Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

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Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Virtual Classes and Operations Wednesday and Thursday in Minneapolis and Rochester

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Augsburg University has moved classes to a remote format today, Wednesday 2/22, and tomorrow, Thursday 2/23, and most operations will be virtual in Minneapolis and Rochester because heavy snow and high winds are in the forecast. At this time, we expect normal operations to resume on Friday 2/24.

Students, please watch for communications from your instructors with more specific information or consult your course Moodle site for more details. Essential employees are advised to contact their supervisors with any questions. Examples of essential services may include security, maintenance, residential and food service operations, and custodial services. All other employees are encouraged to move meetings and work to a remote format.

For information on specific campus facilities, services and events, see the link below.

Also, this is a good time to sign up to receive campus emergency notifications if you haven’t already. Go to for instructions.

Campus Facilities, Services, and Events Weather Updates

Teaching and Learning

Visit the Writing Center

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Welcome back! The Writing Center is open for the Spring Semester!
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-7pm and Monday- Thursday 2-7pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We are here to give you feedback on all of your papers and projects.

For more information, please visit our website

Annual Distinguished Contribution Faculty Award Nominations Open Through March 17

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Each year, Augsburg University recognizes up to four faculty members for excellence in one of three categories: teaching, scholarship, and service. Candidates for these Distinguished Contribution awards must be nominated by a member of the Augsburg community – faculty, students, staff, or leadership. Thus, we are counting on all of you to ensure we know of the faculty who deserve this recognition!

New this year: the nomination process has been changed to require less up-front time for the nominator with the goal of substantially increasing the numbers of initial nominations.

All full-time faculty who have taught at Augsburg for the last 3 years are eligible to be nominated for all three categories (Teaching, Service, and Scholarship). Adjunct faculty who have taught at Augsburg for the last 3 years are eligible to be nominated for the Teaching category.

More information as well as the full nomination process and all nomination forms can be found at the CTL Annual Awards webpage (linked below). If you have any further questions or have problems accessing this information, please contact CTL at

CTL Annual Awards webpage

Faculty: Register for Augsburg’s Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat (May 2023)

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Full-time faculty: Do you wish you had uninterrupted time to write/work on scholarship? If so, you will want to take advantage of the annual Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat at the Dunrovin Retreat Center. Jess established a tradition of allowing faculty time away from campus to focus entirely on scholarship. There is no schedule for this retreat – it is simply time and space to work on scholarship. There is no cost to you for this retreat — The Center for Teaching and Learning will cover room and board (and WiFi). We ask that you commit to being present on all three days of the event. Our time begins at 5:00 pm on Sunday May 14th and ends at 3:00 pm on Tuesday May 16th. Space is limited to 18 full-time faculty members; if we receive more than 18 registrations the additional registrants will automatically be placed on a waiting list in order of registration.

To find out more about the Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat and to complete a registration form, click the link below. If you have any other questions, please contact CTL at

Jessica Nathanson Scholarly Writing Retreat Information and Registration

Faculty: Apply for Funding for Summer Travel Funds by March 1

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If you plan to attend or present at a conference (or engage in other professional development that requires funding) this summer (June 1 – August 31, 2023), the deadline for requesting funds from the Faculty Development (aka CTL) budget is March 1, 2023.

You may apply at any time before the deadline; all requests will be reviewed and a decision communicated no later than March 3, 2023. You can find the request form as well as all deadlines and a full description of the criteria used to allocate funding for travel on the CTL Ongoing Grant Offers webpage (link below).

As always, if you have any questions, please contact

CTL Ongoing Grants Offers webpage

Faculty Scholarship Grant Applications Due Friday (February 24)

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The Provost and Faculty Development Committee are requesting applications for Scholarship Grants to support Augsburg faculty scholarship. Recipients of the Scholarship Grant can receive up to a maximum of $4000 to support their scholarly endeavors between June 1, 2023 – May 15, 2024.
Scholarship Grant Applications are due by midnight on Friday, February 24, 2023!
To read the full Request for Proposals and access the application form, please see the Annual Awards page of the CTL website under “Scholarship Grants” (see link below). As always, please feel free to contact CTL ( with any questions that are not answered on that page!

