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Here is a summary of events we have organized or co-sponsored in the past. Some are annual or seasonal, and others are one-time events.

 

2011-2012

Constitution Week

Monday, September 12 – Friday, September 16

Celebrate the United States Constitution, its history, its interpretations in modernity, and the democracy it has empowered.

 

Film: “Better This World” followed by a discussion with Dr. Dan Martin, Dept. of Sociology

Monday, September 12 

The story of Bradley Crowder and David McKay, who were accused of intending to firebomb the 2008 Republican National Convention, is a dramatic tale of idealism, loyalty, crime and betrayal. Better This World goes to the heart of the war on terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America.

This event is a part of Constitution Week

More information can be found at: http://www.pbs.org/pov/betterthisworld/

 

Civic Leaders Panel – “Student Voices in the Community”

Wednesday, September 14 

An opportunity for students to speak to their local elected officials representing the UMD district and to hear from them about the issues local officials work on that affect student life. Expected panelists are City Councilors Dan Hartman, Patrick Boyle, and Jim Stauber as well as County Commissioner Frank Jewell.

This event is a part of Constitution Week

 

Pocket Constitutions, “What is Democracy?” wall, and citizenship quiz

Thursday and Friday, September 15-16 

As part of our Constitution Week celebration we invite you to come collect your own copy of the constitution in pocket-size as well as add your definition of Democracy to our wall and try your knowledge at our quiz.

This event is a part of Constitution Week

 

Introduction to the Seven Revolutions: A New Look at Global Issues

Thursday, September 15 

Listen and watch as a number of speakers discuss the seven areas where the most dramatic, even revolutionary, change will occur globally by the year 2030. The Seven Revolutions initiative is a joint effort between the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the American Democracy Project to increase global competency in our universities and colleges.

 

Community Involvement Fair

Wednesday, September 21 

Introduce yourself to over 40 different community organizations working in our area in a variety of fields.  Learn about them, sign up to volunteer with them, and spend some time expanding your knowledge of Duluth non-profits.

 

Webinar: Using the Community Capitals Framework to Understand and Measure Community Impact

Tuesday, September 27 

Community Capitals is a framework that facilitates planning for and measuring community or organizational change.  It is currently used around the world by community development practitioners and by researchers of asset-based development.  Cornelia B. Flora, one of the originators of this framework, will present the concepts of natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial and built capital and how they work together to sustain healthy ecosystems, economic security, and social well-being.


New York Times Workshop and Luncheon

Wednesday, October 19

New York Times representative, Paul Wilson will be on campus to discuss ways The New York Times can be utilized in courses to support awareness of civic engagement, global citizenship and related issues.
 
Dennis Falk, Professor in the Social Work Department, will also be present to discuss teaching global issues through the Seven Revolutions, a joint project between the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the American Democracy Project, and how the New York Times could be used as an integral part of curricula.

Free lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Steve Wick by October 14th at 5:00 PM.

Film: “The Sweetest Sound”
Wednesday, October 19 

Join us for a documentary about names and identity. “Names are the opening words to our life stories. With intimacy, humor and his own inimitable style, Alan Berliner dives headfirst into the American name pool in search of the treasures and traps hidden in names — especially his own. The Sweetest Sound starts out as a search for identity, transforms into a meditation on mortality, leaving a keen sense of the power and mystery embedded in every name.” (excerpt from film description)

Discussion Topics:

  • How is identity shaped and portrayed in a technological world?
  • How do names affect identity?
  • How does culture shape naming trands?
  • How has your name shaped who you are?

More information can be found at: http://www.pbs.org/pov/thesweetestsound/

 

 Sustainability Fair – Rethinking Food Systems

Wednesday, October 19 

 

Join the Office of Sustainability for a day of thinking about where our food really comes from and meet a number of local organizations and people who are working towards sustainability every day.

 

Robert Kenner, Director of “Food Inc.”

Thursday, October 20 

 

Join us as we welcome Robert Kenner, director of the acclaimed documentary “Food Inc.”, to discuss the impact of our current food system and how we must change course towards a more sustainable pattern. Our office is one of multiple co-sponsors for this event.

