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Frequently Asked Questions


What is the Sabo Center?

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship is Augsburg University’s civic and community engagement center. Our work spans activities from community engagement, experiential learning, and community-based learning and change-making to leadership development, civic scholarship, sustainability and is rooted in a commitment to democracy as a way of life. Learn more about our mission and philosophy, and get connected with our programs.


What does “Sabo” mean?

Sabo is the surname of our distinguished namesake, Martin Olav Sabo ’59, who was elected to the Minnesota legislature at the age of 22, then went on to serve as minority leader then house speaker before his election to Congress where he served for 28 years. Martin Sabo was a devoted public servant whose leadership continues to inspire our work. Read more about Martin’s life and work.


Where is the Sabo Center located?

The Sabo Center is located in the lower level of Anderson Residence Hall, just across the street from Old Main. Go to the door marked 720 (to the left of the stairs) on 21st Avenue, go down the stairs, and head into the office suite immediately on your left. View a campus map.


How do I get involved at the Sabo Center?

There are lots of ways to get involved! Check out our Programs page to find out more.


Can I get an internship through the Sabo Center?

If you are interested in an internship with a local community organization, staff at the Sabo Center may be able to help you. The Strommen Center also has internship opportunities posted through Handshake.

There are opportunities for internships through the Campus Kitchen program and through the Environmental Stewardship Committee.

The Sabo Center also hosts the Bonner Community Leaders program, which involves community-based work study and a learning cohort. There are certain requirements to participate in Bonner, and you must submit an application. Learn more about Bonner.


Can I volunteer through the Sabo Center?

The Sabo Center does not coordinate or help students find volunteer opportunities out in the community. There are opportunities to share your time and talents through preparing, delivering, and serving meals through the Campus Kitchen program.


How do I apply for Bonner Community Leaders?

You can learn more about Bonner Community Leaders on the Bonner website.


I’m interested in sustainability and someone referred me to the Sabo Center. Who do I contact?

Visit the Environmental Stewardship Committee website to find out more about getting involved in sustainability efforts at Augsburg.


I want to organize around an issue I care about. Can you help me connect with people or organizations?

Quite possibly! Contact one of our staff or stop by, and let’s talk.


More about the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood.

There are lots of ways to learn about Cedar-Riverside.

  1. Attend a neighborhood excursion! Accompany one of our Sabo staff as you talk a walk through Cedar-Riverside. Take a look at the events calendar to find an upcoming excursion.
  2. Learn about history and contemporary landmarks in Cedar-Riverside through Augsburg Digitours.
  3. Check out the websites of some local neighborhood organizations: The Cedar Cultural Center, West Bank Business Association, West Bank Community Development Corporation, KFAI, Mixed Blood Theater, Central Corridor Anchor Partnership, Cedar Riverside Partnership, Brian Coyle Community Center, Cedar Riverside Community School


I’m with a community organization and want to connect to the Sabo Center.

If you have general inquiries about Augsburg and community relations, contact Steve Peacock, Community Relations Director ( If you are interested in connecting about collaborating with courses and faculty, contact Jenean Gilmer, Community Engaged Learning Program Manager ( ).


Who supports the Sabo Center?

We are fortunate to have diverse support from foundations, businesses, and individual donors. Read more about our supporters.