The Network is retooling and repurposing itself for the new year. We all know there is a tremendous need for this sort of network, but we have not been able to figure out exactly how to motivate consistent network activity. What do you want this network to do? Get involved and start creating the future for Minnesota Latinos in Higher Education! Email firstname.lastname@example.org, and start working with us right away!
Get involved in MNLHE. It's fun, great networking, and feels good, too. Right now we are looking for members to take on important roles such as treasurer, awards commitee, and Summit planning. We have lots of great ideas, and we want your ideas and help making them come true. Please contact email@example.com and we'll get you invited to the next monthly meeting.
The Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education(MNLHE) will hold their annual Summit October 6th at the University of Minnesota's Walter Library 4th floor from 9am - 4pm. Faculty, staff, and graduate students on the Summit's committee recommended a 1-day summit due to the budget and time constraints faced by participants. Please register soon so we know how much food to order for the complimentary lunch. The following colleges and universities have paid an institutional membership of $360 for their students, staff, and faculty to register and attend for free: St Cloud State University, MSU Moorhead, and Hennepin Technical College
On June 7, and 8, 2012 the MNLC will sponsor a round table discussion involving Latinos who are in advocacy roles for social and civic change throughout Minnesota. The two-day Round Table activities will include a Wednesday evening community reception to welcome the 60 Participants and also introduce invited community leaders. Thursday will include an all-day training and small breakout sessions where participants will develop regional action agendas and will hear from renowned national Latino speakers. This collaborative approach will bring “seasoned” Latino advocates and leaders under one setting and provide a platform to discuss common interests, needs, and opportunities.
It is important to note that the work of the MNLC, and the Round Table Discussion is not led or sponsored by any political party interest. It is designed as nonpartisan to provide advance training for Latinos in strategies, and the process and rules of social and civic engagement.
The 2011 Summit featured great content but was somewhat slim on attendance. On Friday evening, we welcomed the Assistant Commissioner of the MN Department of Education, Elia Dimayuga-Bruggeman, to Hennepin Technical College's Brooklyn Park campus, where we shared a wonderful meal and discussion about enrollment trends and K-12 collaboration opportunities. Thanks to Cecelia Cervantes, President of Hennepin Tech for the gracious hosting, and to Elia for fitting MNLHE into her busy schedule.
On Saturday we reconvened at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities where over twenty different presenters participated in sessions around the theme "Claiming Space and Creating Community." Thanks to the faculty, staff, and students who offered their experience, research, and expertise to the group as we reconnected as we do every fall. Check out the Summit Schedule for details on the presenter and topics.
The Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education seeks proposals for individual presentations or panels focused on all aspects of the Latin@ community past and present. In identifying the theme of the 2011 MNLHE Summit as "Claiming Space and Creating Community" the network invites the membership of students staff, and faculty to share their creative talents, intellectual projects, and/or their political work in local communities or on their campuses. How we claim space and create community in local institutions, communities, and in our personal lives is crucial to our survival and well-being. Sharing how we achieve this, our successes, challenges, and vision for this work is but another way of building community, cultivating support for one another, and ensuring that we not only survive but thrive.
The Network Executive Committee would like to explore presenting an organizational award or awards at the Summit in 2011. This is a prime leadership opportunity for someone who wants to help create a new, prestigious award. What behavior do we want to encourage in our membership? What does it mean to be an outstanding member of the Minnesota Network of Latinos in Higher Education? Should we award individuals or institutions? We want someone who is interested in framing the award criteria and working with the Executive Committee on the process of selecting initial recipient(s). Do any of you want to get involved in getting this vision off the ground? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.