 

Civic Engagement Forum with Minnesota Campus Compact

Tuesday, October 25 

 

This civic engagement forum, one of five in the state, will leave participants with the skills to engage in productive one-on-one conversations, share ideas and strategies for addressing issues of common interest, and give participants an opportunity for new connections and possible constructive action. Please RSVP for this event by October 21 at: http://umdforum.eventbrite.com/

 

 At-Large City Council Candidate Panel

Thursday, October 27

 

Come meet the at-large city council candidates! Candidates scheduled to be in attendance are Linda Krug, Emily Larson, Tim Riley, and Chad Smith. A moderated discussion will be followed by questions from audience members. Attendees have an opportunity to win a free American Democracy Project t-shirt.


Webinar: Inquiry into Service Learning: From Learning Outcomes to Dissemination

November 4

 

Service learning has the potential to change the world.  Inquiry into our own service learning practice has the potential to change our teaching, our students' learning, and scholarship in the academic disciplines and service learning itself. In this webinar, learn how to ask good questions about your practice and your students' learning that get at the big ideas and goals of your community-based work.  Develop your capacity to embed assessment that is ongoing, actively engages students, and provides documentation for future reflection.  Gain practical strategies for systematic and critical reflection on your success and failures.  And finally, learn how to share your new knowledge from inquiry in publications and other scholarly products to advance the field.  This webinar is appropriate for faculty who engage in service-learning or community based learning, or plan to engage in these pedagogies, and for staff and administrators who work with faculty.

Film: “Armadillo”
Thursday, November 10 
          
“In 2009, Janus Metz and cameraman Lars Skree accompanied a platoon of Danish soldiers to Armadillo, a combat operations base in southern Afghanistan. For six months, often while under fire, they captured the lives of the young soldiers fighting the Taliban in a hostile and confusing environment, where official rhetoric about helping civilians too often met the unforgiving reality of being a foreign occupier.” *Film may be graphic to some audiences*  More information can be found at: http://www.pbs.org/pov/armadillo/

Film: “Waiting for Superman”

Tuesday, November 15 

 

This documentary is by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim and looks at the education the children of America are receiving today. He specifically follows a group of promising children in public education, and reviews what he calls “drop-out factories” and “academic sinkholes.”  The goal is to highlight a number of approaches to education, in hopes of shining a spotlight on key education reform issues and the importance of great teachers, as well as sparking conversation and actions to ensure a great education for all children.

 

 

Holiday Mail for Heroes
Monday, December 5


Join us to create and send holiday mail to American service members, veterans, and family members of those who serve. All materials will be provided. This activity is organized by the Office of Civic Engagement, the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross, and SERVE.

 

MN Campus Compact Webinar
Service-Learning in Oncline Courses: Practical Considerations and Strategies
Tuesday, December 6
Free to all faculty, no RSVP required

 

Webinar Overview:

This free webinar will explore the challenges related to the integration of service-learning and online education by using a decision tree model that asks key questions based on individual goals and experience. Webinar participants will:

 

  • Compare traditional service-learning courses with online courses and pinpoint options presented by both the challenges and the opportunities
  • Identify multiple paths to online service-learning
  • Examine options for identifying and engaging service sites
  • Look at ways to overcome logistical challenges
  • Explore unique opportunities that online service-learning may offer

14th Annual Citizens in Action Workshop

Saturday, January 28

Citizens in Action is a day long training program designed to educate citizens about the political process and how they can get involved at the local, state, and national level. The League of Women Voters of Duluth and many cooperating organizations sponsor this free event that is open to the public. Each year over 150 participants attend the workshop and have an opportunity to meet with area elected officials, network and receive many handouts with contact information for area organizations and elected officials.

Community Involvement Fair

Thursday, February 2

Students, staff, and faculty interested in volunteering or finding a service-learning placement will have the opportunity to explore many possibilities and connect with over 50 community organizations and schools.  There will be opportunities to serve in education, environmental sustainability, social justice, animal welfare, health care, and art and culture! Free and open to the campus community.

 

Integrating Community-Based Learning into Your Curriculum

Wednesday, February 15

This workshop will focus on how to incorporate civic engagement methodologies into the curriculum. We will also address how to apply for the Civic Engagement mini grant and review best practices.  The purpose of the mini grant is to integrate civic engagement into an existing course or create a new course with a civic engagement component.