Annual Awards page of the CTL Website

Full-Time Faculty: Get Your Pedagogy on in May

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CTL is pleased to again offer our two annual, pedagogy-focused workshops this May! Both of these workshops require a short application and are limited to 8 participants each. Participation in each workshop also comes with a small stipend to support summer work focused on incorporating an aspect of the concepts into one of their courses.

The Integrated Course Design (ICD) Workshop is a 4-day (9am-noon each day) workshop offered to encourage faculty to develop their knowledge and skills in evidence-based engaging course design to create significant learning experiences for their students. It will take place May 17-18 and May 24-25, 2023 on campus.

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy (ARP) Workshop is a 2-day (9am-noon each day) workshop designed to build on Augsburg faculty’s critical self-reflection of their own social position (e.g via the Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program and anti-racist training) by providing evidence-based, anti-racist methods for designing and teaching courses in any discipline. It will take place May 4-5, 2023 on campus.

To find out more information about each of these workshops and to apply, please see the CTL Annual Grants & Awards Webpage (link below). Applications for both Workshops are due March 3rd by midnight. If you have any questions or problems accessing the applications, please contact CTL (

CTL Annual Grants & Awards Webpage

Generous Scholarship for Rising Juniors Interested in Public Service

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The Voyager Scholarship for Public Service includes:
– Up to $50,000 in financial aid: Students will receive up to $25,000 per year in “last dollar” financial aid for their junior and senior years of college.
– Summer Voyage: Students will receive a $10,000 stipend and Airbnb credit to pursue a summer work-travel experience between their junior and senior year of college.
– Fall Summit: Each fall, students will be invited to a summit to help define and inspire their public service journey.
– Network of leaders: Throughout the program, students will be invited to an ongoing speaker series, giving them access to a network of leaders.
– 10-year travel stipend: After graduation, Airbnb will provide the students with a $2,000 Airbnb travel credit every year for 10 years, totaling $20,000. This will allow students to continue to broaden their horizons and forge new connections throughout their public service careers.

– Have four (4) semesters left as of Spring 2023
– Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
– Demonstrate financial need
– Have demonstrated a commitment to public service
– Plan to pursue a career in public service upon graduation
– Be a United States (US) citizen, US permanent resident, or DACA

If you have any questions about applying, please email Applications are due March 22nd at 3PM CT.

Voyager Scholarship

Fulbright Scholarship Info Session

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URGO is hosting an online Fulbright info session on Wednesday, March 1st from 5:00 to 6:00 PM via Zoom.

– Hear from Fulbright staff about fully funded opportunities for U.S. citizens to travel and pursue graduate or professional study, conduct research, or teach English.
– Learn about the types of Fulbright awards, application components and tips, and get your questions answered.
– Join a special Augsburg breakout session with Dixie Shafer, our campus Fulbright Program Advisor, to learn more about the application process.

For more information about the program check out the Fulbright website:

If you have any questions or can’t attend the session, please contact

Register Here

Present Your Research at Zyzzogeton – Register by March 1

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Augsburg’s annual Zyzzogeton Research Symposium showcases the work of over 50 undergraduate researchers in all academic disciplines and will take place on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. Students who have conducted research over the course of the last year and would like to present a poster should register at the URGO website ( by March 1 (a mentor-approved abstract is required to register).

Register for Zyzzogeton:

For questions about registration or the event, please contact

Prehealth Workshop – Learn About Prehealth Fields TONIGHT

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Join URGO and Gustavus Adolphus College in a Health Professions workshop!

