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Forum Podcast Ep. 52: Harnessing the Power of Resistance Continued

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Dr. Christopher Sansone (Verticle Leadership), Maria Velasco, MA (Beyond Inclusion Group) answer questions from listeners that attended our webinar Harnessing the Power of Resistance: Transformative Leadership Strategies.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p52

Apply for Paid On Campus Summer Research

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Research/Creative Activity can be done in all disciplines. There are 400, 200, and 100 hour options.

Compensation over 11 Weeks:
400 hours – $5700
200 hours – $2850
100 hours – $1425

First step: Read the URGO Summer Research Info Packet (found at the link below)
Second step: Talk to faculty in your discipline(s) and ask if they have ongoing research and are willing to mentor you

Phase 1 Application is due February 4th

On Campus Summer Research Website

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off Campus

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

Get paid to conduct scientific research with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January 2021.

Contact URGO at urgo@augsburg.edu to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off Campus Summer Research Lists and Databases

Apply for a Boren Scholarship to Cover Language Learning Abroad

submitted by tengwalm@augsburg.edu

The Boren Scholarship program is an initiative by the US Federal Government to increase the study of languages by individuals committed to public service careers. The Boren Awards fund intensive language study abroad for U.S. undergrad and grad students. After graduation, Boren winners complete one-year minimum of paid work in the federal government, in areas like national defense, diplomacy, and intelligence. STEM majors can apply for summer scholarships too! The Boren Scholarship can be used to cover a variety of study abroad experiences, including their Flagship Language Initiative programs and others. URGO and Study Abroad provide joint advising on this program and will work with all applicants to select the program, develop budgets and write the application essays.

Scholarship amounts:
Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

If you are interested, here are your next steps:
• Check out the Boren website (https://www.borenawards.org/) to learn about languages you can study and preferred countries!
• Let us know your interest by contacting Dixie Shafer (shafer@augsburg.edu) or Andrea Dvorak (dvorak@augsburg.edu).
• DUE January 20: send a draft of your application to urgo@augsburg.edu or dvorak@augsburg.edu – we will work through several drafts from this point to ensure that you submit the strongest application possible.

General Announcements

Need Mental Health Resources Over the Break?

submitted by detloff@augsburg.edu

If you are in need of mental health resources during the semester break, here are some options for you:

1. Call the CWC office at 612-330-1707 and press 1 to be connected with Protocall which provides trained mental health professionals to assist you by phone 24/7.
2. If you are in Hennepin County and having a crisis, you can call the Hennepin County Cope Team at 612-596-1223. In greater MN, text **274747 to reach a local county crisis team.
3. Free zoom or phone counseling is also available at Walk-In Counseling Center. Check out their website at https://walkin.org for more information and hours.
4. There is also a new tool on the CWC website called TAO – Therapy Assistance Online which offers a variety of self-help modules you may want to check out over the break. http://www.augsburg.edu/cwc

The CWC office will resume meeting with students via zoom when classes start on January 11, 2021. Many additional resources can be found on the CWC website at http://www.augsburg.edu/cwc

Have a safe and healthy break. See you in 2021!

https://www.augsburg.edu/cwc

https://www.augsburg.edu/cwc

A Prayer for Hope and Possibility

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

2020 has been an extended Advent season, waiting and wading through a broken world, we struggled to find hope and joy. We did though, we held to the promise of better, of possibility. We knew at some point, there would be a game-changer. Whether that was a vaccine, or the uprising of a city demanding racial justice, an election, or the birth of a child to a poor, unwed mother in West Asia, we looked ahead with hope. As we look to 2021, Jenn Luong, Pastoral Intern, offers a prayer for Hope and Possibility:

A Prayer for Hope and Possibility

2020 Holiday Shipping Deadlines (Starting to Pass)

submitted by suter@augsburg.edu

As we are now in the 2020 holiday season the main shipping carriers have published their guidelines to have packages arrive by Christmas. If you are planning to send packages make sure to get them sent off before the following dates.

All dates listed are recommended send-by dates for contiguous US destinations. These dates are not guaranteed so earlier is always better (and cheaper).

UPS
Dec 15 – Ground – Too Late!
Dec 21 – 3 Day Select
Dec 22 – 2nd Day Air
Dec 23 – Next Day Air

FedEx
Dec 15 – Ground/Home – Too Late!
Dec 21 – Express Saver
Dec 22 – 2Day
Dec 23 – Overnight

USPS
Dec 15 – Retail Ground – Too Late!
Dec 18 – First-Class – Last Chance!
Dec 19 – Priority
Dec 23 – Priority Express

Thank You
Central Services Staff

Event Announcements

Seizing the Moment to Create a New, More Inclusive Normal

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

When: January 21, 2021 11:00 am CST
Presenters: Maureen Berkner Boyt, M.Ed, The Moxie Exchange  |  Stephanie Douglass, MA, Vungle  |  Becca Gelenberg, MBA, Upstart

How do we create a more inclusive normal? The convergence of the global pandemic and racial justice movement has shifted the way we work in ways we are just beginning to understand. In the midst of the unknown, what we do know is there is an unprecedented opportunity to focus on people; who is on our teams and how we can evolve company systems and cultures to be more innovative, productive, inclusive and equitable.
Two innovative leaders, Stephanie Douglass, VP of People, Vungle and Becca Gelenberg, Head of People Operations, Upstart have doubled down on their respective companies commitments to DE&I during this environment of change. In this webinar we’ll share how they engaged executive leadership to their newest hires, partnered with The Moxie Exchange to digitize their learning and tools, and as a result have been able to make significant progress in a short period of time.

