Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Walk-in Johnson & Johnson Vaccination Clinic TODAY, May 20, 1–3 p.m. at People’s Center


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People’s Center Clinic at 425 20th Avenue South (across Riverside Avenue from Augsburg’s Minneapolis campus) is offering a free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic Thursday afternoon, May 20, from 1 – 3 p.m.

No appointment is necessary, but participants need to be at least 18 years old.

The vaccine that will be provided at this clinic is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires only one dose. A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

People interested in getting a vaccine on today should arrive at the People’s Center Clinic between 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. The time required to get the vaccine and complete the post-vaccination waiting period is about 20 to 30 minutes. If you have health insurance, please bring that information with you. If you do not have insurance, you can still get the vaccine; insurance is not required.

Teaching and Learning

New — Forum Podcast Ep. 64: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference Continued

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In this special bonus episode of The Forum Podcast, Megan Hughes Johnson (Interfaith Youth Core) and Jenan Mohajir (Interfaith Youth Core)  answer questions from listeners that attended May 6, 2021 Diversity Insights Presentation webinar Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference.

Forum Podcast – Ep. 63: Dismantling Systems of Oppression from the Inside Out

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Adrienne Kimball (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) and Karen Cohen (Rubicon Programs, Inc.) share Rubicon’s own journey to becoming a social justice organization as well as other helpful resources and insights for others to utilize.

Resources from “3 Days in May” 2021

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Thank you to everyone who showed up for this year’s “3 Days in May” sessions and a special thank you to everyone who helped to facilitate any of these sharing and learning opportunities.

The folder linked below contains available recordings and resources from the “3 Days in May” Sessions. These resources can only be viewed when logged in through Augsburg.

Resources from “3 Days in May” 2021

Fellowship Fridays are Back for Summer

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CTL is joining Bridget Robinson-Riegler, Psychology Professor and member of Faculty Senate, to bring you Fellowship Fridays support sessions. All faculty members and teaching staff are invited to gather and share their experiences with teaching, learning, and advising in this strange new world. – we’ll trade ideas, advice, highs, lows, successes, and failures – or maybe we’ll just plain old vent. Most importantly, we will attempt to inoculate ourselves against one of the more insidious side effects of this pandemic – isolation. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, or pour a glass of wine, and Zoom in to support your fellow instructors and work through this challenging time together.

Fridays | “Fellowship Fridays” | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, ZOOM

If you need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event, please contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Zoom Link (doc can only be viewed with an Augsburg login)

General Announcements

Study Indigenous Peoples Around the World at Model UN this Fall

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Apply now to take the fall semester Model United Nations course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the American ModelUnited Nations from November 20-23, 2021, held in Chicago, IL.

In this course, you will gain in-depth understanding of the United Nations and international diplomacy through the process of preparation for attending the conference in November. Students research a country and set of issues for the committee on which they will serve.

The fall 2021 Augsburg delegation will be representing the countries of Guatemala, Namibia and Sweden. In addition, a focus of the class will also be the study of indigenous peoples and their connection to theUnited Nations, with emphasis on Canadian First Nations.

The conference provides experiential learning that enables you to develop a better understanding of the inner workings of the UN, and a forum to hone skills in diplomacy, negotiation, critical thinking, compromise, public speaking, writing, and research. This opportunity is a great chance to put your learning into practice!

We will accept applications until September 1, 2021 or until the program fills.

Prerequisite: students must complete thePOL 160 course before Fall 2021, or have relevant equivalent academic experience.

For more information, contact Professor Liz Klages, who will be teaching the course and leading the delegation to Chicago.

Apply by Priority deadline of September1!

Office of Admissions Welcomes New Counselors

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is happy to announce we have hired two new admission counselors (one first year and one transfer) to join our team! We ask the campus community to help welcome Ramona Tran as our newest Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions (she joins the first year team along with Josh Owens, Nicole Borwege, and Shonna Fulford).

Ramona comes to us from The College of St. Scholastica where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior (’19) and her MBA in Leadership & Change (’21), and served as the Area Coordinator for Residence Life. Her experience in higher education, her energy, and her passion for working with first generation students will make her an asset to our team and to the larger Augsburg community! Ramona’s first day will be Monday, May 17th.

We also welcome Tim Lawson, the newest Assistant Director of Transfer Admissions (joining Katie Asfeld and Paul Kienberger). Tim is a proud two time Augsburg grad, first with his Bachelor’s in 2009 and then with his MBA in 2015. He lives in Minnetonka with his wife, two daughters, and Bernese Mountain dog. Tim says, “I wanted to take this opportunity to express how excited I am to be joining the team and the Augsburg community. I am looking forward to meeting you and learning from you all.” Tim’s first day will be Tuesday, June 1.

Commencement Assistance Needed

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As you can imagine implementing an event like commencement takes a village. I’m looking for Augsburg faculty and staff that would be interested in helping at the June 8 commencement ceremony.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
U.S. Bank Stadium

4:30 p.m. Graduate Doors Open

5:00 p.m. Guest Doors Open

6:00 p.m. Ceremony Begins

8:30 p.m. Ceremony Concludes

Positions Needed:

Ushers, Greeters & Wayfinding Guides:
Tuesday, June 8; 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (end time approximate)
Team Meeting; 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Greet graduates, faculty, family members, and guests of Commencement at U.S. Bank Stadium, assist families with finding a seating location and/or other facilities, hand out programs, wayfinding assistance, and/or other needs. The position is at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Accessible Seating Ushers, Greeters & Wayfinding Guides:
Tuesday, June 8; 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (end time approximate)
Team Meeting; 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Manage the accessible seating table and seating areas, assist guests with finding a seating location and/or other facilities, hand out programs, wayfinding assistance, and/or other needs. The position is at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Graduate Name Card and Seating Process:
Tuesday, June 8; 3:30pm-6:30 p.m.
Assist graduates with lining up, getting their name cards, and answering questions. The position is at U.S. Bank Stadium. Once the ceremony begins, team members will be able to find a seat in the audience, if desired.