Wednesday, Feb. 22 @ 6:30-7:30pm, Health Professions 101 Virtual Workshop
Heather Banks, Senior Health Professions Specialist

This workshop is for any student interested in learning more about health professions as a career choice. An overview of careers in the Health Professions will be shared including some of the fastest growing health occupations and which health profession careers are in the top U.S. News 100 Best Jobs. FAQ will be discussed: majors, prerequisite course requirements, academic averages, standardize tests, shadowing hours, and more.

Students can also email for more information, or if they have any questions.


Provost’s Internationalization Travel Grant Proposals Due March 15

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Two travel grants of up to $2,500 are awarded annually to full-time faculty interested in pursuing teaching, research, curriculum development /integration, or other scholarly collaboration with a global site run by Augsburg CGEE or with an existing international partner institution. Applications are due on Wednesday, March 15.

Find details and the application form in the link below.

Internationalization Grants Webpage

General Announcements

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study (Earn Up to $35)

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This research study (IRB #: 2022-32-03) is designed to compare two different skill-building training programs that may help college students develop adjustment-related skills. You are eligible to participate if you are a current Augsburg undergraduate student.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to come to our Augsburg Psychology research laboratory for 4 sessions over the course of one month. The sessions include an initial orientation meeting and three sessions focused on one of two skills-building programs (you will be randomly assigned to one of the two–like a flip of a coin). Both programs involve mini-informational videos as well as experiential activities for you to complete. We will also have you complete a few personality measures. You will be assigned a peer coach who will work with you as progress through the study and guide you through the study components. Each of the sessions will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, we will check in one last time 3-months after the study is over for a brief online survey.

Participants will receive up to $35 for their participation. $5 for each of the first three sessions, and $10 for both the fourth session and the 3 month follow-up. Alternatively, Augsburg University Psychology students will receive up to $25 and 4 research credits.

To participate, please complete this participant inquiry form:

The researchers conducting this study are part of the Identity and Well-being Research Lab at Augsburg University ( or 612-656-6560), directed by Dr. Alex Ajayi, Assistant Professor of Psychology (E-mail:, Phone: 612-330-1146). If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us via the emails and phone numbers specified above.

Please consider forwarding this to other individuals who may meet the criteria for participation. Thank you for your consideration!

KFAI Black Herstory/AfroFutures Month With 25 Hours of All Black Programming on February 25

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KFAI observes Black Herstory/AfroFutures Month with 25 hours of all Black programming on 90.3FM and on February 25, 2023

Black community members are invited to call the voice note line and leave a response to one of the following prompt questions. Their response will be recorded and aired in year-round observances of Blackness and during programming on Feb 25th.

Voice Note Line: (612) 887-5070


-Which resonates with you more: Black History or Black Futures Month? Why?

-What exactly matters to you about Black Life?

-What is the most underrated moment in Black History?

-What does the AfroFuture look like to you?

-Black History is made everyday. What happened today?

-What Black Ancestor are you honoring today?

-Who are the young, gifted and Black mentors of the AfroFuture?

-Tell a story about what you were doing during an important event in Black History

-When did you start being proud to be Black?

-Who is the greatest Black performer/visual artist/athlete/politician/person in your opinion?

-Who is a Black queer and/or trans person you admire and why?

-Tell a story about Black history or Black futures in the Twin Cities/Minnesota

–Create your own prompt and call in!

For programming schedule and more info on KFAI’s Black Herstory/AfroFutures Month – 25 hours of all Black programming on February 25, 2023, you can visit

KFAI’s Black Herstory/AfroFutures Month – 25 hours of all Black programming on February 25, 2023

Today: Canceled – MPCC Job and Internship Fair

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The MN Private Colleges’ Fair scheduled for today, has been cancelled by the consortium due to the weather.

Unfortunately, the fair will not be rescheduled. We encourage students to visit the MN Private College web site, ( as you are still able to research companies that were registered for the fair. Employers are still actively seeking students for their internships and full-time positions, so If there are employers that you had planned to visit with, please reach out to them via email, LinkedIn or visit their career web page.

