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A Liberated Love Note – For Black Folks in DEI When “Doin’ The Work” No Longer Feels Like Enough

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Brittany J. Harris (also known as Brittany Janay) shares a thoughtful note of affirmation and loving accountability to Black folks working in DEI. The toll of working in DEI while Black is well documented and there are not many spaces that center the healing and nurturing that this toll calls for—particularly as Black practitioners work to dismantle the very same systems they too are impacted by.

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 Requirements

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

Moodle Gradebook Checkups and Drop-in Help

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The E-Learning Team is here to help you ensure your Moodle Gradebook is accurate in preparation for required Week 6 Advisory Grades reporting. Please feel free to email the E-Learning Specialist (Bonnie Tensen, or your LFC for help OR Zoom drop-in for gradebook help next Tuesday (3:00-4:00 on 9/28) or Wednesday (11:30-1:00, 9/29).

Drop-in Gradebook Help

Save the Dates: New and Early Career Faculty

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Thanks everyone who replied to our survey. We have scheduled two gatherings based on people’s availability and interests.

*Thursday, October 7th at 8:30 AM meet up for coffee at Einstein Bro Bagels in the Christiansen Center.

*Tuesday, October 19th at 12 noon in the Quad to eat BYO lunch together.

We will have a back- up inside space reserved if the weather is not favorable to eating outside. We hope to see you there! -Trisha Hopkins-Smith and Katie Martin

“Benign by Design: Green and Sustainable Organic Chemistry”

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Please join Dr. MIchael Wentzel (CHM), recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Contribution in Scholarship, who will present an overview of his research at Augsburg. This event will take place in the Marshall Room (Christensen Center) on Wednesday, September 29th from 3:30-4:30pm. This session is open to all Augsburg faculty, staff, and students.

CTL’s Guide for Adapting to Increases in Student Absences due to COVID-19

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In this time of COVID-19, there will likely be more student absences due to mandated quarantining and/or a positive COVID-19 test, even though a student feels well enough to continue in the class. Although the “best” way to address this situation depends upon the course structure, learning outcomes, and pedagogies used, CTL has put together some (mostly) universal “Do’s” and “Don’ts” that can maintain student learning and minimize any additional work (and stress!) for faculty. Please see the Guidelines linked below. And please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of the CTL Fellows for a personal consultation! If they can’t help you create a possible solution, they can refer you to somebody who can.

CTL Guidelines during COVID

General Announcements

Short-term Abroad and Away in Summer 2022

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Short-term study abroad & away programs in summer are a great way to earn credits, get off-campus, and do something a little different! Summer 2022 has several short program options, each with different course choices, and you only commit to 2-3 weeks of travel. All programs fulfil the Augsburg Experience requirement. Check them out!

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

One course opton: THR 295 – Art for Social Change, fulfills a Fine Arts requirement

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

Choose one course: Business, Economics, and Ethics in the Greek context: BUS 495, ECO 495, or Keystone 490

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

Choose one ART and one HIS course:

Innovation in the Netherlands – HIS 195 (fulfills Humanities requirement) or HIS 440 (upper elective)


Intro or Advanced Digital Photography – ART 133 (fulfills Fine Arts requirement) or ART 333

****Music Therapy in SOUTH AFRICA

Choose one course: MUS 374 or 474 – Music Therapy Practicum

Grad student course options: MUS 511 and/or MUS 582

****Augsburg in MEXICO

Spanish language courses: beginner to advanced levels, as well as specialty courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Ministry

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 program details and apply online

Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad – App Due on October 5

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The Gilman Scholarship for Study Abroad applications are due October 5. This is for programs that start in Spring, summer, fall 2022, or go for the academic year 22-23.

Plan ahead to give yourself time to submit a solid application. Feel free to contact the Study Abroad & Away office if you have questions.

To be eligible for the Gilman a student must be a U.S. citizen and receiving a Federal Pell Grant during the time of application or during the term of the study abroad program or internship

Have questions? Get in touch: or

Gilman Scholarship information and application

Employer Table: ACR Homes is Hiring

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Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center on Monday, September 27th or Tuesday, September 28th between 10:00am-1:00pm to learn more!

The ACR Homes team consists of 1000 professionals working to make an impact in the lives of people with disabilities and the elderly. ACR has a wide range of positions; from flexible direct care that offers hands-on patient care experience and competitive pay, to management with a rent-free live-in option. ACR Homes has a position available for anyone.

When you get a job at ACR Homes, you join the ACR team! You become part of a tight-knit and fun-loving community, working together to provide the best possible care for people with disabilities.

We pair you up with a mentor to help you through training and answer any questions you may have, and make sure you don’t feel like you’re doing this alone.

You’ll also have access to community building events for ACR staff like Employee Appreciation Day and Wellness Day, as well as small groups for more specific interests like fitness groups and dog lover groups that help staff to meet coworkers with similar interests. So don’t worry, we’re all in this together!