Register by emailing Jason Ellis at: jellis2@d.umn.edu or x6214

Sponsored by Instructional Development Services (IDS) and the Office of Civic Engagement

 

Success Series Trainings

Monday – Thursday, February 20-23

These workshops are designed to help volunteer tutors and mentors “successfully understand core competencies for educating and supporting students.”  Workshops are FREE and open to volunteer tutors, mentors and youth program workers. Workshop topics include:

-The Asset Approach: Giving Kids What They Need to Succeed

-Building Relationships with Youth
-Reading Skills and Strategic Tutoring

-Math Refresher for Academic Mentors and Tutors 

-Being a Positive Role Model

-Promoting Cultural Competency in Mentors and Tutors

Connecting Duluth: Bicycle and Pedestrian Path Update

Thursday, March 1

The goals for this event are to inform Duluth residents and students about ongoing bike and pedestrian projects, receive input about specific improvements, and engage residents and students to help support ongoing bike and pedestrian initiatives.

 

Film: “William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe”
followed by a discussion on the film’s topics

Tuesday, March 6
A moving examination of the life and work of William Kunstler, considered one of America’s most “beloved and hated” lawyers in America. Emily Kunstler and Sarah Kunstler, William Kunstler’s daughters, reveal their father’s story through his many cases ranging from his fight for civil rights and free speech to representing mafia bosses and accused terrorists.

As an educational institution, UMD is able to access Point of View (POV) films and show them at no cost to campus and the community.  The Office of Civic Engagement selects multiple films each semester highlighting important topics related to community, current issues, and civic engagement.

 

Lake Superior Service-Learning Conference

Thursday and Friday, March 29-30

Attend the Lake Superior Service-Learning Regional Conference. You will have the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized service-learning leaders, network with other educators and service-learning professionals across the region, and explore how to create sustainable partnerships and best practices supporting service-learning. In addition, attendees will acquire hands on skills to apply and integrate service-learning as an evidence-based teaching strategy.

Webinar: Service-Learning in Graduate Professional Education
Wednesday, April 5

This webinar will explore the challenges and opportunities involved in implementing service-learning in a graduate professional education setting. We will discuss ways of overcoming challenges and tips for success. We will describe a few examples of existing curricula at UCSF, including learner and community partner perspectives.

Project Homeless Connect Art Expo - Expressions of Home Creative Contest and Silent Auction

April 10

 A showcase of the work submitted to the Expressions of Home Creative Contest put on by Project Homeless Connect will be displayed, preformed, and judged.  These could include writing, art work, musical compositions, and/or video. The showcase, in conjunction with a silent auction is being put on to raise funds and support for the Fall 2012 PHC Event aimed to end homelessness in the Twin Ports area and help community members better their lives through helping them find available community resources for things like medical, financial, legal, and professional assistance.

Sponsored by Project Homeless Connect

Film: “If a Tree Falls: The Story of the Earth Liberation Front”
followed by a discussion on the film’s topics

Thursday, April 12

This film “explores two of America’s most pressing issues — environmentalism and terrorism — by lifting the veil on a radical environmental group the FBI calls America’s “number one domestic terrorism threat.” Daniel McGowan, a former member of the Earth Liberation Front, faces life in prison for two multimillion-dollar arsons against Oregon timber companies. What turned this working-class kid from Queens into an eco-warrior?”


As an educational institution, UMD is able to access Point of View (POV) films and show them at no cost to campus and the community.  The Office of Civic Engagement selects multiple films each semester highlighting important topics related to community, current issues, and civic engagement.

 

National Volunteer Week

Sunday, April 15 – Saturday, April 21

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, in unison, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. National Volunteer Week is about taking action, encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to foster positive transformation.

 – Hands On Volunteer Network

 

Spring 2012 UMD Sustainability Fair: Sustainable Development: Exploring Nordic Models

Thursday, April 19
Sustainability is the balance achieved when a society is able to provide for its own needs without compromising the needs of future generations. The bi-annual UMD Sustainability Fair has been established to highlight the progress of sustainability efforts within our community. The Spring 2012 Sustainability Fair will investigate sustainable development through the lens of the Nordic countries while also highlighting UMD’s connections to the region.  Discussions will feature such topics as nature-based outdoor recreation, land management, education and art. 

