Auggies join SOA Watch

SOA3On the weekend before Thanksgiving, 36 Augsburg students and two staff members boarded a charter bus bound for Columbus, Georgia. The group was headed south to join SOA Watch, an independent organization that seeks to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas at Ft. Benning. The trip was sponsored by the Coalition for Student Activism (CSA) at Augsburg.

Wielding signs made for them by school children at Southside Elementary, the group joined more than 20,000 protestors, including students from other colleges in Minneapolis and St. Paul at the gates of the school. Travis Skoog, one of the CSA organizers, said many ACTC schools sent students but Augsburg was the only college to finance the trip through student government funds. “That shows how supportive Augsburg was toward this mission,” Skoog said. Continue reading “Auggies join SOA Watch”

Spirit of MLK Awards honor faculty, students

MLK_awardSocial Work professor Nancy Rodenborg and the Coalition for Student Activism (CSA) were the recipients of the 2008 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Awards. The winners received their awards at the luncheon on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21.

Rodenborg, associate professor and field coordinator of the Social Work bachelor’s degree program, focuses her professional work in preparing students to become culturally-competent social workers. She teaches Diversity and Oppression in Professional Practice, exploring the issues of diversity and social inequality that social workers encounter in their practice.

In the Master of Social Work program, Rodenborg piloted Intergroup Dialogue, a practice engaging students in intentionally diverse dialogue group sessions focusing on race and class that facilitate their development of cultural competence. Continue reading “Spirit of MLK Awards honor faculty, students”