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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Add/Drop Deadline is Today

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Registration changes (adding and/or dropping courses) may or may not change your financial aid award and account balance. Please contact Student Financial Services if you have any questions about what impact these changes might have on your account.

Email us at studentfinances@augsburg.edu or call (612) 330-1046. Student Financial Services office hours are from 9am – 4:30pm.

Teaching and Learning

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 (bankers@augsburg.edu).

Annual Grants & Awards

Minimizing the Impact of COVID-Related Absences in Your Course

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In this time of the COVID-19 omicron variant, 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 created some (mostly) universal “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for the classroom that can maintain student learning and minimize any additional work for everybody.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ij1MXokLGz3cr7tOq0UmBG8Vlu1ZSmXxg3wU3_gG6hg/edit?usp=sharing

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 assassination 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 empowered 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.

https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/97823046409?pwd=RmRNTXpGOTQyQ1R0WDhHMGtBMnRFdz09

General Announcements

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 https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/opportunities/research-opportunities/nasa/

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Stottrup at stottrup@augsburg.edu.

https://www.augsburg.edu/stem/opportunities/research-opportunities/nasa/

Need Augsburg Experience? Take a Study Abroad/Away Course in Summer

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Need Augsburg Experience? Short study abroad/away programs are a great way to do it!

In summer 2022, several short programs are on offer, each only 2-3 weeks of travel. You will earn credits AND complete your Augsburg Experience, a winning combo!

Check out these program options, and apply by January 31:

COMMUNITY, ARTS, AND CULTURE IN PUERTO RICO
• May 9-27, 2022
• 4 credits
•THR 295, 4 credits – fulfills Fine Arts requirement

ECONOMIC CRISIS, SMALL BUSINESS, AND ETHICS IN GREECE
• May 5-23, 2022
• 4 credits
• choose one elective OR Keystone course: ECO 495 or BUS 495, or KEY 490

INNOVATION & DESIGN IN THE NETHERLANDS: PAST and PRESENT
• May 15-29, 2022
• 8 credits
• ART 133 or 333 – Digital Photography, ART 133 fulfills a Fine arts requirement, and
• HIS 195 or 440 – Innovation in the Netherlands, HIS 195 fulfills a Humanities requirement

Apply for the following programs by March 1

LANGUAGE & CULTURE IN MEXICO
• various dates throughout summer
• 4-12 credits
• SPA – Spanish courses at all levels beginning to advanced, can fulfill Language requirements
• independent study or internship also possible

MUSIC THERAPY IN SOUTH AFRICA
• July 10-20, 2022
• 1 credit
• MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum
• graduate-level course options also available

MEDICAL SPANISH & CLINICAL OBSERVERSHIP in MEXICO
• June 8 – July 31
• 8 credits
• SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare professionals
• INS/SPA 399: Observership

SPANISH FOR MINISTRY & PUBLIC THEOLOGY in MEXICO
• June 8 – July 24
• 8 credits
• SPA 111 Beginning Spanish I
• SPA 116 Beginning Spanish for Ministry
• Upper-level courses available, if needed

To learn more about these programs and start an application, visit the link below.

You’re also welcome to stop by the Study Abroad & Away Office in Oyate Commons, lower level of Christensen Center. Email us at abroad@augsburg.edu

Get more details for all the programs listed above on our website

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 mss@augsburg.edu.

Multicultural Life Scholarship information

Employer Table: 1/19/22 Summer Teaching Fellowship with LearningWorks

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Apply for a Summer Teaching Fellowship with LearningWorks!

A representative will be on-campus in the lobby of the Christensen Center on Wednesday, January 19th from 10:30-12:30

LearningWorks is a chapter within Breakthrough Collaborative which comprises 25 sites across the country. Its overall mission is to launch high potential middle school students on the path to college, while also inspiring talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.

At LearningWorks, we achieve this mission by using a “students-teaching-students” model. During our 9 weeks of summer programming, 35 talented high school and college students work as teachers, advisors, and mentors for 120 middle school students from Minneapolis Public Schools. LearningWorks teachers are creative, diverse, intelligent, and highly motivated. They represent many academic and personal backgrounds, but share a commitment to students and educational equity. LearningWorks is a Breakthrough site in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.