Learn more at or stop by our table.

Due October 1 – Spring ‘22 Semester-long Study Abroad and Away Applications

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Applications for semester-long spring study abroad and away programs are due October 1. This includes all semester programs at Augsburg Exchange Partner and affiliate programs.

For semester programs at Augsburg CGEE locations in Mexico, Central America, and Southern Africa, October 1 is the priority deadline, with a final deadline of November 1.

Anyone with questions about semester-long study abroad programs should contact

To search programs and get started, visit our website

Bookstore Hours Starting September 27 and Homecoming Day Hours

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The bookstore hours will be adjusted to the following starting 9/27:
Monday-Friday:9:00am to 4:00pm
Closed Saturday and Sunday

If you need assistance after we close up to 5:00pm Monday through Friday please contact the bookstore at or (612)359-6491 to do so.

The bookstore will be open on homecoming day (10/2) from 10am-2pm

Event Announcements

Auggie Connect TODAY – Sverdrup 102 or Zoom

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Over the last school year, it felt difficult to connect and we are glad to be able to reconnect. 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. Join us in person (Sverdrup 102, near the Enrollment Center) or via Zoom.

Meeting topics may include assistive technology, communicating effectively with instructors, managing stress and other topics of interest to you. Contact for disability-related accommodations.
See you today!
Zoom Meeting ID: 930 1256 1020
Passcode: 787265

Join Zoom Meeting TODAY

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome- This Tuesday at Noon

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Please join the Steve Fund on Tuesday at noon, for a national conversation on identifying and combating the Imposter Phenomenon for college students of color! Event will be Tuesday, September 28th, from 12-1 PM.

Come learn about the impact and experience of Imposter Phenomenon on young people of color. Discover strategies, resources, and tools and techniques young people can use to deal with stress, anxiety and other negative mental health impacts associated with the phenomenon to promote healing, well-being, and mental health so they can survive and thrive in the college environment and as they enter the workforce.

This event is free and open to students of color in, or headed to, college, and all who support them, including family members, educators, and mental health professionals. Registration link below.


Dr. Kevin O. Cokley, Steve Fund Mental Health Expert, Chair-Elect, Department of Educational Psychology. University of Texas at Austin

Register here

Annual TriBeta Plant Sale

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TriBeta and the Biology Dept. Greenhouse are holding their annual plant sale!

Date: Thursday, September 30
Time: 10 a.m. — 3 pm.
Where: Lobby of the Christensen Center

Stop by and pick up a new green friend for your dorm room or office windowsill! We’ll have a great selection of easy-care species, string plants, succulents, carnivorous plants, and even a few sought-after aroids. We have very limited numbers of the most desirable plants, so get there early!

Cash only. Plant prices start at $5, and earnings go directly toward supporting TriBeta and Greenhouse activities.

Detailed plant sale flyer

Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis in the Somali Community

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Thursday, September 30 at 4-5 pm
Webinar sponsored by Interfaith at Augsburg and Muslim Student Association with thanks to the Batalden Ethics Grant

Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by MSA president Sharmarke Omar with:

Imam Abdisalam Adam, Islamic Civic Society of America; Assistant Principal of Highland High School in St. Paul; former Augsburg Interfaith Fellow
Farhia Budul, CPRS, CPP, FPRS, Founder, Niyyah Recovery Initiative
Niyyah Recovery Initiative (NRI) is the first Recovery Community Organization in the nation to provide culturally responsive peer recovery support, education, awareness and advocacy in the East African immigrant, refugee, and Muslim population in Minnesota.
Cadnaan Deeq, former Augsburg student

At a time when the local Somali community is facing a crisis of opioid addiction, we will hear the perspectives of a community leader and educator, an expert in culturally responsive peer recovery support, and a student. In addition to learning more about the crisis we will focus on ways religious communities, health care providers and Augsburg are responding and might collaborate in the future. There will be time for questions from participants.


Register in advance for this webinar:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Interfaith at Augsburg

Blessing of the Animals – Photos Requested

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On Friday, October 1, Campus Ministry will have a Blessing of the Animals service in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am as we celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Animals. Our service will include a lively blessing ritual of animals and pets to honor St. Francis’ devotion to all God’s creatures.

We invite students, staff, and faculty to bring their animals for a blessing that morning, but we would also like to have a slideshow of some of our dear animal friends. If you have an animal friend or pet that you would like to have in the slideshow, please send a photo to Janice Dames at by Wednesday, September 29.

Chapel: Centering Prayer for Healing, Justice, and Hope

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for a time of Centering Prayer for Healing, Justice, and Hope. We will offer quiet space for prayer and healing. If you would like to see the chapel service from Friday with Rev. Mark Hanson, it is available on the Campus Ministry YouTube Channel.

Chapel with Rev. Mark Hanson

Keeping Track of Auggies

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