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Democracy is the everyday work of people innovating together to solve problems and make change. At the Sabo Center, we strengthen democracy by working with students, educators, and community members to build the skills necessary to turn their passion for change into practice.

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Campus KitchenCampus Kitchen volunteers carrying food bags

Part of our place-based work, Campus Kitchen at Augsburg University works to make healthy food accessible to all in and around the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Campus Kitchen cultivates engagement between Augsburg and Cedar-Riverside around issues of health, wellness, and sustainability, and offers opportunities for student learning and leadership development through meal preparation, food distribution, community gardening, and health education.

Learn more about how to get involved with Campus Kitchen.


Community-Based Learning

Every year, numerous courses at Augsburg include an experiential learning component that connects students with community organizations through research, field trips, guest speakers, service learning, and public impact projects. Students also participate in community-based learning through co-curricular opportunities like Campus Kitchen, Augsburg Local, and more. Visit the Classroom Connections page for more detail.


Consultation, Speaking, Facilitation, and Training

Experienced staff from the Sabo Center offer internal and external consultation, speaking, and training around organizing basics (i.e. one-to-one meetings, power mapping, public narrative), leadership, Public Achievement, public work, deliberative dialogue, democracy and non-violence, and more. See the Consultation, Speaking, and Training page of this website for more information.


Environmental Stewardship

Living out an intentional commitment to responsibly nurture all aspects of sustainability – environmental, economic, and social – on our campus, in our neighboring community, and among our institutional partners, the Sabo Center hosts a team of paid student interns who work alongside the Chief Sustainability Officer to make positive environmental changes in our practices, facilities, curriculum, and campus culture. Visit the Environmental Stewardship webpage for more information.

Bonner Community Leaders
LEAD Fellows 2018 group photo

The Bonner Community Leaders (BCL) program is a part of a nationally recognized network of leadership and scholarship programs through the Bonner Foundation. Augsburg BCL is an intentionally diverse cohort of 20-25 students who commit to doing civic and community-based work and contribute to building a more just world, working in and with communities surrounding Augsburg University.

Apply to be a Bonner Leader.


Public AchievementDennis Donovan working with school children

The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship developed Public Achievement as a youth civic organizing model in 1990. Today, Public Achievement is used in schools and communities across the United States and around the world. Read more about Public Achievement.


Sabo ScholarsMartin Sabo

The Sabo Scholars program is a yearlong student seminar exploring civic and public life, providing a unique opportunity for students to study the political process, work on public policy, and explore careers in public service. The cohort meets weekly for an academic seminar and civic engagement project work. Participants are eligible for a $2,500 scholarship.

Learn more and apply to be a Sabo Scholar.



The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship offers workshops and training sessions on topics related to civic, community, and political engagement. Workshops are open to students, staff, faculty, and community members. See upcoming workshops on our events calendar.