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New Forum Podcast Ep. 84: Courageously Hack Into Your DEI Opportunities

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In this episode of The Forum Podcast, Xaulanda Simmonds-Emmanuel (The XauSky Group) and Patrick Meniboon, “The Courage Hacker” anchor the conversation at the intersection of research, storytelling, and application where one uses agency on three levels – self, proxy, and organizational – to strengthen vital diversity leadership skills and nurture inclusive workspaces.

HECUA Ceases Operations

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As of December 31, 2021, the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, commonly known as HECUA, ceased operations.

HECUA’s mission was to offer off-campus academic programs for students to do integrative intellectual, political, and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability in the U.S. and abroad.

HECUA had its roots at Augsburg, starting with sociology professor Joel Torstenson’s 1967 sabbatical report on community-based learning and his co-creation of the Crisis Colony the following year in the aftermath of the assissination of Martin Luther King, Jr. From that commitment, both the Center for Global Education & Experience and HECUA were born. Over the years, many Augsburg faculty have supported HECUA’s work as board members and many staff have championed HECUA experiences for many students..

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the suspension of most of HECUA’s international programs and significantly reduced enrollment in its domestic programs. While HECUA did offer some limited programs over the last two years, the ongoing pandemic does not allow them to continue to operate.

This is disappointing news for Auggies who had been hoping to participate in HECUA programs in the future, as well as alumni, community partners, and others who have been touched by or supported the mission of HECUA. But HECUA’s legacy will live on through the thousands of alumni who are leading and fostering justice and peace-building efforts around the world.

ED Talk January 19: “Better Teaching/Better Arguments: Argumentation Based Learning Experiences”

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At its heart, every discipline teaches students how to make arguments- about gravity, viruses, truth, God, politics, etc. Unfortunately, for many instructors arguments in class seem like inviting conflict, distraction, and low course evaluations. And it’s true, if done poorly, argumentation in the classroom can be alienating, traumatizing, and counterproductive. But, when done well, argumentation in the classroom can build relationships, empathy, and more rigorous evidence-based learning. Join Bob Groven, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Director of the MN Urban Debate League, for an overview of how to use argumentative experiences to create more dynamic, inclusive, and student em/powered classes.

CTL will offer ED Talks (based on the concept of TED Talks) before each faculty meeting from 3:10-3:30pm over Zoom (link provided below; Augsburg login required). This year’s theme is “The Future of the Professoriate at Augsburg”, and 2021-2022 ED talks will be framed under this broad theme that speaks to our “new normal” and beyond. All ED talks are recorded and posted on the Augsburg CTL website homepage for later viewing.

Coming Soon: Apply for Faculty Scholarship Funds

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Applications for Augsburg University Annual Grants to support scholarship (up to $4,000) and internationalization (up to $2,500) will open on Thursday, January 20th. The Call for Proposals for these two opportunities as well as further descriptions, a sample application form, and samples of past successful applications can be found now on the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) “Grants & Travel Funds” page under “Annual Grants & Awards”.

After opening on Thursday, January 20th, completed applications will be accepted through noon on March 4, 2022. If you have any questions that aren’t answered on the CTL page, please contact Jennifer Bankers-Fulbright, CTL Director (

Annual Grants & Awards

General Announcements

Counseling Walk-in Hours Now Available at CWC

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Starting this semester, the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) will be holding weekly walk-in counseling hours. Walk-in hours are Mondays 10:00-12:00, Wednesdays 1:00-3:00, and Thursdays 1:00-3:00 anytime classes are in session. Walk-in hours will be virtual in order to maintain the health and safety of the campus, but students must come directly to CWC to access walk-in hours (a virtual space will be provided in our office suite). Walk-in appointments will be brief (20-30 minutes) and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. Walk-in appointments are ideal for students looking for a quick and easy way to get started in counseling, students in need of crisis support, or students who desire a one-time non-judgemental perspective when considering an immediate decision or problem. CWC is located in Anderson Residence Hall (first floor, east door). You can reach us at 612-330-1707 or at for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Multicultural Life is Hiring for Program Managers – Share With Your Connection

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Multicultural Life Program Manager positions are now open for professionals to apply! Augsburg colleagues, please share this posting with your peers. These positions are a great opportunity for people who enjoy working with Native American community, Black and Afrikan American community, Latinx community, and LGBTQIA+ community.

We are looking for people who have 3 years or more experiences within these communities. Feel free to contact if you or your contacts have any questions about the job postings.

Students who think they have mentors who would be a good fit for these positions, please share this with them as well.

