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SPRING 2018

ACPA/ASHE Presidential Symposium on Racism, Recovery, and Social Justice

Student Life has registered to live stream this important professional development opportunity. Presenters for the event include are Stephen John Quaye, Miami University (ACPA President); Lori Patton Davis, Indiana University (ASHE President); and Shaun R. Harper, University of Southern California (ASHE Past President). The schedule for the symposium follows.

12:00 - 12:50 p.m: Welcome and moderated framing conversation among Presidents Quaye, Patton, and Harper
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.: Stocktaking and sensemaking of racist incidents on campuses
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.: Self-care in periods of racial stress and recovery from racial battle
3:00 - 3:50 p.m.: Collective impact and coalition building for racial justice
4 p.m.: Live stream ends

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018
Time: 12 - 4 p.m.
Place: Ianni Conference Room, Housing and Residence Life

Lunch will be provided - RSVP HERE.

University Housing: Past, Present, and Future

The homes of our on-campus students provide learning opportunities outside of the classroom. This presentation will provide you with history & context of housing, both at UMD and elsewhere. Additionally, we will share the goals and future aspirations for Housing and Residence Life at UMD. 

Presenters: Jeremy Leiferman and John Schmidt, Housing and Residence Life
Date: Wednesday, February 14th
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Place: Garden Room, Kirby Student Center

Busy is the Enemy of the Strategic

At their summer 2017 retreat, the Student Life Directors spent time discussing the challenges of carving out time for strategic thinking and planning.  This webinar opportunity will provide us with "...strategies for analyzing how we spend our time and offer practical guidance for understanding how we can target our use of time toward our mission-critical outcomes." More information about the webinar and the presenter may be found here

Presenters: Dr. Adam Peck, Stephen F. Austin University (Texas)
Date: Tuesday, February 20th
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Place: Gooseberry Falls Room, Kirby Student Center

RSVP here if you plan to participate so that we might send out any participant materials in advance.

The Struggle of Our Time: Free Speech and Inclusive Campus Environments

What is a university to do when their commitment to an inclusive environment clashes with the their responsibilities to free speech? This is the struggle of our time, playing out at UMD and at campuses across the nation. What can (and can't) the institution do to suppress speech that is disrespectful, hateful, or bullying? What strategies promote a respectful and welcoming environment while encouraging the free exchange of ideas? This interactive workshop explores the laws, court cases, policies, and guidelines that frame this discussion; participants will then work to develop strategies for universities to become a place that values both social justice and free speech.

Presenters: Jeni Eltink, Kirby Student Center
Date: Wednesday, May 23rd
Time: 12 to 1 p.m.
Place: Garden Room, Kirby Student Center

FALL 2017

Adventure on a Mission: UMD Farm!Student Life staff at the UMD Sustainable Agriculture Project

Dr. Randy Hanson has worked over the past several years to revitalize the land that was formerly the Northeast Agricultural Experimental Station by creating a 10 acre organic farm (the Sustainable Agriculture Project - SAP). Students are learning at the farm how to grow organic vegetables. These fresh wonderful vegetables have been served in UMD's Dining Services over the past six years. That, however, is only one activity that is happening at the farm. The success of this project has evolved into developing a "land lab" where students and faculty can research sustainable food, water and energy practices in collaboration with people and organizations in the western Lake Superior Region.

This year Randy received the Endowed Chair of Agricultural Systems position from the University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. This means Randy will be working with campus and community supporter to ensure long terms goals and development of the UMD Farm.

Please join us to hear and see all of the great things that are happening at the farm! 

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (new date)
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Meet: Bus Hub at 12 p.m.
What to bring: Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather. Also, feel free to bring a camera.


Get Out! Biking in and Around Duluth

Looking to ride the 100+ miles of bike trails around Duluth? It's no exaggeration that Duluth is THE hotspot for mountain biking and trail riding. This practical session will show you details about our local trails, maps, parking, trailheads, finding the right bike, etc. We will discuss flat/paved trails for beginners all the way to technical trails for the more advanced riders. This session will have something for everyone!

Presenters: Dr. Corbin Smyth (Student Life) and Dr. David Worley (Health Services)
Date: Monday, October 16, 2017
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Place: Split Rock Room (KSC RDC 301)

Gen Z

What are the characteristics of the emerging new Gen Z college students?  How are they similar to and different from the Millennial Generation?  What might this mean for our practices?  This will be a discussion session where you will have the opportunity to share your observations and ideas, as well as learn what current research says about this generation.

Presenter: Sue Darge Lombardo (CEHSP)
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 12 - 1 p.m.
Place: Split Rock Room (KSC RDC 301)
Presentation resources: Generation Z Characteristics