Do you want to make change in your community?
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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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.
Cedar Commons is a neighborhood gathering space near Augsburg’s campus devoted to building community to make change. Monthly events, such as West Bank Open Mic and Interfaith at Cedar Commons, bring together young people from Augsburg and around Cedar Riverside to share art, music, and faith perspectives. We welcome new ideas for this multi-purpose space to deepen relationships among Augsburg University, Trinity Lutheran, the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, and the Twin Cities. For more information, contact Rachel Svanoe, Cedar Commons Coordinator (email@example.com).
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 more informal opportunities in Campus Kitchen, Cedar Commons, and more. Consult with Mary Laurel True, Director of Community Engagement for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org) and visit the Classroom Connections page.
Consultation, Speaking, 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.
The Sabo Center facilitates and convenes groups across campus on a variety of relevant public and university-wide issues. Contact Elaine Eschenbacher to collaborate (email@example.com).
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, or contact Allyson Green (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Leaders for Equity, Action, and Democracy (LEAD) engages undergraduates in public work projects and paid internships at community-based organizations. Students bring energy, commitment, and creativity to communities they engage in while learning about public issues and becoming change agents. LEAD Fellows have a unique opportunity to work, learn, and serve while pursuing their education.
The Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship developed Public Achievemet 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. At Augsburg, students can get involved with Public Achievement by volunteering as a coach at Maxfield Elementary School. For more information, contact Dennis Donovan, National Organizer for Public Achievement (email@example.com).
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 $2,000 scholarship. Sabo Scholars is one of three public leadership scholars programs at Augsburg, alongside the Christensen Scholars and the Interfaith Scholars.
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.