Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Indoor Mask Mandate in Effect at Augsburg

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All students, staff, and faculty are required to wear face coverings in indoor campus spaces, except when eating in dining areas or when in one’s own residential unit or individual office with the door closed.. This applies to all U.S. Augsburg locations. (International Augsburg locations are following local protocols.) Masks or face coverings are not required outdoors.

Over the weekend of July 31-August 1, the regional case rates in both Hennepin and Ramsey counties moved to a “substantial” transmission rate (between 50 and 99.99 cases per 100,000 population over 7 days, as defined by the CDC). As a result, Augsburg reinstated the indoor face covering requirement, effective Tuesday, August 3.

Indoor Mask Requirement Reinstated – Email from COO

Augsburg Mandates COVID-19 Vaccines for Students, Faculty, and Staff

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Augsburg is implementing a COVID-19 vaccine requirement for students, faculty, and staff for fall semester. Documented medical and non-medical exemptions will apply.

Learn more in this email from Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow:

Email from Paul Pribbenow to faculty and staff.

Email from Paul Pribbenow to students.

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Deadline Extended: Community Debate Liaison Role at MNUDL

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The MN Urban Debate League is hiring for a Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow position!

Gain nonprofit work experience, an education award, and professional development from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits while working on Augsburg University’s campus in Minneapolis. You’ll help grow the profile and capacity of our fast-growing Spanish Debate, East African Debate, and Financial Literacy Debate programs while earning these benefits:

– Bi-weekly living allowance
– A Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
– Student loan forbearance during the year of service
– Healthcare Allowance
– Child care benefits
– Ability to work 20 hours/week in outside employment
– Professional development from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Spanish or Somali fluency preferred but not required.

Feel free to reach out to Rebecca Froehlich at for more information and apply via LinkedIn!

Apply Now

Are You a Scientist? Artist? Youth 18+? Be Part of the Coaching Project for a Better World

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Do You Have an Idea for Social Change?
Apply for the Coaching Project for a Better World
Art to Change the World is a Twin Cities-based nonprofit aiming to use art for social change. They developed the Coaching Project for a Better World to empower Minnesota’s diverse and divergent young thinkers and leaders. The nexus of art and science is where the power for change incubates.

The Opportunity
Three Youth Candidates are assigned one artist and one scientist coach. The three work symbiotically to develop and implement a social justice project which will engage the participation of from 50-100 community members. Three teams. All are paid. $1,200.00 per participant. $3,000.00 per team for project supplies. Must be a Minnesota resident and over 18 to apply.Click here for info and to apply by August 15th:

Apply for One of These Three Roles
1. Youth Candidate that will become the “Project Manager” – This person, who is under 30, will have a general idea of a social practice art project that will actively engage 50 to 100 community members. This idea will be centered around a social justice issue of their choosing.

2. Artist “Coach”- a professional artist that has a history of being engaged in social practice art and wants to both share their knowledge and learn from others in this project. This artist can be from the field of visual, dance, music, writing, audio, etc.

3. Scientist “Coach”- a professional in a scientific field that is interested in both sharing their knowledge and learning from others in the project. We are looking for a wide range of scientists: environmentalists, health- mental and physical, sociologists, chemists, technologists, computer, botanists, etc.

Before applying, check out What an Active Social Justice Project looks like.

Questions? Email

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Join Model UN in Chicago 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 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 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!

Personal Care Assistants Needed

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Hi! My name is Bella and I am a second year student here at Augsburg studying graphic design. I am currently trying to find personal care assistants to help me in my day to day life here on campus. This would include getting me ready for the day, helping me get set up for class and assisting me around campus. I am currently looking for people who would want to work some hours during this summer and the Fall semester! If you are a pre-med or nursing student, this is a great opportunity to get experience with patient care. Plus, you get to be paid to have fun!

I really enjoy getting coffee, watching Netflix, drawing, and painting. I consider all my assistants as my friends and if you work for me, you are guaranteed a good time! If you are interested, please text me at: 612-345-2855 or email me at Hope you will join!

One Week Left: 2022 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Call For Proposals

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® is excited to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for our 2022 program year (including our 34th annual conference) — Solving for X: Tackling Inequity in a World of Unknowns.

Addressing complex challenges can be daunting, especially when the foundations of our structures are shifting. As we look to a future of continuous and unforeseeable change, what must we do to tackle systemic inequities deeply embedded in our everyday environments and unharness inclusive, equitable, and sustainable ways of working? 

We invite you to submit a proposal to be a part of the upcoming program year to help us all Solve for X.

The submission deadline is Monday, August 16, 2021 11:59 pm central.

Augsburg Local: Twin Cities Black Owned Restaurants Survey

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Thank you Auggie students, faculty, and staff for taking the time to fill out this four-question survey.

