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Forum Podcast: A Step-by-Step Guide to Developing and Implementing a Diversity and Inclusion Program

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Roselle Rogers (Circa) and Pamela Pujo (Affirmity) offer a practical and actionable guide to launching or refreshing your organization’s DEI program.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/p70/

General Announcements

Seeking Scientist Interested in Waterfowl/Birds for Collaboration

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

My name is Rebecca Froehlich and I am an Augsburg University staff member.

I’d like to an extend an invitation for collaboration for Art to Change the World’s Coaching Project for a Better World.

I am planning to submit as an Artist with an idea for doing Junior Duck Stamp coaching for students in the Twin Cities metro who don’t have the program at their own schools. (I was the Junior Duck Stamp South Dakota Best of Show Winner in 2012 and have a BFA in Painting- this program helped sparked my interest in conservation so I want to share it widely!)

For part of the application, I would like to have a Scientist coach co-sign who would be interested in helping teach the students directly about waterfowl in conjunction with the art instruction. If you’re interested, please contact me at froehlic@augsburg.edu.

All who are accepted with the grant will be paid ($1,200 stipend per coach, plus $3,000 for supplies).

The due date is August 15th.

Art to Change the World also welcomes your own ideas! I’ve been told that they are low on applications from Scientists, so anyone who works in the field would be welcome to apply! All involved will be paid (see more details below).

https://www.arttochangetheworld.org/coaching-project-for-a-better-world/

More info about Coaching Project for a Better World

PASU Board Application

submitted by lamahm@augsburg.edu

Welcome incoming first years and returning students! My name is Ilhan Ahmed and I’m the new president for the Pan-Afrikan Student Union. I believe I speak for everyone when I say the pandemic has robbed us of our college experiences and for some, it has taken much more than just an experience. PASU not only understands but is also prepared to assist our incoming first-year students and returning students in adjusting to this new life. With that being said, we’re looking for three passionate students who can help accomplish this goal. Event Coordinator, Treasurer, and First-Year Representative are the three positions available on the PASU board. Please fill out the PASU Board Application if you’re interested. Keep an eye out for upcoming events!

Apply using this google form

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!

High Holy Day Primer

submitted by dames@augsburg.edu

Created by Interfaith Fellow ’17-’19 Wendy Goldberg, to help Augsburg know about this big season for Jews in our community.
We are entering the Jewish High Holy Day season, which runs for the month of Tishrei this year from Monday evening, Sept. 6 – Sept. 29, including Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot.
For college students, being away from home for these holidays can highlight the homesickness and the yearning to be in the nest, and for some, quite the opposite. If you celebrate Christmas, imagine staying on campus while most students return home. If you celebrate Ramadan, this season is similar to that month of observance.
How to be an ally: We encourage you to have conversations with your Jewish students and colleagues about their observances. If you are aware that students or colleagues are Jewish, it would likely be welcomed to ask them how they observe the holidays and what they mean to them. You could also move important meetings or events away from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
2021 dates for these holidays:
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Sept. 6 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 8. Some American Jews celebrate for one day, others for two.​
Yom Kippur begins an hour before sundown on Sept. 15 and ends at nightfall on Sept. 16. After a 25-hour fast and being in synagogue services, the feast goes into the evening, like an Eid meal​. This is the holiest of holy days and for those observing, they would not do work for these 25 hours.
Sukkot begins at sundown on Mon, Sept. 20, and the first two days are ​considered ​holy ​days where some Jews don’t work, use electricity​, etc​. Sukkot ends at sundown on Sept. 28 for some, and Sept. 29 for others​.
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Wendy Goldberg: wengold66@gmail.com or 612-386-1191.​ ​To connect students with Jewish events or community contact Rivka Buchbinder buchbinr@augsburg.edu of Minnesota Hillel-Augsburg or University of Minnesota Hillel, 612-379-4026 hillel@umn.edu.

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Ending Soon: 2022 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Call For Proposals

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

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.

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/cfp/

Augsburg Local: Twin Cities Black Owned Restaurants Survey

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

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 20th, 2021 at 7:00 pm*

Fill out form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1LSCzPnImkD_aVVMtHS87pAOl15cP8Z6wESYM-NOrgJ8/viewform

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

If you have any questions, please contact Azania Tripp, Pan-Afrikan Center Director at tripp@augsburg.edu

Event Announcements

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

submitted by mitche13@augsburg.edu

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
Mask
Cell phone

*If you have any questions, please contact Azania Tripp, Pan-Afrikan Center Director at tripp@augsburg.edu

Hosting International Students: Need a Few More

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

A new semester is just around the corner, and luckily we are expecting NEW international students to join us this fall—representing countries like Malaysia, Nigeria, Italy, China, Norway and Bangladesh to name a few!