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability

 

2nd Annual CHAMP Day of Service

Saturday, April 21, projects located at various site in the Duluth community from 10:00am-4:00pm

This spring the Office of Civic Engagement will be holding its second annual CHAMP Day of Service. This community day provides an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to give back to the Duluth community by working on a number of site-based projects with local agencies. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 21st, as a culmination to National Volunteer Week. Please mark your calendars for this important community outreach event. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor

Webinar: Effective Practices in Creating a Transformative Service Experience

Wednesday, April 25

 

Service has the potential to be a powerful experience in an individual’s life and can help them move into employment, post-secondary education, or other civic engagement activities. The National Service to Employment Project (NextSTEP) has identified the practices that contribute to a positive service experience as well as successful post service opportunities. Over the course of this discussion, speakers Sheila Fesko, Senior Research Fellow, and Nancy Keeler, Training Associate, of NextSTEP will review the practices and draft tools that can serve as resources to implement in the field. Individuals participating in the webinar will have the opportunity to provide feedback on these tools and help craft information regarding creating meaningful member experiences.

Specifically, you will learn about:
-The research process to identify effective practices of member engagement leading to successful post service experiences for individuals with and without disabilities.
-The roles and responsibilities of individual service members, service programs, and partner organizations that both ensure an effective service match and experience and support the individual’s goals.
-The strategies and tools to help individuals as well as programs make a more informed choice of a service program and engage in service that contributes to their future.


Constitution Week

Monday, September 17 - Friday, September 21

Celebrate the United States Constitution, its history, its interpretations in modernity, and the democracy it has empowered. Join us at our table in front of the Kirby Bookstore each day and for events around campus!

 

Community Involvement Fair

Tuesday, September 18

Students, staff, and faculty interested in volunteering or finding a service-learning placement will have the opportunity to explore many possibilities and connect with over 50 community organizations and schools.  There will be opportunities to serve in education, environmental sustainability, social justice, animal welfare, health care, and art and culture! Free and open to the campus community.

 

Democracy in Action: Meet the Candidates

Wednesday, September 19

Come meet candidates who will be on the ballot in the November Election in front of the bookstore in the tabling area. Candidates will be there to answer questions, talk about their positions, and meet students.

 

“FRESH Foods” Workshop

Monday, September 24

Fun Recipes for Eating Sustainable and Healthy Foods! Learn how to prepare, and then sample, smoothies and salsa from the fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the UMD Campus! Find out how smoothies and salsa can give you a nutritional boost. All recipes are designed for dorm room cooking.  Please RSVP by emailing ddecker@d.umn.edu

  

SUCCESS Series Trainings

Monday – Friday, September 24-28

These workshops are designed to help volunteer tutors and mentors “successfully understand core competencies for educating and supporting students.”  Workshops are FREE and open to volunteer tutors, mentors and youth program workers. Workshop topics include:

-The Asset Approach: Giving Kids What They Need to Succeed

-Building Relationships with Youth
-Reading Skills and Strategic Tutoring

-Math Refresher for Academic Mentors and Tutors 

-Being a Positive Role Model

-Promoting Cultural Competency in Mentors and Tutors

 

UMD and Mineral Resources: Challenges, Opportunities and A Land-Grant Perspective (A Land-Grant Event)

Thursday, Sept 27

NRRI's Mike Lalich will discuss the history of UMD's connection to the mining industry. Representatives from the mining Industry and faculty researchers on new technologies and reducing environmental impacts will also be speaking. An award will also be presented to a local leader for their work in these areas.  Event sponsored by the Land-Grant Planning Committee.

 

“FRESH Foods” Workshop

Monday, October 1

Fun Recipes for Eating Sustainable and Healthy Foods! On the menu today is hummus and pesto. Learn how to be creative in your snacking in your dorm or apartment! The workshop will use colorful fruits and veggies from out “FRESH Foods” Garden on the UMD Campus. All recipes are designed for dorm room cooking.  Please RSVP by emailing ddecker@d.umn.edu

 

Deliberative Dialogue Moderator Training

Thursday, October 4

Come learn ways to hold a conversation, in both process and content, that break out of the culture of argument and polarized debates that seem increasingly prevalent in our society.  Deliberative practice promotes learning and problem solving, listening and understanding across lines of difference, and can lead to collective action. This is an experience based training and free and open to all. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Alex Johnson (joh04482@d.umn.edu)
Sponsors and Partners: MN Campus Compact, Blandin Foundation, Travelers, Democracy U