If questions, please contact us at

Strommen Career & Internship Staff

Interested in Research and Graduate School? Apply to the TRIO McNair Scholars Program

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Augsburg’s TRIO McNair Scholars Program is recruiting students for Fall 2023 admission. Eligible applicants will be at Junior status by the end of Spring 2024 and available to conduct full-time research Summer 2024. Students from all majors are welcome to apply, though preference is given to applicants that are interested in pursuing a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree. The priority deadline to apply is March 31; however, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all participant slots are filled.

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program works with students who are members of groups underrepresented in graduate education and who exhibit strong academic potential. The goal of the program is to prepare Scholars for graduate study through coursework, academic advising, workshops, and involvement in undergraduate research and other scholarly activities. The program also assists with securing admission to and financial assistance for enrollment in graduate programs. Students will acquire the research skills necessary to succeed in graduate school through a paid research internship ($6000) with an Augsburg faculty member during Summer of 2024.

The McNair Scholars Program is federally-funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, to be eligible, applicants must be first-generation (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university) AND low-income AND/OR may be persons from groups underrepresented in graduate education. The Department of Education defines these groups as African-American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, applicants must be either U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and maintain at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA (3.0+ preferred).

If you’re interested in learning more about McNair or you’re unsure whether you qualify, please contact Lara Crombie, Program Coordinator,

McNair Website

Take Augsburg’s 2023 Transportation Survey – Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card

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Environmental Stewardship is conducting Augsburg’s 2023 Transportation Survey for all students, staff, and faculty.

Tell us about your commute to campus and your experience with Augsburg’s transportation programs and benefits! We will use your input from this survey for climate data reporting and to inform transportation policy and programming. This survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.

Your participation in this survey enters you into a drawing for a $50 gift card to a local business! 4 winners will be selected.

This online survey close Monday 2/27.

Thank you for your participation!

Questions? Email:

Augsburg’s 2023 Transportation Survey

Agresso and Records and Registration Upgrade and Downtime: March 10-12

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We will be upgrading Agresso the weekend of March 10-12. Agresso powers Records and Registration, Human Resources, Finance and Payroll.

This means the following services will be offline Friday March 10 (after 5 PM) until Monday March 13:
* Records and Registration (registration, class rosters, grades)
* Agresso Web / Administrative Self Service (paystubs, W2s)
* Agresso desktop (student record lookup, financial reporting, HR records)

With the upgrade the product name “Agresso” will be retired from the software and will be instead branded “Unit4 ERP.” Unit4 is the company that owns the Agresso product.

After the upgrade the employee web Administrative Self service (paystubs, W2s) will have a modern look-and-feel. Documentation provided by HR and IT will be updated soon after.

Updates will be posted on the IT Service Status Page

IT Service Status Page

Campus Cupboard Keeps Our Community Well-Fed and Thriving

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On the ground floor of the Anderson residence hall, the Augsburg Campus Cupboard is buzzing with activity. A student worker reminds fellow Auggies to grab a box or a bag for their free groceries, and around 15 students are shopping in Augsburg’s free food cupboard.

Today, there is plenty of fresh produce – salad greens, apples and pears, onions and potatoes in addition to fresh herbs and berries. A refrigerator stands full of milk, yogurt, cheese, and dairy alternatives, and a freezer contains frozen chicken, ready-to-eat meals, and tortillas. The week before, the cupboard distributed a shipment of halal beef, goat meat, and salmon. Students browse canned goods, fresh bread, dried beans, pasta, and rice in addition to coconut milk, oil, vinegar, ketchup, fish sauce, Tabasco, and salad dressings.

Pre-Physician Assistant Club: Medical Ethics Debate

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The Augsburg Pre-Physician Assistant Club (APPAC) is having their next general meeting TODAY during chapel time (1035-1105am) in Hagfors 106. We’ll be debating topics in medical ethics and learning some tips for how to answer ethics questions during a PA school interview.

