Cultural Agility Collaboration (CAC) Cohort Application Now Available

Are you interested in developing more inclusive, collaborative leaders and community-campus partnerships in Minnesota? Then consider joining a racially diverse cohort of students, community members, and campus staff and faculty for a unique learning and leadership experience. Between February 2015 and August 2016, participants will envision and move towards new models for campus and community engagement, experiential learning, and institutional change, benefiting from:

  • mentorship and training with experts in the field of campus and community engagement, racial justice education, and cross-cultural work;
  • access to a network of peers who are passionate about civic engagement, social change, and creating environments of co-learning;
  • the opportunity to engage in critical conversations with cohort members from other affinity groups in a democratic process where all voices are heard and valued; and
  • support for strategic action steps that members identify as important to advancing related work and learning across the state (e.g., developing training materials or curriculum, convening events or conversations with others).

Initial retreats will take place at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, MN: students on March 6-8, 2015, community members on April 10-12, 2015, and faculty/staff on May 29-31, 2015.

Click here to complete the student application, the community member application, or the campus staff and faculty application. While we ask for them to be completed online,PDFs of the applications are available here, so that people can read all the application questions and more background information (including our definition of cultural agility, the CAC goals, and criteria for selecting cohort members); anyone truly uncomfortable with the online form can also use the PDF to submit an application by email or mail. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. on January 30, 2015. Meanwhile, if you plan to apply, we encourage you to save the appropriate retreat dates on your calendar—and thank you for your interest in this collaborative, change-oriented initiative!

A few frequently asked questions are addressed below. With other questions, you’re welcome to contact Julie Plaut, Executive Director of Minnesota Campus Compact, at julie {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2081.

FAQs

Is there a cost to participate? There is no fee to participate in the cohort or its retreats.

Is there support for expenses related to participation? Could I receive an honorarium for participating? We are committed to making the Cultural Agility Collaboration as accessible as possible to ensure that cohort members are able to engage fully and intentionally in our collective work. All participants’ meals and lodging at the retreats will be covered, and the application asks for you to share what accommodations (mobility, language, family, financial, etc.) would be necessary to facilitate your participation. We ask that you aim to be as open and complete in identifying your needs in the application, and the project leadership team will aim to be as open and responsive to meeting them as the program budget allows.

How much time will be involved? Participants are expected to participate in two retreats (spring 2015 and fall 2015), which will each last from Friday dinner through Sunday lunch. Other activities will be determined by the cohort and project leadership team, so we cannot provide a specific number of hours or schedule. This is meant to be a collaborative learning and leadership experience, so it may well include talking with others (in the cohort and beyond it) outside retreats, exchanging and developing educational resources, and planning other events or actions. Scheduling will be flexible to fit into participants’ lives; activities will also be related to the priorities they identify and dependent on the commitments they choose to make along the way.

I could apply in multiple categories (student, community member, campus faculty/staff). Which one should I apply in? That decision is really yours to make based on your sense of identity and “home” from which you feel you could help to create change. While the spring 2015 retreats will happen in those groups, later activities will mix groups up based on shared interests, locations, identities, or other factors shaping their collaborative action.

How will participants be selected? The CAC Project Leadership Team will review applications and select participants using the following criteria:

  • demonstrated commitment to leadership in their communities;
  • willingness to participate fully in the retreats and other CAC activities;
  • interest in both developing their own cultural agility and co-creating resources and learning opportunities for others;
  • capacity to follow through with local, regional, or statewide initiatives that build on the collective process; and
  • creation of a diverse group overall.