 

Land, Law and Education: An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities (A Land-Grant Event)

Tuesday, October 16

Colette Routel, a law professor from William Mitchell College of Law, will share information on cases she has worked on involving land grant issues and treaty rights. Tadd Johnson, UMD American Indian Studies Department Head, director of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program, and attorney, will give an overview with the basics of Federal Indian Policy.  Federal Magistrate Leo Brisbois (White Earth Band) will provide historical perspectives. 


The Importance of Voting

Tuesday, October 23

Join us for a panel discussion of students and faculty to discuss the importance and value of voting. Panelists include Corbin Smyth, Jeremy Youde, Scott Laderman, and a member of both College Democrats and College Republicans. Sponsored by The Office of Civic Engagement along with the Student Association, MPIRG, College Democrats and College Republicans.

 

Women in Politics

Tuesday, October 23

This meet-and-greet event will feature many local women who have found a calling in politics. Join us to hear about their journeys and how more women can become active in the political structure.

 

Election Day

Tuesday, November 6

Polls will be open around the state from 7:00am – 8:00pm. For on-campus residents your polling place is in the Kirby Ballroom.

 

Water Week - November 5-9

Week-long events including: Speakers in classes, sessions with area researchers, Poster Session in Kirby Commons with posters from student and faculty researchers, UMD research programs and community organizations and projects  

 

POV Film: “Where Soldiers Come From”

Thursday, November 8

From a snowy town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, follow the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard.
As an educational institution, UMD is able to access Point of View (POV) films and show them at no cost to campus and the community.  The Office of Civic Engagement selects multiple films each semester highlighting important topics related to community, current issues, and civic engagement.

 

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. presents “Freshwater and the Environment” (A Land-Grant Event)

Friday, November 9

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., vice chair and chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, will speak on fresh water and the environment at UMD. Kennedy was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success helping Riverkeeper, a member-supported watchdog organization, lead the fight to restore the Hudson River. Kennedy is also chairman of Waterkeeper Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to preserving and protecting water from polluters.

 

Minnesota Campus Compact Forum

Thursday, November 15

Experience effective public deliberation. Make new connections.  Identify priorities for collaborative action. Together with the American Commonwealth Partnership and local organizations and leaders around the state, Minnesota Campus Compact will be holding a campus-community dialogue using the National Issues Forums guide, “Shaping Our Future: How Can Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Need?,” to consider multiple perspectives on the purpose and value of higher education and to find common ground for action. Participation is free. Sponsors and Partners: Democracy U, Travelers, Blandin Foundation, A Minnesota Without Poverty

 

Damiano Center Clothing Drive
Donations accepted Dec 3-17

Damiano Center is in need of men's shoes, and teenage/young adult clothing. As gifts are received this holiday season, consider donating some of your old items to our clothing drive.
Drop box locations: Multicultural Center, LSH Lobby, Ianni Hall Lobby, Bus Hub

 

Community-Based Learning Workshop: Engaged Teaching, Research and Service

Friday, January 18

The Office of Civic Engagement is hosting a free workshop for faculty and staff interested in incorporating community-based learning into their course(s).  Participants will explore how best practices of engaged teaching can impact students and the community, how to design curriculum utilizing community-based learning as an engaged teaching approach, and how to build collaborative community partnerships.   

 

Lunch will be provided. 


Citizens in Action

Saturday, January 26

A day long training program designed to educate citizens about the political process and how they can get involved at the local, state, and national level.  The League of Women Voters of Duluth and many cooperating organizations sponsor this free event that is open to the public.  Each year over 150 participants attend the workshop and have an opportunity to meet with area elected officials, network and receive many handouts with contact information for area organizations and elected officials.

 

Community Involvement Fair

Thursday, February 7

Students, staff, and faculty interested in volunteering or finding a service-learning placement will have the opportunity to explore many possibilities and connect with over 40 community organizations and schools.  There will be opportunities to serve in education, environmental sustainability, social justice, animal welfare, health care, and art and culture! Free and open to the campus community.


