Announcing Members of the Cultural Agility Collaboration’s Project Leadership Team

Minnesota Campus Compact is thrilled to announce the four outstanding leaders who will comprise the Project Leadership Team for the Cultural Agility Collaboration:

  • Autumn Brown is a mother, organizer, theologian, artist, and facilitator who currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of RECLAIM!, a founding member of the Rock Dove Collective, and a board member of the Common Fire Foundation; she has worked extensively with nonprofits and community-based coalitions including the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, Slow Food USA, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice, as well as developing and leading a major curricular initiative on resisting racism for Bard College students and staff (for more, see http://www.iambrown.org).
  • Nickyia Cogshell is the Chief Diversity Officer at Century College where she provides leadership and direction to institutional equity, diversity, and inclusion. She also works with pre-college programs to address opportunity gaps and increase college readiness skills with historically underserved students. Previously, she worked with youth development programs through the University of Minnesota Extension and the Wilder Foundation and co-founded the grassroots organization Sister to Sister, whose mantra was “for us by us.”
  • Susan Gust is a community activist and community development consultant who has worked with the University of Minnesota in establishing principled partnerships and teaching about community-based participatory research; she has co-founded for-profit and nonprofit initiatives and chaired the board of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, and currently is a student at Metropolitan State University and is participating in the Allina Backyard Initiative coordinated by the Cultural Wellness Center (for more, seehttp://depts.washington.edu/ccph/pastboard.html).
  • Tania Mitchell is an assistant professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, whose award-winning research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student development, and race and racism; she previously led service-learning and community engagement initiatives at Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and will be the Project Leadership Team’s Research Principal Investigator (for more, see http://www.cehd.umn.edu/pstl/directory/mitchell.asp).

Information and application guidelines for the larger cohort of participants will be available in the next month. To express interest, ask questions, share relevant work, or explore possibilities for collaboration, please contact Julie Plaut at julie {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2081. We are grateful to the Bush Foundation for its support of this initiative with a 2014 Leadership Network Grant—and we are excited to move forward with this excellent team.