Every summer, it offers:

· 100+ hours of professional development
· 65 hours of lead classroom teaching
· Autonomy to develop your own curriculum and course content
· Leadership opportunities in committee-structures and program planning
· Your own classroom for 6 intensive weeks
· Coaching and mentorship from experienced and licensed teachers
· Small classes of 8-12 students
· $2,500 stipend & housing options

Application is now open, head to bit.ly/teachLW22 to apply

New Registrar – Tom Kelsey

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Tom Kelsey has accepted the position of Registrar, effective immediately. Tom has extensive experience (over 2 decades!) in the registrar’s office at Augsburg University. He has played a key role in several important initiatives, including: developing graduation pathways, revamping National Student Clearinghouse reporting, and adapting student services during the COVID19 pandemic. Tom has also served as our Certifying Official for Veterans Administration benefits, managed the records retention plan, created the course schedule, and maintained the academic catalogs. 

As registrar, Tom will partner with others across the institution to improve the experience for our students from admission to graduation and beyond, with a focus on student success. Tom will report directly to Kelsey Richardson Blackwell, Senior Director of Advising and Registration. Katie Bishop and Marah Jacobson-Schulte will continue to oversee these recent transitions for the remainder of the academic year. 

Please congratulate Tom on his new role!

Student Worker Position Opening – SFS

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Student Financial Services is seeking students with great customer service and quick learning skills, for our Tuesday and Thursday student worker position.

This is a great opportunity to develop new professional skills in an office setting such as:

• Oral and written communications
• Critical thinking and problem-solving
• Teamwork and collaboration

If you are interested, APPLY NOW ON HANDSHAKE. You can email our office at studentfinances@augsburg.edu if you have any questions.

Need assistance with your resume or cover letter? Connect with the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.

Recognize Outstanding Staff Today

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This year Augsburg Staff Senate will host a hybrid in-person and virtual 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: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfNdMjt0iuPYeS8KpJXcY2dvzqAwrvlYtmwob-Jra4bfHEXZA/viewform

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: https://sites.augsburg.edu/staffsenate/staff-appreciation/faq-outstanding-staff-nominations/

Bookstore Charge Accounts End Wednesday

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The last day to make a purchase in-person and charge to your student account is WEDNESDAY the 19th! (The last day to charge a purchase online was Sunday.) Due to the financial aid cycle, you can only charge expenses to your bookstore account during this specific period. Any bookstore purchases after the 19th will need to be made out-of-pocket. Be sure to plan ahead! If you have any questions, please email studentfinances@augsburg.edu.

Strommen Drop-in Hours Resume Today

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The Strommen Center’s Career Peer Advisors are trained, ready, and available to review your resume and/or cover letter. 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).

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!

See you soon!

Resume and cover letter templates on our Strommen website

Welcome to Our New First Year Admission Counselor

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The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is happy to announce we have hired a new first year admission counselor to join our team! We ask the campus community to help welcome Mai Chaw Lee as our newest Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions (she joins the first year team along with Shonna Fulford, Josh Owens, and Summaiah Junaid).

Mai Chaw comes to us from TRIO/Upward Bound Program (where she served as an academic advisor working specifically with the Osseo and Robbinsdale schools). She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Asian Studies at the College of St. Benedict and her Masters in International Studies at Concordia University, Irvine (California). Her experience in secondary education, her energy, and her passion for working with first generation students will make her an asset to our team and to the larger Augsburg community. Mai Chaw’s first day will be Monday, January 24th!

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

Apply for the 2022-2023 Interfaith, Christensen, or Sabo Scholars

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Application deadline is February 28, 2022

CURRENT STUDENTS:
Want to engage in leadership, service, and learning to make a difference at Augsburg and in the wider community?
Apply to be in one of Augsburg’s three Public Leadership Scholar Programs: Christensen Scholars, Interfaith Scholars, or Sabo Scholars.
In these programs, you will have the opportunity to participate in a yearlong academic seminar with a cohort of your peers. You will contribute to public leadership on campus and in the wider community in faith-based non-profits, through interfaith engagement, or civic life. You will also be able to earn 4 upper division semester credits in the Religion or Political Science and receive at least a $2,000 scholarship.
Who is Eligible?
Christensen and Interfaith Scholars – Current sophomores and juniors who plan to study on campus all of the 2022-23 academic year.
Sabo Scholars – Current students (any level) who plan to study on campus all of the 2022-23 academic year.

