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Paid Summer Program to Study Public Policy

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Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Junior Summer Institute is an intensive seven-week summer program that focuses on preparing students for careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service. The program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions, and international organizations. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field.

Selected participants spend the summer at one of six participating universities (University of Minnesota, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Princeton, University of Washington or University of Michigan) where they take courses, learn from top leaders in the field and build their professional skills. Students must have junior or senior status and be planning to graduate between December 2022 and August 2023. To be competitive for this opportunity, students should have a 3.5 GPA or above. There is no cost to attend and participants receive a stipend.

Contact URGO at and reference your interest in PPIA before October 1 to set up a meeting to learn more

Eligibility and Benefits

Summer Language Study with Critical Language Scholarship

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The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded eight to ten week language and cultural immersion program abroad in which students receive eight credits of intensive language instruction in less-commonly taught languages, as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS is part of a US State Department initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages critical to national security and economic prosperity. There are fifteen languages that applicants can select from.

The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, and from a wide range of fields of study and career paths. Competitive applicants will need to be able to illustrate a commitment to language learning, a very strong academic record and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic setting, and ability to adapt to an intensive program and challenging cultural environment. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.

Languages with no previous study required:

Languages with one year prior study required:

Languages with two years prior study required:

The URGO office provides advising and application support for CLS. Please contact (reference CLS) to set up an appointment before October 8th.

CLS Website

General Announcements

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

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It’s not too early to plan for summer. Short-term study abroad away programs programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, and have a unique, off-campus experience at the same time. Summer 2022 has several opportunities, each with different course options and locations, and only travels about 2-3 weeks. Check them out!

**Community, Arts, and Culture in PUERTO RICO, USA

**Economic Crisis, Small Business, and Ethics in GREECE

**Innovation & Design in the NETHERLANDS: Past & Present

**Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA

Applications for these programs are due January 31 — use the link below!

Got questions? Get in touch:, or stop by Oyate Commons, in the lower level of Christensen Center

Get all the details and apply online at the Center for Global Education & Experience website.

Volunteer Virtually or In Person with the Minnesota Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities Metro. Our season begins very soon.

This fall, the Minnesota Urban Debate League has virtual and in-person debate judging options! See our full tournament schedule and sign up today:

Fall Tournament Dates:

9/25: MDTA Jamboree (Virtual)
10/2: Lakeville (Virtual)
10/8: UMN (Virtual) & 10/9: (In Person, UMN Campus)
10/16: Northside Invitational (In Person)
10/29: Roseville (Virtual) & 10/30 (In Person, Roseville)
11/5: Farmington (Virtual) & 11/6 (In Person, Farmington)
11/12: Highland Park (Virtual) & 11/13 (In Person, Highland Park)
11/20: UMBrooks (In Person, UMN Campus)
12/11: MNUDL Championships (Virtual) & 12/12 (In Person)

Debate judges listen to students, share feedback, and choose the winner. No experience is needed – we train judges at every tournament. The topic this year is water resources.

Sign up to judge today!

Plus, if you’re interested in learning more about our special paid judging opportunities for experienced policy debaters, contact Jake Swede at

Learn More & Sign Up

Campus Cupboard Fall Shopping Hours

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Starting Tuesday 9/21, Campus Cupboard will resume in-person shopping hours: Mondays: 1-4pm and 5-7pm, Tuesdays: 9:30am-12pm, Wednesdays: 2-5pm, Thursdays: 10am-1:30pm. If you can’t make it to campus for in-person shopping, email to sign up for an off-campus grocery delivery. Campus Cupboard is a free groceries resource available to all Augsburg students.

Back To School, Keep Your Cool With TutorMe

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Students – don’t forget about TutorMe! It is available to Augsburg students 24/7 and offers tutoring in over 300 subjects from qualified tutors. Students are able to use 3 hours a week; 3 one hour sessions or 6 thirty-minute sessions. You can access TutorMe through any of your Moodle classes. At the top left of your screen there is an orange tab to see the side panel of resources. As you scroll down, you will see the “Augsburg Tools” section and underneath is the link to TutorMe. For more information on other tutoring and academic skills options, please click “Tutoring & Academic Skills Information”.

Academic Skills & Tutoring Information

Join the Echo, Our Student Newspaper (Paid Positions)

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The Echo, Augsburg’s student-run newspaper, is looking for creative, outspoken, and passionate individuals to join our staff!*

The editor of our “Opinions” section is responsible for curating, editing and writing articles centered on Augsburg student and community opinions and stories. Some examples of Opinions content topics include political comics, critiques of Augsburg administration and leadership, experiences of marginalized identities, political views and more. Section editors are compensated $60 per issue, totaling $1200 for the whole year, and work approximately six hours total each week.