We also invite you to watch the Virtual Pre-Health Workshops put on by URGO and Gustavus College. They are every Wednesday in Feb., 630-730pm. See the post in A-mail for more info., to RSVP, or to ask any questions.
– TODAY: Health Professions 101 Virtual Workshop

Please RSVP on Auggie Life and we hope to see you there!

Spanish Classes in Mexico This Summer

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Ready to learn or improve your Spanish skills? Take a class with Augsburg in Mexico this summer and complete Augsburg Experience, too!

Classes are available at all levels, at various times, and specialized courses for pre-med or ministry are available.

Apply by April 1

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

– 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, get in touch:

Visit the link, below
Email us at
Stop by our office: Science Hall 110

Get more information about summer in Mexico

Event Announcements

Norwegian Speaker of the House: Student Session On Campus

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On Friday, March 10, 2023, Augsburg University, through the work of Norway Hub, will have the honor of hosting the Norwegian Speaker of the House (Stortinget), Mr. Masud Gharahkhani and his delegation of 2-3 people on campus.

The STUDENT SESSION will take place on March 10, 2023 from 1:50 – 3:00 pm in OGC 201.

Any students or classes are welcome to attend.

Mr. Gharahkhani was appointed this position in 2021, and has dedicated his life to politics in Norway. He came to Norway as a refugee from Iran at the age of 5, and started his political career in 2009. Mr. Gharahkhani is interested in and passionate about immigration, interfaith and inclusion, and of course politics.

His main goal for this trip is to meet with the larger Norwegian American community in the midwest, hear about the work of Augsburg University as well as meet with our students, staff and faculty.

Please confirm your participation by emailing Bettine Hoff Hermanson at by March 1, 2023.

Mr. Masud Gharahkhani’s BIO

The Forum–Faculty and Staff Conference Registration Is Open

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The Forum on Workplace Inclusion 35th annual conference will take place at the Minneapolis Hilton and Orchestra Hall, March 27-29, 2023. Come join more than 900 others who care about diversity, equity, and inclusion (including 50+ Augsburg students) and to hear presentations by our President, Paul Pribbenow, our VP of Operations, Rebecca John, and board trustee, Eric Jolly. They are among the more than 175 presenters at this year’s event.

Augsburg faculty and staff enjoy a 70% discount off regular registration rates.

For more information, visit our website or stop by our offices in 137 Science.

Augsburg Students–Complimentary Forum Conference Registration

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What is the Forum on Workplace Inclusion?

The forum provides a variety of workshops and experiences that explore equity in the workplace. This year’s theme of combining forces, emphasizes our collective power for change. Students will get the opportunity to experience a professional conference and choose from a variety of sessions that fit their interests and passions. Learn more about the workshops and speakers here:

When/Where is it?

The event will be at the Hilton Minneapolis on Monday March 27th with relevant programming occurring from 12:30pm to 5:30pm. Campus Life will provide free transportation from campus to the event and back for registered students. Registration is first come first serve.

How do I sign up?

Fill out the google interest form here:

Global Living LLC Info Session: Pizza Will Be Served

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Are you interested in living in a GLOBAL COMMUNITY next year ON CAMPUS? Then this session is for you.
Come meet us on Tuesday, February 28⋅11:30am – 12:00pm in the Marshall Room located on the first floor of the Christensen Center.

The Global Living Community (GLC) is an intercultural living and learning environment in which intercultural understanding extends beyond the classroom into daily student life. The primary goal of the GLC is to contribute to the global literacy at Augsburg University by creating an on-campus community in which cultural diversity is truly valued.

Participants are committed to promoting international understanding by exploring issues of international importance, by creating new cross-cultural connections, increasing their cultural competency and by enriching existing international linkages on campus and in the wider community.

This community is available to domestic as well as international students.