Bulldog Dialogues: A Day in the Life of a Duluth City Councilor

Wednesday, February 20

Have you ever wondered exactly what a city councilor does? Come meet and converse with your local city councilors Dan Hartman and Linda Krug in an informal, open setting to learn what their positions consist of on a daily basis. This is a great opportunity to talk about current issues you are interested in with the people who represent you in the community. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

 

POV Film Screening - The Reckoning: The battle for the International Criminal Court

Wednesday, February 27

Over 120 countries have united to form the International Criminal Court (ICC) — the first permanent court created to prosecute perpetrators, no matter how powerful, of crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. The Reckoning follows dynamic ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and his team for three years across four continents as he issues arrest warrants for Lord's Resistance Army leaders in Uganda, puts Congolese warlords on trial, shakes up the Colombian justice system, and charges Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir with genocide in Darfur. Like a deft thriller, The Reckoning keeps you on the edge of your seat. Will the prosecutor succeed? Will the world ensure that justice prevails?

 

Engaged Campus Webinar: "Linking Student and Academic Affairs"

Thursday, March 21

This webinar, hosted by Campus Compact, encourages member dialogue about impact, assessment and the connection between civic engagement and emergent trends. Participants will be involved in a discussion about creating partnerships between student and academic affairs in civic engagement strategies. Drawing on the perspectives of presenters from both student and academic affairs, we will share examples of successful models, opportunities for collaboration and the outcomes of greater alignment.

 

POV Film Screening - Up Heartbreak Hill

Thursday, March 28

Thomas and Tamara are track stars at their rural New Mexico high school. Like many teenagers, they are torn between the lure of brighter futures elsewhere and the ties that bind them to home. For these teens, however, home is an impoverished town on the Navajo reservation, and leaving means separating from family, tradition and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf’s Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern.


Community Perspectives on Violence in America

Tuesday, April 2
This panel brings together academics and policy-makers to explore potential causes and effects of the problem of violence in the U.S. and to provide a first step towards meaningful action. Panelists will discuss the role of the media, mental illness, and broader socio-cultural factors in shaping the production of violence, and gun violence in particular. The purpose of the panel is to increase knowledge about the issue, dispel myths, and build connections between UMD and the larger Duluth community. The goal is for audience members to leave with deeper understandings about violence, a new language to discuss the issue, and practical ways to make a difference. This may include volunteering at organizations that serve at-risk individuals, writing congressional leaders to support mental health initiatives, and/or dismantling the culture of violence at home and in communities. 

 

POV Film Screening - I'm Carolyn Parker
Tuesday, April 16

In 2005, Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme set out to document the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. When he met Carolyn Parker, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a vibrant character study of the courage and resiliency of this fearless matriarch and civil-rights activist. I’m Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful is Demme’s intimate account of Parker’s five-year crusade to rebuild her beloved neon-green house, her church, her community — and her life. 

Civic Engagement: Writing & Publishing Workshop

Thursday, April 18

This workshop is for faculty and staff to learn how to publish their research.  Sponsored by Instructional Development Service and the Office of Civic Engagement. 

 

Healthcare Access & Coverage in Our Community:
Understanding health insurance coverage in the new state exchange model

Wednesday, April 24

Hosted by the Office of Civic Engagement, LSBE HealthCare Management, and the Alworth Institute, this panel will host health care professionals to discuss policy, access, and coverage of healthcare in the United States and how the Affordable Care Act changes the scope of healthcare in America. Join our guest panelists, Jessica Crowley, Coordinator of the Health Care Access office and Philip Cryan, the Organizing Director of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. This program expands on the Alworth Institute's year-long look at comparative healthcare systems.


CHAMP Day of Service

Saturday, May 4, 9:00am-4:00pm
Check-in at Bus Hub, service projects throughout
greater Duluth
Registration is closed

This spring the Office of Civic Engagement will be holding its third annual CHAMP Day of Service. This community day provides an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to give back to the Duluth community by working on a number of site-based projects with local agencies. This year's event will be held on Saturday, May 4.


Pet Away Stress

Wednesday, May 8

The 3rd annual “Pet Away Stress” will be held this semester.  Students can come and pet animals to relieve their stress before finals week.