Pan-Afrikan Program Manager Position Description

LGBTQIA+ Student Services Program Manager

Latinx Student Services Program Manager

American Indian Student Services Program Manager

Nominations Open for Outstanding Staff Awards

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This year Augsburg Staff Senate will host an in-person Staff Appreciation Event on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in the Hoversten Chapel, Foss Hall.

We are now accepting nominations to honor outstanding staff and outstanding newcomers at Augsburg. Here is a link to the nomination form:

Nominations for the Outstanding Staff and Newcomer Awards are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 24, 2022. Nominations are welcomed from any current member of the campus community – staff, faculty, or students.

The Staff Appreciation Program is intended to recognize staff members who have made an important contribution to the campus community over the past year. Recipients of the Outstanding Staff Award provide exceptional service to others, work collaboratively across divisions or departments, demonstrate a clear commitment to equity and inclusion, and enhance the objectives of their department and the mission of Augsburg University through creativity, innovation, and hard work.

The Newcomer Award recognizes a staff person who has made a significant impact on campus life in a short amount of time. Staff who have been at Augsburg for two years or less (as of March 1, 2022) are eligible to receive this award.

Staff Senate will award five Outstanding Staff awards and one Newcomer award during the in-person event on March 22nd.

Visit the Staff Senate web page for additional information:

Resume and Cover Letter Reviews with Career Peer Advisors Available Starting Tuesday, January 18

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Starting Tuesday, January 18, the Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are available to review your resume/cover letter, answer questions about Handshake, and more! Mondays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Wednesdays & Fridays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, & Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00-11:30 AM. Christensen Center, Suite 100 (Across from Einstein’s).

Drop-in hours for the spring semester begin Tuesday, January 18, 2022 and end Friday, April 22, 2022.

Whether you’re creating your resume and/or cover letter for the first time or if you’re applying for the job or internship of your dreams, our Career Peer Advisors are here to support you!

Check out resume and cover letter resources on our Strommen website

Get Paid to Do Summer Research Off-Campus

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Get paid to conduct STEM research (a few social science options) with some of the nation’s top academics at universities, labs, or institutes through a summer research program. Such programs are a great way to enhance your education, meet new people, and explore a new city!

Visit URGO’s website using the link below to begin searching for opportunities. The deadline for many programs is in January through February 2022.

Contact URGO at to make an individual appointment if you need help finding opportunities or crafting your applications.

Off-Campus Research Lists and Databases

Ring in the New Semester 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

URGO Summer Research – Phase 1 Applications Due February 16

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Are you looking for a paid summer research or creative activity opportunity here on campus? URGO applications for 2022 summer research are now available on the URGO website at All fields of study welcome!

We have multiple summer opportunities available for students.

The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program (May 12th – July 27th) where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $6,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $3,000 stipend and a housing discount.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,500 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 16th at 11:59 PM, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research is going on in your department!

If you have questions, email

Summer Research Info Packet

MNUDL Middle School Debate Volunteer Shifts Now Open – Sign Up Today

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

Our new debate season begins very soon! Middle school debate tournaments will happen from January-March, and we need your help to make it happen!

Judges observe debate rounds, pick a winner, and provide feedback to both teams. No experience needed- we’ll train you! We’re looking for all people who are interested in supporting students as they improve their argumentation and public speaking skills.

Judge at VIRTUAL tournaments, from 3:30-7:00, on these dates:

Thursday January 20th
Monday January 24th
Tuesday February 8th
Thursday February 17th
Monday February 28th
Tuesday March 8th
Thursday March 10th
Monday March 14th
Tuesday March 29th

Learn more and sign up on our website:

Apply for a NASA Space Grant Scholarship

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The NASA Space Grant scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially space physics & engineering, mathematics, and science/mathematics education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for Spring 2022 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:
Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, pre-engineering, or mathematics/science education;
can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

The application deadline is Monday, January 31, at 11:59PM. To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, visit

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Stottrup at

Student Employee Needed in CLASS Office- Apply Now

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The CLASS Disability Resources Office is hiring 1 additional student employee access assistant this semester. The CLASS Office leads the Augsburg community in advancing disability access and equity. We welcome any student to apply for this position that wants to help us in upholding our mission.

Availability to work on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm is needed.

For more information, please visit the job posting.

Job Posting

2022-2023 Multicultural Life Scholarship Application Open

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2022-2023 Multicultural Life Scholarship Application is open! This is a great opportunity for underrepresented undergraduate students in the Augsburg Day Program. Those who are eligible can be awarded between 2,500-5,000 annual, renewable awards.

If you are a current scholarship recipient and want to renew your award make sure to fill the application!

