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Vision & Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency & Engagement for Equity

October 14, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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How can we build on Minnesota’s strong tradition of civic and community engagement to advance racial equity, both on and off campus? Whether you identify primarily as a student, staff, faculty, or community member, we invite you to join us in addressing this critical question.


Brian Lozenski from Macalester College and accompanying artists Keno Eval, William Harris, and Amani Ward will offer a keynote exploring the dimensions of vision and voice:  Vision can be ideological, pragmatic, active, reactive, experiential, or dreamt. Voice is an articulation of a vision that can be political, spiritual, artistic, active, and contested. How will we choose to engage these concepts? 

Breakout Workshops:

The day will include a wide variety of breakout workshop sessions with tracks for students, professionals, and everyone focused on the themes of self, us, and now. (Participants are also welcome to attend sessions outside of their designated tracks.)

  • Creating Inclusive Spaces in Higher Education: Students Voices Video Project with Sophia Geng, Brenda Montes, and Brandyn Woodard of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and Rachel Svanoe of Augsburg College
  • Dialogue and Deliberation Across the Curriculum with Marla Kanengieter-Wildeson of St. Cloud State University, Kara Lindaman of Winona State University, and student dialogue facilitators
  • Dreaming Freedom, Facing Reality with Brian Lozenski of Macalester College with youth colleagues Saffiyah Alaziz, Sierra Al-Ahad, Markus Jackson, and Amani Ward
  • Facilitating Reflection, Engaging Challenging Topics: Tools and Resources for Creating Space and Supporting Student Leaders with Samira Ahmed and Laura Dammer Hess of the University of Minnesota
  • Finding Your Flow in Any Life Arena: The 12 Dimensions with Bruce Jacksonof the Institute for Applied Human Excellence and the C. Charles Jackson Foundation
  • Unscripting Civics: Improv Tools for Equitable Engagement with Tane Danger of The Theater of Public Policy
  • Using Participatory Action Research to Inform Education and Engagement with Anita Chikkatur of Carleton College, Carol Bruess of the University of St. Thomas, Katie Johnston-Goodstar of the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Nicola Pine of the St. Paul Neighborhood Network, and Gemma Punti of the University of Minnesota Rochester and student colleagues
  • Asset and Deficit Approaches to Collaborative Work with Awale Osman and students from Normandale Community College
  • The Action Star Framework: Leading for Change with Jamie Randall and students from North Hennepin Community College
  • Circles of My Multicultural Selves: Navigating Experiences of Inclusion and Exclusion with Brandyn Woodard and Brenda Montes from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University
  • Facilitation for Courageous Space with Megan Voorhees of the University of Minnesota
  • Public Narrative: Story of Self with Derek Johnson and Virginia Flurry of Macalester College
  • Systems Thinking for a Complex World with Nishesh Chalise of Augsburg College
  • Counterstories of Community Engagement: Addressing Race and Racism in Engaged Teaching and Scholarship with Tania D. Mitchell of the University of Minnesota
  • Civic Agency: Citizen Capacities and Institutional Culture with Harry Boyte and Elaine Eschenbacher of Augsburg College
  • Pursing Equity through Paid Community-Based Work and Learning Experiences with D’Ann Urbaniak-Lesch and Elizabeth Dunens of  St. Catherine University
  • Weaving Together Diversity Support, Leadership, and Community Engagement through Interdepartmental Initiatives with Cheryl Chatman and Kelly Matthias of Concordia University, St. Paul

Register as a team

We encourage campuses to send a team of students and professionals who together will bring tools, strategies, and ideas back to campus and share them with others. To register as a team, please identify a staff/faculty team captain to manage registration for your group. When the captain purchases a team ticket for the number of individuals you’d like to bring, we’ll send you a separate registration sheet to name your team members later, by October 6, 2016.

Student and team registration scholarships

We have a number of scholarships available for students. We also have scholarships for institutions that would like to send a team of professionals and students but don’t have the resources to pay for students’ registration. Scholarships are initially limited to five students per campus. We also have resources available to offset some travel costs for student groups traveling from outside the Twin Cities. All scholarship support will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. To request a scholarship, please contact Sinda at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org.

Student Presidents’ award and Newman award recipient scholarships

If you are a student who received a Presidents’ Student Leadership Award or Newman Civic Fellows Award in 2016, you and your guest may enjoy a complimentary ticket. (An award recipient can send a guest without attending themselves, if need be.) The deadline to claim your ticket isSeptember 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Sinda for your discount code at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org.


9:30 a.m.  Registration and networking time – light refreshments available

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Opening Plenary

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Breakout Session 1

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Session 2

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Session 3

3:30 p.m. Adjourn


Metropolitan State University, 700 7th St E, St Paul, MN 55106. Registration will take place in Founders Hall just outside the auditorium on the ground floor. View a campus map here


Parking will be available in the St. Paul campus ramp free of charge.


Complimentary tickets for student Presidents’ and Newman Award recipients are available until September 16, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Regular registration is available until October 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm. Registration refunds will not be available after registration closes.

With questions

Contact Sinda Nichols at sinda {at} mncampuscompact(.)org or 612-436-2080.

If you need disability related accommodations, including parking, to make these events accessible, please contact the Center for Accessibility Resources, 651-793-1549 or Accessibility.Resources {at} metrostate(.)edu.

This conference is made possible in part with support from the C. Charles Jackson Foundation.

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Metropolitan State University – Founders Hall 700 7th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55106


October 14, 2016
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Metropolitan State University
700 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55106 United States
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