 

September 2013                                                                                                                      

Constitution Day Event: Voter ID, How does it impact your voice? Discussion panel

Tuesday, September 17

6:00pm-8:00pm LSci 175

Celebrate the United States Constitution, its history, its interpretations in modernity, and the democracy it has empowered. The Voter ID panel will discuss the recent bouts with various voter ID laws and their potential (allegedly) of suppressing the vote.  As some southern states now try to push ahead with such ID laws (similar to the amendment that failed to pass, here, in Minnesota), it is important to talk about these issues. Co-sponsored with The Center for Ethics and Public Policy.

 

Community Involvement Fair with special guest: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie

Wednesday, September 18

9:00am-2:00pm Kirby Ballroom

Students, staff, and faculty interested in volunteering or finding a service-learning placement will have the opportunity to explore many possibilities and connect with over 50 community organizations and schools.  There will be opportunities to serve in education, environmental sustainability, social justice, animal welfare, health care, and art & culture. This event is free and open to the campus community.

 

Chester Chats: Elected Officials

Thursday, September 26

7:00pm-8:20pm Glensheen Estate

The first event in the Chester Chat series will focus on Elected Officials and will feature the following speakers State Senator Roger Reinert, State Representative Erik Simonson, and Dan Hartman. The event will consist of three ten-minute presentations with two given by experts in their given field and a third, while still relevant to the topic, will be related to the Glensheen Estate’s history.

 

October                                                                                                                                   

Developing Civic Leaders- Minnesota Campus Compact Event

Friday, October 18

9:30-3:30 pm Normandale Community College, Bloomington

The Office of Civic Engagement is taking a small group of students to this event where they will engage with other students, faculty, and staff on key goals, college student strategies, and dilemmas regarding civic leadership development.

October                                                                                             
Duluth City Council At Large Candidate Forum
Tuesday, October 22
6pm in Griggs Center
Refreshments provided

The candidates for At-Large Duluth City Council Members will participate in a forum at UMD. Each candidate will have an opportunity to discuss their goals for Duluth if they are elected into office. There will also be a chance for open questions from the audience.

The candidates are Zach Filipovich, Barb Russ, Skip Sandman, and Ryan Stauber. The forum will be moderated by Pat Castellano of the League of Women Voters.

Sponsored by The Office of Civic Engagement, UMD Journalism Program, Student Association, and MPIRG.

 

November                                                                                             

Community Bus Tour for Faculty & Staff

Friday, November 1

1:00-4:30pm Duluth Community

Open to ALL faculty and staff, join us for either or both the bus tour and networking hour

Please rsvp by Wednesday Oct 30. Click here for the poster.

Bus tour from 1:00 to 3:15
Resources, overviews of community organization partners, and a stop at two featured organizations to hear more about opportunities to connect


Networking Hour from 3:15 to 4:30
Connect more in-depth with organization representatives and hear about issues addressed in their work.  Consider the possibilities of connecting with these organizations or incorporating community-based learning into your coursework. Refreshments and prize drawing for $250 mini grant (must be present to win).


Guest Presentation: Daniel Seddiqui

Wednesday, November 6

4:00pm-5:30pm Kirby Ballroom

Daniel Seddiqui, author of 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man’s Journey of Discovery Across America will give a presentation in celebration of National Career Development Month. The lecture will focus on five key lessons that he has learned: Perseverance, Risk Taking, Adaptability, Networking, and Endurance. Hosted by Career & Internships Services in collaboration with other campus offices. Click here for the poster.

 

Digital Storytelling Workshop: Bringing Participatory Media into Your Classroom
Presented by Dr. Mitra Emad and Dr. David Syring
from the department of Sociology/Anthropology

Wednesday, November 6

12:00pm-1:30pm EduE 142

 

This workshop will share resources, examples and stories of creating media-rich projects such as digital storytelling and community film-making that enhance students’ active learning and engagement. We will highlight student and faculty work emerging from the new Participatory Media Lab housed in the Center for Social Research in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

 

A light lunch of soup and salad will be provided.  Please RSVP to Michelle Hargrave at mhargrav@d.umn.edu by November 1st. View the poster here.

Chester Chats: Criminology

Tuesday, November 26

7:00pm-8:20pm Glensheen Estate

The second installment of the Chester Chat series will focus on the topic of Criminology and will feature speakers relevant to the topic. View poster here.

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