Other open positions include Managing Editor ($80/issue) and Outreach Coordinator ($60/issue)! These positions both work with our Executive Editor, Copy Editor, and Online Publishing Coordinator to keep the Echo running! Managing Editor is tasked with tracking our budget and assisting in final edits for the issue, while Outreach Coordinator helps promote our available articles, weekly meetings, and plan collaborations with other orgs!

*Pro tip: you do not need to be an expert in writing or editing to do well as an Echo editor. The Echo provides ample training and a welcoming team of support. If you’re interested, go for it!*

Please reach out to us at if you have any questions about how to get involved. To apply, send us a cover letter and resume!

Event Announcements

Auggie Connect for Students with Disabilities TODAY

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Join us today for the first Auggie Connect meeting of the semester! Auggie Connect is open to Augsburg students with disabilities and is a space to gather, support one another and find community. Join CLASS staff Cassie Charles and your fellow Auggie students on Mondays from 3:30-4:30 PM beginning today, September 20. Meeting topics may include assistive technology, communicating effectively with instructors, managing stress and other topics of interest to you. Join us in person (OGC 100) or via Zoom. Contact for disability-related accommodations.

Zoom Meeting ID: 930 1256 1020
Passcode: 787265

Join Auggie Connect Zoom Meeting Today – 3:30 PM

Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium, Oct. 5

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The Bernhard M. Christensen Symposium
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Foss Center, Hoversten Chapel

All Things Are New: The Language of Our Life in the Face of Empire

Brian Bantum, PhD
Neil F. And Ila A. Fisher Professor of Theology
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary

It’s difficult to remember a time when there was order and expectation. Uncertainty and chaos feel like the norm. Problems seem too big to overcome, and words are too weak to point a way forward. How do we speak of God? How do we live in the face of chaos? As we begin a new season, let us reflect on a God who creates in the chaos and becomes flesh in the face of empire.

Brian Bantum, PhD, writes, speaks, and teaches on identity, racial imagination, creating spaces of justice, and the intersection of theology and embodiment for audiences around the United States. He is a contributing editor of The Christian Century and is the author of “Redeeming Mulatto: A Theology of Race and Christian Hybridity,” “The Death of Race: Building a New Christianity in a Racial World,” and “Choosing Us: Marriage and Mutual Flourishing in a World of Difference,” which he co-authored with his spouse, Gail Song Bantum.

About the Christensen Symposium

The Christensen Symposium provides the opportunity to explore and apply the lessons rooted in former Augsburg President Bernhard M. Christensen’s legacy:
• Christian faith liberates minds and lives.
• Diversity strengthens vital communities.
• Interfaith friendships enrich learning.
• The love of Christ draws us to God.
• We are called to service in the world.

A Livestream link will also be available and posted on the website in advance of the event.

Forum Webinar Identifying and Eliminating Systemic Barriers to Employment for Immigrants and Refugees

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When: October 21, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Level: Introductory
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Lynn Thompson, Hospitality Career Pathway  |  Scarlett Xiong, Hospitality Career Pathway
Cost: Free

Register at,

Participants will be able to identify the unique barriers that immigrants and refugees face in employment. Learn creative and innovative ways the International Institute has found to address these barriers and help immigrants and refugees overcome them. Hear from employer partners who have benefited from trained employees as well as get a glimpse at the curriculum and employment navigation tools utilized in helping immigrants and refugees overcome barriers in order to achieve their dreams and goals. Finally, participants will be introduced to program participants who have benefited from the Hospitality Career Pathway.

Learning Outcomes
Identify barriers to employment for Immigrants and Refugees
Recognize the importance of employer partnerships in employment navigation
Understand the importance of a holistic approach to employment navigation

Register for the Fall Recruiting Fair Taking Place this Week

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Are you seeking an internship or full-time career in a business related field? Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are invited to attend the hybrid Minnesota Private Colleges Fall Recruiting Fair.

In-Person – Tuesday, September 21st
Virtual Fair – Thursday, September 23rd
HOP ON OUR FREE shuttle from Augsburg to the Minneapolis Convention Center!

Attend a 20 – Minute PREP SESSION in the Strommen Center, Suite 100 , Christensen Center
Monday, September 20th 10:40 am in Suite 100, Christensen Center

Why Should You Attend?
By attending the Fair, you will have the opportunity to network with 30+ Minnesota, regional, and national companies. These employers are recruiting NOW for summer 2022 internships and full-time careers spring 2022. No FEE to attend either fair.

Employers will be hiring in all areas of business, including; consulting, banking, finance, actuarial science, stats/data science, technology, business analysis, management and leadership training/development, and project management.

