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Teaching and Learning

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.

Faculty and Staff: Want to Do an ED Talk this Spring?

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Do you have a teaching strategy that has worked especially well during the pandemic era of teaching? Are you doing something in your practice that you think others might benefit from knowing? Please consider sharing your ideas by presenting an ED Talk this spring!

CTL ED Talks (based on the concept of TED Talks) take place immediately before each faculty meeting from 3:10-3:30pm over Zoom and recordings are archived on the CTL website. Presenters have 15 minutes to present in any way they choose (as long as it is compatible with synchronous Zoom). CTL’s theme for the 2021-2022 academic year is “The Future of the Professoriate at Augsburg”, a broad topic that looks to our current “new normal” and beyond.

CTL is recruiting ED Talk presenters for the following dates (same dates as Faculty Meetings):
February 16, 2022
March 23, 2022
April 13, 2022
April 27, 2022

If you are interested in presenting, please fill out this short form and CTL will get back to you with the options available! If you have any questions, please contact CTL Director Jennifer L. Bankers-Fulbright (

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.

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

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.

General Announcements

MNUDL Student Earns MDTA Tamar Kaplan Student of the Year Award

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The Minnesota Debate Teachers Association created the Tamar Kaplan Student of the Year Award to celebrate the life and personal qualities of Tamar Kaplan, including academic achievement, leadership, and involvement in debate.

Congratulations to Minneapolis South High School’s Clara Conry for earning the 2022 Tamar Kaplan Student of the Year Award!

Clara will earn a $1,500 scholarship and a plaque to recognize earning the award.

Clara was also a finalist at the MSHSL State Debate Tournament on the day the award was given.

Read more to learn about Tamar Kaplan’s legacy:

MNUDL Students are MSHSL State Debate Finalists

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Minneapolis South High School debaters, Clara Conry & Annabelle Niblett, finished their run at the MSHSL State Debate Tournament in the finals. On a 4-1 decision, Archan Sen & Eric Li from Eagan High School were declared the State Champions.

Clara & Annabelle won 7 previous rounds of competition to advance to finals.

The partnership of Ezra Gearhart & Molly Reehl, also from Minneapolis South, were Quarterfinalists.

Two Saint Paul teams also advanced to Quarterfinals: Chikamso Chijioke & Samuel Skinner from Como Park Senior High School, and Cayden Mayer & Maren Lien from Central High School.

We also want to acknowledge the debaters who qualified to compete at State at Sections, some of whom were unable to compete due to COVID-19 related reasons from Roseville, Roosevelt, St Paul, Como Park, Washburn, Central HS, and South.

It hasn’t been an easy season, but our students handled the challenges with flexibility and determination. This year’s topic was water resources, and we know they learned a lot. Please send your congratulations to these schools for their accomplishments at State!

Find the full results at our blog:


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:

Learn More & Sign Up to Judge

Write Your Future, Shred Your Past

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Hello Hello Hello…
This week Wednesday, January 19th we will be doing “Write your Future, Shred Your Past” where you write out your intentions for this year and we’ll mail to you later in the semester. Shred the pieces of 2021 you want to leave behind. Don’t forget to join us in CWC Lobby 🙂

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

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

Transcultural Music Therapy Study Abroad in July – Apply Now

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Explore meanings and expressions of music, health, illness, and healing transculturally in the context of South Africa. The focus of this course is on developing an understanding of individuals, families, groups and communities with diverse cultural backgrounds and the use of music in community and for healing within their culture.


Travel July 10-20, 2022

Led by Professor Dr. Annie Heiderscheit

Choose one course:

• MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum (1 credit),

• graduate course options available, too

• also fulfills Augsburg Experience requirement!

This program is designed for Music Therapy majors, but students in music, psychology, or other related fields are also welcome.


The program has a capacity of 22 students and is filled on a rolling basis.

