society of London, the US National Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, the UK Royal Academy of Engineering and the African Academy of Sciences. He has won several international awards for his work on sustainable development.  He holds a PhD in science and technology policy studies and has written widely on science, technology, and environment.  Among others, he serves on the boards of WWF International and the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Foundation.  He is lead author of Innovation: Applying Knowledge in Development. He is co-editor of Engineering Change: Towards a Sustainable Future in the Developing World.  He is editor of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Technology and Globalisation and International Journal of Biotechnology.
This event is free and open to the public.  If you are interested in attending, please go to our Department website at: http://www.apec.umn.edu/RaupLecture2010.html and follow the online registration instructions.
Reception to follow lecture.
For questions contact:  Elaine Reber (612-625-8713 / ereber@umn.edu)

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