Vision & Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity
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Vision & Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity

Vision & Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity

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Metropolitan State University

Founders Hall

700 7th St E

Saint Paul, MN

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Vision & Voice: Inspiring Civic Agency and Engagement for Equity

October 14, 2016, Metropolitan State University

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, community member, we invite you to join us in addressing this critical question. Students and professionals will co-facilitate a wide variety of interactive sessions on experiential strategies for inclusive leadership, social change, working across differences, and building civic agency. 

Keynote: Brian Lozenski from Macalester College and accompanying artists 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. Examples are listed below. (Participants are also welcome to attend sessions outside of their designated tracks.)

Sessions for Everyone
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
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

Sessions for Students
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 of Macalester College
Systems Thinking for a Complex World with Nishesh Chalise of Augsburg College

Sessions for Professionals
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

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 is September 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Sinda for your discount code at 


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

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

Registration: 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 or 612-436-2080.

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