These scholarships include: ASIA Scholarship, Bonnie Wallace American Indian Scholarship, HOLA Scholarship, LQBTQIA+ Student Services Scholarship, M. Anita Gay Hawthorne Scholarship, and Scholastic Connection Scholarship.

DACA and undocumented students are eligible and highly encouraged to apply. Promise, Presidential and ActSix Scholarship recipients and International Students (F-1 and J-1) are not eligible for this award.

**Application must be submitted by 4:00 pm Friday, February 4, 2022**

If you have any questions, please contact the office of Multicultural Life at

Multicultural Life Scholarship information

Nabo Opening Date

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Nabo will be opening for service on Tuesday, January 18. Hours of operation will be Monday through Friday, 11am – 6pm.

We will be accepting Flex Points, Credit Cards and Cash for payment. You will also have the opportunity to use Meal Replacements at Nabo.

While we are unable to provide all of the menu items with a Halal Certification, we have made a commitment to the university that there will not be any pork products served at Nabo.

It has been a long 2 years since we’ve been open, I thank you for your patience and hope you enjoy the food and service.

Event Announcements

Next Week, Forum Webinar – DEI and Decision Making: The Undeniable and Unbreakable Connection

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When: January 20, 2022 11:00 am – 12:00 pm CST
Level: Introductory
Track: D&I Strategy
Presenters: Nigel Vanderlinden, Powernoodle  |  Dave Debacker, Powernoodle

As is the case with much of the DEI evidence and expertise that exists, many organizations continue to operate without the benefit of the evidence and expertise in the realm of quality decision making. As a result, whether it’s realized or not, in both regards organizations and their myriad stakeholders continue to fall short of their potential. The two realms could hardly be more closely connected as DEI supports and enables quality decisions while quality decision making enables and supports DEI.
This webinar will provide unique insights into the world of decision making today and highlight how DEI professionals – executives, leaders, practitioners, and consultants – are uniquely positioned to move organizations forward in both realms simultaneously; elevating their own brand and value proposition in the process. The session will also provide practical, evidence-based solutions that you can being to action immediately.

Learning Outcomes
Learn – the relationship between decision making and DEI; the state of decision making in organizations
Grow – Move forward in decision quality and DEI; elevating your own skills and your impact
Do – Practical solutions for creating diverse and inclusive decision-making in your own organization

2022 Student Leadership Institute

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The Student Leadership Institute is happening January 22nd, 2022 from 8:30am – 4:00pm @ Hagfors 150 Atrium (for check-in)

The theme for this year is Revolutionary Leadership: Through the Practice of Care for Ourselves & Each Other. With all the events that have occurred these past couple of years, we are all still perfecting our definition of what it means to lead without jeopardizing the health and wellbeing of our community and ourselves. This institute will help create a place for students to explore leadership that prioritizes self care and community care.

All Chartered Organizations must send 2 representatives and Commissioned Organizations must 3 representatives. A student can represent a max of 2 students orgs at one time. It is a requirement as leaders of your orgs to attend the Institute in order to remain in good standing to be rechartered/recommissioned in the spring.

2022 Student Leadership Institute RSVP

Learn about the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance

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What is the Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance (LS-NSSA)?

Called LS-NSSA for short, this program is an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) which is intended to double the number of Black/African-American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Alaska Native and Pacific Islander students receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a five-year period.

The Augsburg LS-NSSA program provides stipends, research opportunities, and more to students who meet the eligibility criteria and complete a program application. All students are welcome to participate in LS-NSSA events and programming.

How can I learn more about LS-NSSA?

To learn more, attend one of the following informational sessions, or email with any questions. Note that attendance at an info session is not required; interested students are welcome to fill out the application at

Stop by today at the LS-NSSA table at the Student Involvement Fair from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Christensen Center lobby.

There will be two info sessions on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
In-person info session, 11:30 – 11:50 AM, Hagfors Center, Room 150A
Virtual info session 6:00 – 6:30 PM, Registration Link for Virtual Session:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Jennifer Brookins-King at or

To learn more about LS-NSSA, see

Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance Website

MDAW Speech and Debate Summer Camps Now Accepting Registrations – for MS and HS Students

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Hello from the Minnesota Urban Debate League, a program of Augsburg University!

We have hosted the Minnesota Debate & Advocacy Workshop (MDAW) at Augsburg University for more than a decade. Last year, camps were held virtually. We’re back for 2022!

We are excited to invite your child to speech & debate camp at MDAW this summer- now with in-person and virtual options!