Together, the Pan-Afrikan Center, Environmental Action Committee, and SABO Center are working together to spread awareness and engagement to local Twin Cities Black owned businesses. We would like your opinion on your favorite black own restaurant near the Augsburg Community.

* Complete the form by August 15th, 2021 at 7:00 pm*

Fill out form here:

Thank you Auggies!
Pan-Afrikan Center/ PAC Fellow- Tesha Mitchell

If you have any questions, please contact Azania Tripp, Pan-Afrikan Center Director at

Drawing for Prizes Worth up to $500 for Vaccinated Students by August 31

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All students vaccinated by August 31 are eligible to enter a drawing for a series of prizes that include either a $200 VISA gift card, a parking pass for the 2021-22 academic year (surface lot and street parking only) or $500 discounts on Augsburg dining and bookstore purchases.

To enter the drawing, you must have received either two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine before 11:59 p.m. on August 31. By entering this raffle, you give Augsburg University permission to confirm your vaccination status with the Minnesota Department of Health or to contact you to upload an image of your vaccination card to validate your vaccination status.

This fall, vaccinated students will no longer be required to quarantine (if no symptoms) if exposed to someone with COVID-19. Learn more about the vaccines here:

As a reminder, the Augsburg University Helpline is available to answer questions from students, faculty, and staff. Email or call 612-474-3100.

Prize Details:

Two winners will receive $500 in Augsburg dining services flex points OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Two winners will receive an Augsburg commuter or resident student parking permit for the academic year OR a $200 VISA card.

Two winners will receive a $500 discount at the bookstore OR a $200 VISA gift card.

Enter the raffle here.

Event Announcements

Norway’s Liv Arnesen: Skiing into the Bright Open

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Join a free virtual AND/OR an in-person discussion with 2020 Going Viking Honoree Liv Arnesen, an event presented by Norway House (and supported by Augsburg University and Global Minnesota). Arnesen’s book tells a story of gritty determination, thrilling achievement, and perseverance in the face of near despair and daunting odds.

Arnesen will present her new book “Skiing Into the Bright Open,” detailing her solo journey to the South Pole; a solitary adventure in the bleak and beautiful bone-chilling cold of Antarctica. A moderated discussion, including Q&A session, will be led by Global Minnesota President Mark Ritchie,

Augsburg University will have access to this discussion POST event. Any professors interested in sharing this story with their students for academic purposes, should connect with Bettine Hoff Hermanson (

Event Details:
Mode: Virtual and In Person (your pick)
Date: Thursday, August 12
Time: 6 p.m.
Cost: FREE

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Forum Webinar, Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism

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When: August 19, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Presenters: Samreen Vora, Children’s Minnesota  |  Brittany Dahlen, Children’s Minnesota
Cost: Free

Register at:

Many organizations are flocking to implement implicit bias training and other activities to bring to light the structural racism present in our organizations. Although implicit bias training is the first step in creating awareness, it is important to get to the next step of behavior change. Implementation of bias mitigation strategies can be challenging to achieve. Simulation-Based Training (SBT) can be the bridge between creating awareness and moving to action.
This session will delve into SBT and opportunities for partnering with equity and inclusion training to promote health equity. The webinar will discuss how deliberate practice of both recognition of bias and implementation of strategies to mitigate bias can be integrated into implicit bias training. Real examples of the partnership between SBT and equity and inclusion training will be provided and participants will have an opportunity to begin developing facilitation skills for leading SBT deliberate practice conversations

Learning Outcomes
Describe the simulation strategies applicable to promoting health equity
Integrate implicit bias mitigation strategies into simulations
Apply equity and inclusion facilitation skills to simulation facilitation

First Years Only: Twin Cities Local Black Owned Businesses Scavenger Hunt Game

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Hey first years!

The Pan-Afrikan Center, Environmental Action Committee and SABO Center partner together to create a scavenger hunt game that focuses on local black owned businesses in the Twin Cities.

When: August 30th, 2021
Where: Murphy Square
Time: 2:00pm to 4:00pm

If you like to participate please bring the following items:
Comfortable shoes
Water bottle
Auggie Pass
Cell phone

*If you have any questions, please contact Azania Tripp, Pan-Afrikan Center Director at

Wednesday Town Hall for Augsburg Staff: COVID-19 Vaccination

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Town Hall for Augsburg Staff: COVID-19 Vaccination
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 10 a.m.

Please join us via Zoom for a webinar town hall regarding COVID-19 vaccination at Augsburg and a Q&A about Augsburg’s implementation of the COVID-19 vaccine requirement for staff in preparation for the fall semester. Dawn Miller, Rebecca John, Alicia Quella and Leif Anderson will participate in the panel.

Click here to register

Keeping Track of Auggies

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