If you are able to assist at commencement please email Sarah Cash-Darvell,, by Friday, May 21 with a role preference. Closer to the event additional details will be provided.

Thank you!

Graduated and Need Health Insurance?

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Graduate with Coverage. Congratulations, graduates!

Are you a recent college grad or will you be graduating soon? Congrats!

Don’t forget to look at your health insurance options so you are covered. If graduating means losing your health insurance, you may qualify for a special enrollment period.

You can stay on a parent’s plan if you are younger than 26, or you can enroll through MNsure on your own.

Free application help is available. Many young adults qualify for low-cost or no-cost options. Health Access MN ( is a great free resources to assist you in getting on the state insurance plans. Check out the link below from MNsure.

Apply to be a LEAD Fellow Today

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The LEAD (Leaders for Equity, Action & Democracy) Fellows Program focuses on student leadership development through off-campus, community-strengthening work in which they are working to address social issues such as education inequity, food insecurity, housing instability, etc. Students attend regular cohort meetings to reflect together on their work, cultivate critical analysis of the issues they’re working to address, and develop leadership skills.

In addition to being an active member of the leadership cohort, students will have access to paid internships both on and off campus in position that focus on social change work.

Apply here

Event Announcements

Next week, Mastering Cultural Differences: Strategies for Leading a Global Workforce

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When: May 27, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: Global Diversity
Presenter: Luiza Dreasher, Mastering Cultural Difference
Cost: Free

With the trend toward a more diverse workforce continuing, so are the ways we conduct business. In the past, most U.S. businesses functioned primarily within our borders. Today, globalization is proving to be a huge game changer for many companies, big and small. With globalization and increased immigration, the potential for misunderstandings in the workplace is really high. First, language differences may lead to miscommunication and misinterpretation. Second you fail to take into account significant cultural differences. For example, during a performance review, you provide constructive criticism to an employee with the intent of helping him improve his performance. Later on you learn that he quit his job because of the shame and loss of face your feedback caused. In this interactive Webinar, you will understand the impact of cultural differences in the workplace and learn strategies to bridge those differences effectively.

Learning Outcomes
Learn the importance of paying attention to cultural differences in the workplace
Recognize differences in communication styles
Apply strategies to communicate effectively with a global workforce

Keeping Track of Auggies

Congratulations to Seven Gilman Scholarship Winners

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We are pleased to announce SEVEN Auggies were selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the last round of applications to receive up to $5,000 toward a study abroad program! The applicant pool is highly competitive, but the hard work and determination of these students paved the way for their amazing accomplishment.  

Winners include:

Yordanos Adenew, a Marketing and Management double major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece this Fall 2021 

Ruti Mejia, an Interdisciplinary Studies and AIS double major who plans to complete Augsburg’s Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement program in Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador in Fall 2021 

Ingri Ramirez Martin a Sociology major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner at iCLA Yamanashi Gaukin University in Kofu, Japan in Spring 2022

Lexington Thibodeaux, a Communications major who plans to study at Augsburg’s exchange partner American College of Greece in Fall 2021

Since 2008, seventy-two Augsburg students have received Gilman scholarships, totaling $284,000. In addition, over the last 10 semesters, Augsburg’s Gilman win rate has averaged over 60% – of 38 completed applications in that time, we have had 23 winners! 

It takes a village to support students in their application process. Many thanks to Casey Jarvala, Catherine Maun and the whole financial aid team, staff in TRIO, MSS, Academic Advising, and URGO and, of course, faculty mentors/advisors. 

Congrats Yordi, Ingri, Ruti, Lexi — and all our winners this round!

Learn about the Gilman scholarship


Now Hiring: Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA Role at the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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Do you want to build your community engagement skills in a professional nonprofit setting? Apply to be our new Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA by June 15th!

About the MNUDL

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University, located in the heart of Minneapolis, Minnesota. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities-area middle and high school students. Our mission is to empower debaters to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active global citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

The Community Debate Liaison Role

Our VISTA role, beginning in August 2021, is designed to build capacity for our fast-growing Spanish Debate League and East African Debate programs. In these programs, education leaders in the Latine and East African communities took the historic debate model and adapted it to suit their community’s needs. The VISTA member will serve as a community liaison, promoting our programs more broadly throughout the Twin Cities area and establishing new relationships within universities, corporate affinity groups, area nonprofits, and more.

Note: Spanish or Somali speaking skills preferred, but not required.


AmeriCorps VISTAs receive training, a choice of an education award or end of service stipend, an education award upon successful completion of service, health coverage, relocation allowance, childcare assistance if eligible, living allowance, and a stipend. The Community Debate Liaison will be a member of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits VISTA cohort.

Questions about the role? Email Rebecca Froehlich at

Learn more about the role via CNCS:

Learn More and Apply by June 15th