Learning Outcomes
How to leverage this moment to engage your executive team in committing to a meaningful DEI strategy
How to capitalize on employee’s ‘what can I do?’ enthusiasm to drive real change behavior change
Hear how to take a multimodal approach to delivering DEI tools, knowledge and resources

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/seizing-the-moment-to-create-a-new-more-inclusive-normal/

Neighbors Together in a Divided Nation: An Inter-religious Conversation

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Date: January 26, 2021
Time: 4:00- 5:00 pm CST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Interfaith at Augsburg invites you to join in reflecting upon how various religious and secular traditions call for our engagement in loving and serving the neighbor, working for healing, justice, peace and mercy, and the care of creation in a divided and often distrustful nation and world.

Farhan Latif, President of the El-Hibri Foundation, will moderate a conversation with:
Imam Makram El-Amin, Masjid An-Nur in Minneapolis
Professor Lori Brandt Hale, chair of Augsburg University’s Department of Religion and Philosophy
Rabbi Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg, Assistant Rabbi, Shir Tikvah Congregation in Minneapolis

Following the presentations we will hear from student respondents, and there will be time for Q&A..

Our presenters:

Farhan Latif is a philanthropic leader, social entrepreneur and cross sector mobilizer on minority inclusion. He is the President of the El-Hibri Foundation, focused on cross sector approaches to foster inclusion across religious and political divides.

Imam Makram El-Amin has worked for more than two decades as a religious and community leader, firmly rooted in the principle of our inherent human dignity. Imam El-Amin leads Al Maa’uun (Neighborly Needs) Community Outreach Services that addresses food insecurity, affordable housing, career services, and mentoring.
Lori Brandt Hale is Professor and Chair of Religion and Philosophy at Augsburg University, where she has taught since 1998. Brandt Hale has devoted her academic career both to teaching and to studying the life and legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
Rabbi Arielle LeKach-Rosenberg serves as Assistant Rabbi at Shir Tikvah with a focus on music, prayer and activism. She was ordained by the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in June 2017. She spent her final two years of rabbinical school working as a full-time rabbinic fellow at B’nai Jeshurun in New York City.

Register in advance for this webinar

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Art Gallery: Call for Artists

submitted by tripp@augsburg.edu

Save the Date: Augsburg University’s Annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. event is Monday, January 18th, 2021

This year, we are having the first Martin Luther King Jr. Art Gallery. The gallery will focus on the intergenerational/ multicultural expression of activism through art.

Who is Eligible to submit Art? *ALL PEOPLE*
People of all ages and intersectionalities including BIPOC and LGBTQ+

What kind of Art are we looking for?
Submit art that reflects Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of creating equity and dismantling white supremacy.

You can submit 1-3 pieces of Art. The artwork can be any medium: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, photography, screen printing, jewelry, textile, mixed media, digital and film. All submissions are due on January 10th, 2021.

Email images of your work to the Pan-Afrikan Director Azania Tripp Tripp@augsburg.edu. In the email, include your name, the title of the art piece, and an artist statement.

Call for Batalden Applied Ethics Grant Student Proposals – Due January 22, 2021

submitted by koh@augsburg.edu

Augsburg University’s students are invited to submit a Batalden student grant proposal to support student leadership in applied intersectional ethics on campus and/or in the local community. This student grant program defines applied ethics as work that focuses on, considers, and/or addresses public and/or private moral issues. The overarching objective of this grant is to support student work in intersectional applied ethics that promote social justice and social change. Grant funding for all student proposals is generously supported by Paul ’63 and LaVonne (Olson) Batalden ’63, and Stephen ’67 and Sandra Batalden.

Applied intersectional ethics: Intersectionality is a concept that emerged out of critical race and legal scholarship. This student grant supports work that explicitly addresses intersectionality and ethics. Student proposals should address how interdependent structures and systems of discrimination that perpetuate oppression are ethical issues.

Grant amount: Student proposals may request up to $3000 for the proposed work (including up to $1000 Augsburg student stipends — the proposal should include rationale for the stipend amount requested). Note: Proposals requesting more than $3000 must provide compelling rationale (along with a detailed budget) for the financial request. All funds must be used before May 31, 2021.

Eligibility: Augsburg student (undergraduate, graduate and/or alum). A staff or faculty advisors is required. *Note: Student proposals may include community members outside of Augsburg University, but non-Augsburg affiliated students are not eligible for stipends.

Priority deadline: January 22, 2021 (before midnight)

Proposal submission: To submit a student grant proposal, please complete a proposal application (using Google forms, see link below).

Questions: Contact Prof. Bibiana Koh (koh@augsburg.edu), Batalden Scholar in Applied Ethics, for inquiries about this student grant opportunity.

https://forms.gle/Pzm9pbV7cf9Q33EF6

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