Join us for deep learning, skill-building, fun, and community this summer. Both in-person and virtual options are available. In-person camp takes place at Augsburg University’s campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Scholarships are available; the priority deadline is April 15. Email for more information about scholarships.

Attend Our Virtual and In-Person Summer Camp Options:

Week 1: June 20-26

* High School Policy Debate- Advanced (Virtual & In-Person): 9am – 6pm
* Middle School Policy Debate (In-Person): 9am – 3pm
* High School Student Congress (In-Person): 9am – 6pm
* High School Public Forum (Virtual): 9am – 6pm (NEW!)

Week 2: June 27-July 1

* High School Policy Debate- All Levels (Virtual & In-Person): 9am-6pm
* Middle School Congress: 9am-3pm
* High School Public Forum (In-Person): 9am – 6pm (NEW!)
* Middle School Policy Debate (Virtual): 9am – 3pm
* High School Debate & Argumentation (NEW!)

Week 3: July 5-July 9

* High School Policy Debate- All Levels (Virtual & In-Person): 9am-6pm
* Middle School Speech Camp (Virtual & In-Person): 9am – 3pm
* Middle School Spanish Debate Summer Camp (Virtual): 9am-3pm (NEW!)

Learn more and register now! If you plan to apply for a scholarship, please select the “Financial Aid Applicants Only” option to pay a $5 deposit instead of the full registration amount.

We are looking forward to seeing you at camp!

Check out our link for more information:

CRES Faculty Candidate Interviews

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We have two CRES faculty candidates interviewing this week for a position that will begin in Fall 2022. We invite you to join us at the interview sessions that are scheduled for Thursday and Friday.

Thursday January 13- Xavier Lee
Please use this Zoom link for the three sessions:
Teaching demonstration, 10:00-10:55 am
* To facilitate discussion, please read a short passage from Notes of a Native Son (1955) by James Baldwin at the link below.
Scholarship presentation, 11:50 am-1:00 pm
Mentorship discussion with students, 3:00-3:30 pm

Friday January 14- Rahsaan Mahadeo
On Campus Interview
Teaching demonstration, 10:00-10:55 am: Hagfors Center 106
Scholarship presentation, 11:50 am-1:00 pm: Augsburg Room, Christensen Center
Mentorship discussion with students, 3:00-3:30 pm: Cedar Room, Christensen Center

Minneapolis Area Virtual Diversity Job Fair

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Chat LIVE with area employers who have openings right now!
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
10:00AM to 12:00PM

This is an online event that offers candidates the opportunity to connect with both employers and educational institutions. These organizations represent a broad range of career options with positions in different areas across Minneapolis.
85% of job seekers find jobs through some form of NETWORKING.
Plan to talk and network with company recruiters and hiring managers the day of the event!

No Cost for Job Seekers!!
All job seekers are welcome to attend regardless of background, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Sponsored by: Catalyst Career Group


Alternative Spring Break Trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Augsburg Campus Ministries invites you to participate in its alternative spring break to Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of the oldest cities in the United States. Albuquerque has a unique multicultural history and heritage with Native American and Hispanic and Latino cultural influences. The city is located in north central New Mexico near the Sandia Mountains.
While in Albuquerque, we will be partnering with Service Learning Camps, and our days will be structured with community service projects, time for reflection, learning opportunities, and visiting local attractions.
Trip Details
Dates of Trip: March 12-19, 2022
Destination: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Transportation: Bus
Total Cost: $275, includes most lodging, transportation, and most meals. Please register by February 10, 2022 (see below). Please let us know if the cost presents a barrier to participation for you.

Registration Process:
1. Registration opens January 10, 2022.
2. Complete the registration form:
3. Bring $100 registration fee and copy of health insurance card to Janice Dames in Campus Ministry Office, 104 Foss by February 10, 2022. Remainder of payment will be due before the trip.

The trip is available as an Augsburg Experience. Please indicate on the online registration form if you would like this to be an Augsburg Experience and complete the Augsburg Experience form:

Contact Pastoral Intern, Tori Remer at or Pastor John Schwehn at or stop by Campus Ministries in Foss 104. For more information check out our previous trips on our spring break blog site

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Looking for Sub-leaser: The Marshall in Dinkytown

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Looking for sub-leaser for a townhouse style complex at the Marshall in Dinkytown. Own bedroom and bath in a 4 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom unit. The townhouse is shared with 3 other renters. The Marshall has a gym, pool, and multiple courtyards with various activities. It is also fully furnished. I currently pay $925 but have reduced the price to $800 and am willing to go lower too. I have underground parking as well which is an extra $150 a month. If interested contact Abby at