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Art of Participatory Leadership Training - July 13-15, 2016

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Registration is now open for the University of Minnesota Art of Participatory Leadership (AoPL) three-day training on July 13-15, 2016 on the UMN St. Paul Campus.

This training is open to UMN students, faculty, staff, and community partners who want to learn the philosophy and methods of the practice. As in the past, we have a limited number of scholarships available to students who wish to participate.

AoPL practices have been used very successfully with campus climate efforts. U community members working on campus climate projects are especially encouraged to attend. 

This year, the training is sponsored by the Center for Integrative Leadership, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, the Graduate School, Office for Public Engagement, Office for Student Affairs, and the Public and Nonprofit Leadership Center at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

A flyer with all of the details may be found here. Please share this with interested colleagues and encourage them to register. 

Please feel free to contact the core planning team of Dave Dorman (, Sook Jin Ong ( ) or Sarah Groskreutz ( if you have any questions.


News and Information

Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct

Thursday, April 28, 2016

By Kimberly D. Hewitt, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and Title IX Coordinator

Members of the University Community,

We recently wrote to you about some exciting new online educational opportunities related to the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct.  Please visit our websiteto access the new courses. The purpose of this message is to provide another reminder about our responsibilities to foster a positive campus climate that is responsive to and takes prompt and effective measures to address all forms of sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. University policy specifically prohibits sexual misconduct by employees towards students, and any other form of harassment on the basis of sex.

Students are encouraged to report all incidents of sexual misconduct. Employees have a duty to report all incidents or allegations of sexual harassment or assault. Specifically, employees who have supervisory responsibility or who advise students or who could be considered by a student to have the authority to take action must report sexual misconduct incidents to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (EOAA). The University takes such reports seriously, and will promptly investigate them. The University prohibits retaliation against anyone for reporting or participating in an investigation of sexual harassment or sexual assault. Students or employees found to have engaged in sexual harassment or assault, employees who fail to appropriately report observed or suspected harassment or assault, and students or employees found to have engaged in retaliation will be subject to discipline, which may include suspension, expulsion, or termination if circumstances warrant.  


Mobile Lactation Pod Unveiling

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tues. May 3, 2:30-4:30 p.m., Great Hal, Coffman Union (a part of the Mechanical Engineering Seniors Design Show). Come to an unveiling of the LacPod, a mobile lactation unit that wass created through a joint project between a group of senior Mechanical Engineering students, the Student Parent HELP Center and the Lactation Advocacy Committee. This is a first look at the project, which was awared a Campus Climate Micro-Grant. There will be an official open house for the student-designed mobile lactation pod once it is fully functional and installed in Coffman Memorial Union. 


The Opportunity City: Progress Report on Improving Equity in Minneapolis

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 6:00pm-7:15pm, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Mayor Betsy Hodges is garnering national attention - along with New York's Bill De Blasio - for her efforts to promote equity in Minneapolis.  Mayor Hodges visit will provide a candid update on progress, hurdles, and lessons learned. More information here.


Diversity Through the Disciplines Symposium 2016

Thursday, May 5, 2016

May 5, 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, 101 Walter Library. The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy is proud to host these presentations from past Multicultural Award Recipients. We'll hear stories about the research they have conducted around urgent social issues and learn what insights they discovered. These talks are free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided.  


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