APPLYING: Details about the process are available:
Christensen Scholars: http://www.augsburg.edu/ccv/christensen-scholars-program/
Interfaith Scholars: https://www.augsburg.edu/interfaith/interfaith-scholars/
Sabo Scholars: https://www.augsburg.edu/sabo/2021/01/27/sabo-scholars-2021-2022/

Questions? Contact:
Christensen Scholars: Jeremy Myers at myers@augsburg.edu
Interfaith Scholars: Matt Maruggi at maruggi@augsburg.edu or interfaith@augsburg.edu
Sabo Scholars: Andy Aoki at aoki@augsburg.edu or sabocenter@augsburg.edu

Employer Table: ACR Homes

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Stop by the lobby of the Christensen Center on Tuesday January 18th and Wednesday, Janaury 19th between 10:00am-12:30pm in the lobby of the Christensen Center 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 https://acrhomes.com/employment/ or stop by our table.

**Ask about the Tuition Assistance Program for part-time and full-time workers.

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 mss@augsburg.edu 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
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141186

LGBTQIA+ Student Services Program Manager
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141177

Latinx Student Services Program Manager
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141178

American Indian Student Services Program Manager
https://augsburg.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=141173

Event Announcements

Take Credits in Puerto Rico in May – Info Session Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, attend the zoom info sesison to learn more about the summer study away program, Community, Arts, and Culture in Puerto Rico, led by professor Beliza Torres Narvaez.

Spend ~3 weeks in Puerto Rico in May exploring different arts in the context of community building, activism, and social justice in Puerto Rico! Through this program, you will complete THR 295, a 4-credit course that fulfills the Fine Arts general education requirement. Participation in the program also fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement!

PUERTO RICO INFO SESSION
Wednesday, January 19, 10:30-11:30 am
Join the zoom here: https://augsburg.zoom.us/j/91608984251

**We will talk about what to expect while in Puerto Rico and the itinerary and program highlights
**Get details about costs and scholarships
**we will answer your questions about the program and application
**Join when you’re able, and stay as long as you’re able.
**We will record the essential parts of this info session to share afterward

Any Augsburg student in good standing, including graduating Seniors, are eligible to apply

Students applying for this program can also apply for a small scholarship to help fund their experience. Scholarship information is on the program page, linked below. Scholarship applications due on January 20.

***PROGRAM APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 31***

The program is filled on a rolling basis. Interested students should start an application now! Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions: abroad@augsburg.edu

Get full program details and start an application here

Today-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 stem@augsburg.edu with any questions. Note that attendance at an info session is not required; interested students are welcome to fill out the application at https://northstarstem.org/augsburg-university-applications-and-forms.

There will be two info sessions today, 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: https://forms.gle/QUXfAjCZ1uxZ832w6

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Jennifer Brookins-King at brookinj@augsburg.edu or stem@augsburg.edu.

To learn more about LS-NSSA, see https://northstarstem.org/.

Louis Stokes North Star STEM Alliance Website

Chapel: Griot Storytelling

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Join us in chapel at 11:30 am for a worship service with Griot storytelling by Pastor Babette Chatman and Pastor John Schwehn who will engage the scripture (Luke 4:14-21) and message as a dialogue, bringing their own lenses/experiences to the text. If you missed chapel on Friday, President Paul Pribbenow’s message is available online.

January 14th chapel video

Keeping Track of Auggies

Augsburg Has Our First Payne Fellow

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Shamsa Ahmed, ’21 Political Science and International Affairs double major, has been named a Payne Fellow, one of 15 selected in the country. In previous years 600 students have applied for the fellowship, making an applicant’s chance of earning the award around 2%.

Shamsa will receive $104,000 for graduate school in international affairs or a similar field, summer internships, one in D.C. and one overseas with the US Agency for International Development (USAID,) and a USAID mentor. After completing the fellowship, Shamsa will be ready to accept a position as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. She has had this goal of working with USAID since her sophomore year when she applied for and won the Boren Scholarship. As a Boren Scholar Shamsa studied Swahili in Florida and Tanzania.

Shamsa is currently serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Korea. She was also a semi-finalist for a Truman Scholarship and an alternate for the Pickering Fellowship.

At Augsburg Shamsa was an Act Six Scholar and a TRIO/SSS student. She served as Vice President of the Muslim Student Association, Founder of Women for Political Change and Student Government Class President. She also had internships and employment with the State of MN Department of Human Services, the Council on American Islamic Relations, Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul and Common Cause.

Congratulations to Shamsa!

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