Residence Life LLC

Longfellow Community Council Free the Deeds Training Opportunity

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Longfellow Community Council
Free the Deeds Training Opportunity

Be a part of erasing racial covenants and writing a new future for your block, your neighborhood, and our city of Minneapolis, one deed at a time.

Join one of these training sessions at the LCC Office or on Zoom to learn about the work happening here in Greater Longfellow and how you can be involved!

Our next training session is Wednesday, March 15th from 6 to 7:30pm.

Find out the history of your deed and then volunteer – engage your people, share our survey, table or door knock.

If you have any questions or want more information you can contact or call 612-722-4529.

Free the Deeds Training Opportunity

Day at the Capitol 2023 – Registration Closes TODAY

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Wednesday, March 1, 2023 from 9:15 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Join us for Day at the Capitol 2023 where you can advocate for increased funding for education. Your legislators need to hear from you about the Minnesota State Grant program and other causes that are important to you.

What happens at Day at the Capitol?
You’ll attend a Minnesota State Grant advocacy and lobbying training with student advocates from Augsburg and other Minnesota private colleges. Then you’ll meet with legislators (we’ll make appointments for you in advance) and have lunch at the Capitol. The Minnesota Private College Council will host a Q&A session with public policy experts and policymakers and will provide everything you need to be a successful advocate.

The group from Augsburg will take the light rail to and from the Capitol together. There will also be an optional pizza night on Tuesday, February 28 to meet other advocates from Augsburg and get ready for your day of civic engagement.

Register by visiting the Minnesota Private College Council website:

Have questions or need help? Stop by the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Democracy in the basement of Anderson Hall.


African Heritage Day on the Hill This Friday

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African Heritage Day on the Hill
Fri, February 24, 2023, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM CST

Join CMAH for our first in person African Heritage Day on the Hill post pandemic. This event will feature remarks from lawmakers on their current 2023 legislative plans. This event will also have information for attendees on how to connect with lawmakers on policy issues they may have as well as specific information on how to find their representatives.

The theme for the 2023 African Heritage Day on the Hill is abundance. We want to ground our community partners, elected officials, and attendees in the richness of the history of the African Heritage community in Minnesota. We are celebrating increased numbers of African Heritage residents across the state, more African Heritage individuals in leadership positions across industries, more African Heritage individuals elected to public office, and the continued outpour of tangible and intangible resources towards community engagement, entrepreneurship, spiritual healing, and activism. We want to emphasize that Minnesotans of African Heritage are worthy of abundance in Minnesota across a variety of quality-of-life factors.

If you need translation or ADA accommodations, please contact CMAH at or 651-258-473

Register for the event here:

Register for the event

This Saturday – Minneapolis Afrobeats DANCE Party

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The Cedar and TAMU Events Present: MINNEAPOLIS AFROBEATS DANCE PARTY II – Winter Edition
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Doors: 7:00 PM
Event Start: 8:00 PM
Event End: 11:00 PM
All Ages, Standing


This is a standing show with an open floor. To request seating or other access accommodations, visit the Cedar’s website and go their “Access” page.
General Admission tickets are available online.

The Cedar & Tamu Events Presents MINNEAPOLIS AFROBEATS DANCE PARTY II! The 2023 WINTER EDITION of the best afrobeats dance party in the city – featuring the contemporary African sound taking over the world. This edition features: local DJs, SALIF KEITA of KFAI FM and KING SWANK + performances by OBI ORIGINAL and our beloved host, FANAKA NATION.


General Admission tickets are available online.

Chapel: Pastor John Schwehn

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Please join us in Hoversten Chapel at 10:40 am for an Ash Wednesday service with the imposition of ashes and Communion. Pastor John Schwehn will offer a short homily. Sarah Runck will play an organ prelude and Emma Scherrer will play a piano postlude. Deanna Davis is singing a solo. We will be joined by members of the Trinity Lutheran congregation.

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