Have questions? Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office:

Get more program details and start an application here

Summer Study Abroad: Art and History in the Netherlands – Apply Now

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The summer program Innovation and Design in the Netherlands is an unique, short-term study abroad opportunity, open to all Auggies!

Earn 8 credits and your Augsburg experience in just a few weeks, while exploring one of the most innovative countries in the world — the Netherlands – through the prism of history and photography. Visit museums, meet with speakers from across different industries, meet with locals to get an understanding of city life in Amsterdam, and so much more!

Innovation and Design in the Netherlands: Past and Present

Travel Dates: May 15 -29, 2022

Faculty Leaders: Jacqueline deVries and Christopher Houltberg

This is a 2-class program, and you’ll earn 8 credits, as well as Augsburg Experience. You’ll choose one History and one Art course:

HIS 195 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands — Past and Present, fulfills Humanities liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

HIS 440 Topics: Innovation in the Netherlands,


ART 133 – Introduction to Digital Photography, fulfills Fine Arts liberal arts foundation requirement, OR

ART 333 – Advanced Digital Photography


The program has a capacity of 24 students and is filled on a rolling basis. If you’re interested, get started on your application now.

Contact the Study Abroad & Away Office with questions:

Get more details and start an application on the Study Abroad & Away website

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:


• May 9-27, 2022

• 4 credits

•THR 295, 4 credits – fulfills Fine Arts requirement


• May 5-23, 2022

• 4 credits

• choose one elective OR Keystone course: ECO 495 or BUS 495, or KEY 490


• 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


• 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


• July 10-20, 2022

• 1 credit

• MUS 374 or 474: Music Therapy Practicum

• graduate-level course options also available


• June 8 – July 31

• 8 credits

• SPA 218: Spanish for Healthcare professionals

• INS/SPA 399: Observership


• 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 website below.

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

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

Student Job Opening for Business, Communication Studies, and English Majors

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New for Spring 2022 with the potential to extend into Summer 2022: an assistant writer job on Augsburg’s marketing team!

Get a student job that gives you hands-on experience for a career in:
– marketing or communications
– journalism and/or new media
– creative writing or media writing

As a marketing assistant copywriter, you’ll write for a variety of projects, such as admissions advertising, event promotions, magazine news and stories, print mail pieces, and web content. You’ll work closely with a creative team with other writers, graphic designers, web specialists, and communicators.

Curious or interested?

Learn more about the position, and apply now!

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!

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 if you have any questions.

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

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

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

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

Resume Reviews with Strommen Peer Advisors

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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!

Resume writing resources available on our Strommen Community Moodle Site.

Nominations Open for Outstanding Staff Awards

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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:

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:

Employer Table: Learning Works (Blakethrough) Hiring Summer

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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 10:00-12:30

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 to apply

Bookstore Charge Accounts Close TODAY

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The last day to make a purchase in-person and charge to your student account is TODAY, 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 today will need to be made out-of-pocket. Be sure to plan ahead! If you have any questions, please email

Event Announcements

Tomorrow, 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

Chapel: MSA Students

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Join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am to Sharmarke Omar, Khaalid Cumar, Abdirahman Nor, Ridwan Dahir, Kamilo Noor, and Anzal Sahal, Muslim Student Association members, share about their experience at the Muslim American Society – Islamic Circle of North America (MAS-ICNA) Convention in Chicago over winter break. Chapel is recorded and available on the Campus Ministry YouTube Channel.

Campus Ministry YouTube Channel

Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table TODAY 11:30-1 p.m.

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Stop by the Study Abroad and Away Table today in Christensen Center from 11:30am to 1pm.

We are available to answer your questions about study abroad/away, check in on your application, or give you some information to get started.

Study Abroad & Away opportunities are for all Auggies–with programs ranging in length from 1 week to a semester or year, international locations as well as destinations in the USA, and courses to fit any major. Every Study Abroad & Away program fulfills your Augsburg Experience requirement, too!

Stop by today for more info!

Learn more about Study Abroad & Away

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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