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Forum Podcast Ep. 64: Religion in the Workplace: Interfaith Skills to Engage Difference Continued

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

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.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p64/

Dr. Michael Wentzel Receives Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Grant

submitted by mayper@augsburg.edu

Dr. Michael Wentzel (Chemistry) received a new grant award of nearly $15,000 from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Toxicity Reduction program. In the two-year project, green chemistry will be developed as a unifying theme throughout the chemistry curriculum at Augsburg University. Non-major courses will have a new introduction component to green chemistry emphasized in unique laboratory experiments. The chemistry major curriculum already has a large number of green chemistry principles woven in it, but this work will unify these into a clear message across multiple courses. Finally, a new course on green chemistry and toxicology will serve as a capstone on this theme. Dr. Wentzel will collaborate with multiple faculty in the Chemistry department, as well as undergraduate students, in order to carry out this impactful project.

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Forum Podcast Ep. 65: Developing Manager Inclusion Habits in the Virtual Workplace

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Kathy Kacher (Career/Life Alliance Services; The SMART Workplace), Latoya Burrell (Anderson Foundation), and Anu Mandapati (Talking Talent, Inc.) explore ways your organization can “up-skill” its managers to create excellent team cultures regardless of where managers and the team are working from.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p65/

General Announcements

Memorial Day – Timesheet and Payroll Deadlines

submitted by greathou@augsburg.edu

**Payroll Deadlines change due to Memorial Day holiday: Payroll and HR Closed Monday, May 31**

Routine Benefit or Payroll Forms Deadline: Thursday, May 27 at 12:00 pm
Due to the Memorial Day holiday, please submit any change forms to HR by noon Thursday, May 27. This includes routine HSA, retirement, direct deposit and tax withholding (W-4 form) changes. Email hr@augsburg.edu if you have questions or need help.

Timesheets
If you will not be working over the Memorial Day weekend or on the holiday, please submit your timesheet to your supervisor by 3:00 pm on Friday, May 28.

Secure Link to Human Resources & Payroll
To protect your information, forms containing sensitive data such as banking or social security numbers should not be emailed. For a secure delivery link go to https://augsburg.leapfile.net/ for submission. Please contact hr@augsburg.edu for questions.

Thank you so much!
Your HR & Payroll Team

Join Model UN in Chicago this Fall

submitted by leess8@augsburg.edu

Apply now to take the fall semester Model United Nations course, POL 368. Members of this class will participate in the American Model United 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 the United 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!

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Part-Time Opportunity: Somali Interpreter

submitted by crombie@augsburg.edu

Community Aid Network (CANMN) is a volunteer-led mutual aid site located in Minneapolis, MN. We work to build mutual aid bonds with our neighbors, organize volunteers and redistribute resources to ensure everyone has the means for dignified survival.

CANMN is looking for a Somali interpreter to provide assistance during community distribution days. Main duties would include taking food and supply orders and answering questions related to distribution. There is also a potential future need for written translation.

This is a part-time PAID position. Hours are flexible. Distribution days are Mondays and Wednesdays, 12 – 4pm, and are divided into two shifts each day (11:30am – 2pm and 2 – 4:30pm). Physical demands for this position include standing for sustained periods of time and some moderate lifting (i.e. helping to load food orders into vehicles).

CANMN operates out of the Children’s Theatre Company/Minneapolis Institute of Art at 2400 3rd Ave. in Minneapolis.

We follow all COVID-19 safety regulations, as defined by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If interested, please email Lara Crombie at crombie@augsburg.edu.
To learn more about CANMN, visit https://www.canmn.org/.

CANMN Website

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

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

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.

Benefits

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 froehlic@augsburg.edu.

Learn more about the role via CNCS: https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?fromSearch=true&id=104223

Learn more about AmeriCorps benefits and more frequently asked questions: http://www.mcnvista.org/faq

Learn more about the MNUDL: https://www.augsburg.edu/urbandebateleague/

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