Our office, the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS), is looking for faculty and staff members who are interested in hosting our new international students for a dinner off-campus in your home.

Here are the details:
Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Time: Pick up at 5 p.m. with a return to campus around 7 p.m.

We ask that our hosts pick up students from campus and return them once dinner is completed. The new incoming group will consist of 20+ international students.

COVID status: ALL the new international students coming from abroad are required to follow the CDC and MDH guidelines, with a required 7-day quarantine (unvaccinated students), and COVID testing on day 3-5 upon arrival.
All students will show proof of a negative COVID test prior to traveling to the United States (tested 72 hours before departure), proof of recoveryTu and/or proof of vaccination.

Any students needing quarantine, will have ended this period on August 25th. And will have received their first dose of the vaccine. All other students are fully vaccinated.

Sign up to host dinner: International Students

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Today is the Day: Norway’s Liv Arnesen: Skiing into the Bright Open

submitted by hermansb@augsburg.edu

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 in the bone-chilling cold of Antarctica.

Arnesen will present her book “Skiing Into the Bright Open,” and the event will include a moderated discussion, including Q&A session, led by Global Minnesota President Mark Ritchie.

Augsburg University will have access to this discussion POST event. Any faculty/staff interested in sharing this story with their students for academic purposes, should connect with Bettine Hoff Hermanson (hermansb@augsburg.edu).

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

Reserve Your Tickets

Next Week: Forum Webinar, Using Innovative Simulation Strategies to Dismantle Systemic Racism

submitted by gocmen@augsburg.edu

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: https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/using-innovative-simulation-strategies-to-dismantle-systemic-racism/

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

https://forumworkplaceinclusion.org/webinars/using-innovative-simulation-strategies-to-dismantle-systemic-racism/

Open Presentation for American Indian Student Services Director

submitted by mouak1@augsburg.edu

On Friday, August 13, we will be inviting an American Indian Student Services Director Candidate to do an open presentation. Multicultural and LGBTQIA+ Student Services would like to invite Augsburg University students and staff to join the virtual open presentation.

We value your thoughts and opinion and would like you to join during their presentation time. If you are interested in adding this event to your calendar contact Keo at mouak1@augsburg.edu so she can invite you to the open presentation.

**AISS Candidate 1 – Open Presentation**
When: August 13, 2021
Where: Zoom
Time: 9:55am – 10:55am
Contact: Keo at mouak1@augsburg.edu

 

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We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator at MNUDL, a Program of Augsburg University

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Operations Coordinator plays an essential role in implementing the administrative and operation systems for the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a nonprofit program of Augsburg University.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

Implementing and Overseeing Programming Operations

Contracts and Risk Management

Finance

Camp administrative support

Administrative and Fundraising Support (see more details in listing).

WORK ENVIRONMENT AND PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The work environment will be primarily in the office at Augsburg University; we are open to a mix of in-person and remote.
There will be times where “all hands on deck” are required for fundraising or special events.
Physical demands include primarily working in an office setting – i.e. at the computer, filing, putting together mailings etc., but may occasionally include carrying supplies (paper, printers, computer, t-shirts, food etc.).
Regular computer keyboard, mouse and monitor use.
Sitting for long periods of time.
Repetitive arm, hand, finger motions.
Frequent talking/communication by phone and in person.

Requirements:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum of associates degree; B.A. preferred.
3+ years work experience.
At least one (1) year of relevant experience.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment required.
Ability to be attentive to details, be accurate, be precise.
Ability to provide great customer service skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team environment; and work independently with little supervision.
Ability to reason/analyze and demonstrate patience, understanding.
Ability to show initiative; organize workflow; manage one or more projects; and handle frequent interruptions.

Application Instructions:

Applicants MUST submit the following documents:

Resume
Cover Letter
Professional references will be requested at a later date.

Learn More and Apply

Now Hiring: Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA Role for MNUDL

submitted by froehlic@augsburg.edu

Interested in growing your skills in the nonprofit field? Are you passionate about empowering diverse youth and closing the academic opportunity gap? Apply to be our new Community Debate Liaison AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow!

The Community Debate Liaison Role

Our VISTA role 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. These programs have proven popular and successful, and demand is growing quickly. To increase our capacity for meeting these programs’ needs, we must establish more community relationships to increase the qualified judging pool and promote community awareness. 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

Please note: this role is likely to be in-person for the majority of the year.

Learn More and Apply