See Registered Employers for In-Person Fair–

Register and Learn More


Interfaith Ally Workshop

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The Interfaith Ally Workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn about a wide range of faiths and ethical traditions including Native Spirituality, Judaism, Islam, Hybrid, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Atheism. Participants will hear the stories of community members from a variety of traditions and have the opportunity to learn through case studies. This workshop qualifies as an equity/inclusion event to help maintain good standing in the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program. The Interfaith Ally Workshop is a program of Interfaith at Augsburg and Campus Ministry.

For more information about this workshop, contact Fardosa Hassan at

The Interfaith Ally Training will be offered twice in Fall 2021, once online and once in person.

To register for this workshop, click here.

Tuesday, October 19 at 1:50 – 3:30 pm
Via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 929 1627 6471
Passcode: 529699

Thursday, November 11 at 1:50- 3:30 pm in person
Marshall Room, Christensen Center

Interfaith at Augsburg

Tour Kennedy/Si Melby with the Staff Senate on October 6

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Curious about Augsburg’s athletic facilities and how you can use them? Never been able to find the locker room in Kennedy Center? Excited to see the new sports medicine space? On October 6, the Staff Senate invites you on a tour of Athletics buildings. Meet Jackie Voigt, the assistant women’s basketball coach, and other members of the staff senate at 1:00 pm in the lobby of Kennedy for a half-hour tour of the athletic facilities.

2021-22 Staff Senate Members

Joel Enriquez Blas, Registrar’s Office
Christopher Bogen, Institutional Advancement
Janice Dames, Campus Ministry – Co-chair
Deanna Davis, Professional Studies – Co-chair
Kate Gray, Strommen Center
Jackie Voigt, Athletics

Staff Senate Website

Fall Kick Off at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday

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Don’t forget – the Fall Kick Off for the Religion and Philosophy Department is Tuesday, September 21st at 4:30pm in the Hagfors Religion Suite. Come and learn more about the search for meaning courses that all Auggies take, find out which classes you should take next, talk to students, professors, and friends.

Just as a reminder, masks will be required at all times when inside the Hagfors Center and participants must remain at a 6ft distance when eating. Also, please make sure to utilize the CampusClear app so we can assure the health and safety for all students, staff, and faculty. Thank you. See you Tuesday!

RSVP Here – All are welcome.

Japan Study Abroad Info Session TOMORROW

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Are you interested in studying abroad in Japan? iCLA International College of Liberal Arts is an English-speaking college in Kofu, Japan that offers spring and fall semester study abroad opportunities.

All Augsburg students are welcome to attend an online Zoom info session tomorrow at 7pm . Kazuha Aoki, from the iCLA Study Abroad Office, will tell us about classes, housing, cultural opportunities, and more. There will also be time for Q&A.
iCLA offers courses in Business, Graphic Design, Political Science, Japanese Studies and Arts, Performing Arts, Sociology, Psychology, and more.

>>> iCLA Exchange in Japan Info Session <<< Tuesday, September 21 7pm on Zoom: Join Zoom Meeting ID: 91623320455 Passcode: 2KqXIhg1 Join zoom by phone: ‪(US) +1 669-900-6833‬ Passcode: 03875152 All students welcome! Learn more about iCLA and study abroad

Mental Health Matters Welcome Back Event

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Please join Mental Health Matters September 27th at 6 p.m. in Murphy Square for our welcome event! We will have coloring, candy, and stress reliever items. Connect with others who care about mental health! We will have resources available and look forward to seeing you. Masks are encouraged. If you have any questions please contact

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Personal Care Assistant 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 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! Receive a 500 bonus if you work until the end of the semester.

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!

Now Hiring: Meaningful and Fun Paid Student Positions with the MN Urban Debate League

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The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic competitive debate programming to Twin Cities middle and high school students.

We’re hiring for multiple student worker positions. If you’re an Augsburg student, please check out these positions and apply:

Nonprofit Communications Intern:

Quartermaster/Supply Assistant:

Seeking Experienced Debaters: Be a Community Coach with the MNUDL

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Have Debate Experience? Become a Paid Coach or Judge for the MN Urban Debate League.

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is a program of Augsburg University. We provide academic debate programming to middle and high school students in the Twin Cities. Our mission is to empower students to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

We are looking for community coaches for the 2020-21 season. Community coaches are experienced debaters who want to share their expertise with students and collaborate with teacher coaches at our area schools. Applicants who competed in Policy/Cross-Examination, Classic, Parliamentary, Lincoln Douglas, or Public Forum debate as high schoolers/college students would be highly preferred.

We pay our coaches $2,250 for the September-December season and we pay judges $55 a day to judge.

Contact Jake Swede at if you fit the description and are interested!