With Hurricane Sandy wreaking havoc on our nation's east coast and the election cycle at the pinnacle of its frenzy, the world seems to be in a state of near panic. Yet in the midst of weather and political systems that appear much bigger than we are, even in aggregate, it is clear that what we do have is our individual power and choice. We can choose to reach out to our loved ones on the Atlantic seaboard and we can choose to donate to recovery efforts. We can choose which candidates or referenda we support and we can choose to help get out the vote and make sure every voice is heard.
In 2009, Minnesota was named the most civically engaged state in the nation, due to our storied tradition of voting and volunteering at record rates. We'll make history next Tuesday, not only for ourselves and our current political context, but for the generations of Minnesotans yet to come whose lives will be impacted by how we mark our ballots and subsequently, support our communities and state. Be sure to cast your vote for our shared future, and in so doing, demonstrate that together, we can weather whatever storms come our way.
Seeking GAPSA lunch table conversationalists!
Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA), Minnesota Rising Network Partner
Minnesota Rising has received an invitation from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) at the University of Minnesota to lunch with their current members and connect them to the community. We're looking for 10-15 people in the Minnesota Rising network to participate by speaking with students over the lunch hour and sharing a bit about their background and current community engagement efforts!
Friday, November 9, 2012 12:00pm - 1:30pm The Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
Please RSVP to minnesotarising[at]gmail.com by 5pm on Monday, November 5 with your name, email, and short bio (for use in matching relevant students to your table).
GAPSA is hosting the first day in a series of Advocacy Workshop Seminars for graduate, professional, and undergraduate students. These workshops aim to arm students with basic tools to advocate for social issues that concern them, either for personal reasons, or on behalf of their research or the university.
Un/Conference 2012 Content Curation
While the Un/Conference lasts only one day, the learning and relationships carry forward into our ongoing work and ever-growing networks. In continued curation and sharing of the content from that day, we're making available the presentations and other content from speakers and sessions at the Minnesota Rising 2012 Un/Conference: Leveraging Expansive Leadership for Our Minnesota! Feel free to peruse and pass along the insights and wisdom to your networks. Also, if you haven't yet had a chance to check out images from the daylong event (tag yourself and "like" Minnesota Rising, while you're at it), you can see photos galore on our Facebook page!
Don't forget to tag your upcoming emerging leader events, thoughts, musings, and more,#mnrising, on Twitter and Facebook. Let's aggregate and organize ourselves for increased interaction and potential for collaboration!