Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Walk-ups Welcome for Free Single Dose Vaccine at State Fairgrounds

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You can walk up or make an appointment for the single dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine at the State Fairgrounds through June 8. The site is open noon to 8 p.m. daily. No insurance or ID is needed. If you sign up, a free Metro Transit pass for the day of your appointment is provided in your confirmation text message and email.

Walk Up Vaccine or Make an Appointment

Teaching and Learning

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

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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.

Forum Podcast Ep. 64: Religion in the Workplace: 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.

General Announcements

11 More Staff/Faculty Needed for Commencement

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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.

If you are able to assist at commencement please email Sarah Cash-Darvell,, by Friday, June 4 with a role preference. Closer to the event additional details will be provided.

Thank you!

Event Announcements

Get Your Ticket Now. MNUDL Criminal Justice Reform CLE Event with Keith Ellison This Thursday

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Join Minnesota legal experts, policymakers, and urban debaters to discuss Criminal Justice Reform now for Elimination of Bias credit.

About this event

Criminal justice reform became a more prevalent, more urgent issue than ever in the past year. Join our prestigious panel of experts as they discuss the opportunities and challenges facing us now. Minnesota Urban Debate League students, who have spent the year debating the topic of criminal justice reform, will join our panel for commentary. This event will be held virtually.


MN State Attorney General Keith Ellison

Ramsey County Commissioner, Chair, Toni Carter

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi

MN Court of Appeals Judge Jeff Bryan

Minnesota Urban Debate League Students

Cost: $40 for attorneys seeking CLE Credit; free for all others. We also welcome your free-will donation to our debate programs!

(1.25 Elimination of Bias CLE credits approved, event code 361642)

All funds will support The Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University which provides academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students.

Get Your Ticket Now

Forum Webinar, A Psychologically Safe Workplace is the New Normal

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When: June 17, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm central
Presenters: Jesse Bridges, EVERFI  |  Erin McClintock, EVERFI

Register at,

2020 brought with it an international a pandemic, a financial crisis, a polarizing presidential election, and an acute and overdue focus on racial and structural inequities. The effects still ripple in 2021, with one being a renewed energy and focus to create safe and healthy work environments, for all. This requires not only enduring conversations about workplace equity, but also “lifting up the hood” and exploring where employees’ ability to flourish, connect and contribute without fear of retribution may be hindered. In this podcast, speakers will discuss the connections between psychological safety, well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Learning Outcomes
Identify actionable strategies for promoting psychological safety in the workplace
Apply the eight (8) dimensions of wellness in the workplace
Use an organizational diagnostic to assess equitable wellness

2021 Vocation of Lutheran Higher Education Conference

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Called to Place: Community Responsive Education
A virtual conference hosted by Augsburg University
July 12 – 15, 2021

The 2021 Vocation of Lutheran Higher Education Conference (formerly, the Vocation of a Lutheran College Conference) for the Network of ELCA Colleges and Universities will convene daily, July 12 – 15, 2021, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern Time, except the session on July 13th, which will meet 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern Time.

The theme of the 2021 conference is “Called to Place: Community Responsive Education.” Participants will consider how local landscapes, neighborhoods, events, and people influence the missions, identities, and institutional vocations of our colleges and universities, along with our individual callings related to antiracism in our particular communities.

For more information on each of the sessions and speakers, please see the conference program

Registration requires two steps. The first step is registering to receive the two Zoom links that will give you access to the conference. These links are included in the registration form. The second step is to complete daily session registration information below on this form. Both steps are necessary for registration. There is no registration fee for the 2021 conference.

Conference participants are strongly encouraged to attend all four sessions of the conference.

Note: Those who need any disability-related accommodation to fully participate in this event are encouraged to contact University Events at or 612-330-1104. Remember to have the name, date, and time of the event with you when contacting their office. Please allow for sufficient time to arrange the accommodation.

Contact Janice Dames at for more information about registration.

The Vocation of a Lutheran Higher Education Conference is supported by the Network of ECLA Colleges and Universities.

Register for the Conference

Sharon Wade Virtual Retirement Gathering – Friday, June 4

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Sharon Wade’s retirement celebration is Friday, June 4 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm via zoom.
Please join the nursing department to wish Sharon the best in her retirement.

Sharon began her career at Augsburg twenty years ago. She started out working as an administrative assistant for both the English Department and the Nursing Department. When the nursing department expanded their programs, Sharon became the nursing program coordinator. She has assisted thousands of students with registering, has answered a zillion student questions, and provided incredible support to the nursing faculty.

Hope you can zoom in (even if for a minute) to share your memories, stories and provide good wishes for Sharon in her retirement. Her last day is June 4.

Dr. Annie Heiderscheit on MPR News with Angela Davis

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Annie Heiderscheit, Ph.D., MT-BC, LMFT, Director of Music Therapy will be a guest on MPR News with Angela Davis on June 2 at 11 am. The topic of the show is the impact of the pandemic on our physical health. Dr. Heidersheit will talk about how music can help to manage stress, anxiety, and pain and improve mood.

Vote on Outdoor Movie Night

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The Alumni Office is looking for input on an idea for an on-campus event this summer. Would you attend an outdoor movie night? We could show movies on big screens on the lawn south of the Hagfors Center. Attendees would be invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets to sit on, and their own snacks. It would be a smoke and alcohol-free event.

With this survey we are testing the overall level of interest in this idea. And we are looking for input on what movie pairings might be most popular. Let us know! Thank you for your help.

If you have additional thoughts or questions, please email Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Relations Heather Riddle at

Vote on Your Favortie Double Feature Here

Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg Undergrad Shelley Pacheco – Spanish Debate Coach Spotlight

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Shelley Pacheco is a Political Science and Sociology double-major at Augsburg University, She stepped up to help coach the Spanish Debate League at Southwest High School on behalf of the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University.

“One of my main takeaways from doing debate is about leadership. I was always the shy girl who didn’t really speak up, especially about social issues, but debate has really helped me to improve my public speaking skills and also to be able to stand up for myself in my community,” Shelley tells us.

Find her full debate story at the MNUDL blog below:

Learn More at Our Blog


Part-Time Paid Opportunity: Somali Interpreter

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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 to start immediately and run through the end of August (with the potential for future work). 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
To learn more about CANMN, visit

CANMN Website

Apply for the new Community Debate Liaison – AmeriCorps VISTA Role by June 15

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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 about AmeriCorps benefits and more frequently asked questions:

Learn more about the MNUDL:

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