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FAQ: The Advocacy Unit

The Advocacy Unit is on hiatus until Summer 2020. Please check back later for more information. 



At Camp


About The Advocacy Unit

The MNDUL’s mission is to empower students through competitive academic debate to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens who are effective advocates for themselves and their communities.

We are excited to offer a new summer camp section called The Advocacy Unit. The unit is for campers who want to explore ways of creating change in their communities around issues they are passionate about. This 5-day skills lab will focus on social justice and advocacy, with building blocks of argumentation, research and public speaking.

The Advocacy Unit is on hiatus until Summer 2020. Please check back later for more information. 

For more on The Advocacy Unit, see this blog post about our summer 2016 session.

Commuter Information

This daytime only unit will be for commuters. Parents/Guardians are responsible for picking up and dropping off students. We will also provide a 7-day bus pass for students who request one.

Arrival Time

Commuter Students:

Registration will take place on Monday, please plan to arrive early to complete the process

  • Campers should arrive between 9am – 9:45am to register before the opening meeting at 10am on Monday, July 8th. Registration will be held in the atrium of The Foss Center on Augsburg’s campus in Minneapolis.
  • At registration you will receive camp materials. You should be prepared to pay the remaining balance of your institute fee at registration. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg University).

Departure Time

Camp will end with a community and family celebration on Saturday July 14, 2018. Staff and campers are expected to attend, though there may be additional activities, camp will officially end at 3pm on Saturday.

  • The Advocacy Unit ends:
    •  Saturday, July 13, 2019



Costs for this camp can be found below (scholarships are available). There is a $35 deposit due by July 1, 2019. The remaining tuition is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in July 8, 2019. Pay the deposit if you can, if you have questions – email or call.

We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg University), and credit card payments.

The Advocacy Unit Pricing, (full or partial scholarships are available):

  • 1 Week Advocacy Camp, lunch + snacks provided – $325
  • Its our goal to make camp work for all interested students, if you have any questions contact us.

Access the scholarship application here:

Payment Due Date

A $35 deposit is due by July 1, 2019.

The remaining balance is due by the first day of camp at registration/check-in, July 9, 2019. We are able to accept credit cards, cash, and checks (payable to Augsburg University).


  • Early bird registration – $25 off by registering before June 23, 2019
  • Returning student – $25 off


Our top priority is for students with any level of resources to be able to attend TAU. Students should fill out and return The Advocacy Unit Scholarship Application by July 1, 2019. Scholarship applications will be made available February 1, 2019.

At Camp

A typical day in The Advocacy Unit begins at 10:00am and ends at 5:30pm with breaks for lunch and snacks –students who choose the dinner plan will join the Policy debate campers after our camp lets out for the day. A variety of activities will be planned to work through the themes of social justice, advocacy, research, speech, debate and argumentation.

This camp is meant to be a learning experience, but also a place where listening to the voices of young, bright minds will happen.

What to Bring

  • Laptop Computer —if available (if not we should be able to accommodate)
  • Pen, paper, notebook, markers
  • Spending money (vending machines)
  • Comfortable clothing/shoes
  • Umbrella/Poncho

May I bring my car?

Students may park on campus. No student will be allowed to operate a vehicle while camp is in session.

What about computers?

We encourage students to bring a laptop if one is available. All campers will have access to institute and Augsburg University computers during the workshop as needed.

What should I wear?

Casual attire is entirely appropriate. Augsburg has a variety of air-conditioning options for buildings, so layers are a good idea.

Where do we eat?

Meals are provided by the Augsburg University food service. Meals are served buffet-style in the cafeteria and can accommodate persons with any special dietary needs. Let us know if you have vegetarian or other dietary requirements so we can ensure any such needs are met.

Are off-campus ventures allowed?

Students will not be allowed to leave campus unless their parent/guardian informs the camp director of their permission to do so at registration. We will have permission forms available for you to fill out then. You will also be provided with an ‘absences’ sheet in your Welcome Packet, on which you may indicate any absences in advance.

If reasons for leaving campus come up, parents/guardians must inform the MDAW administrative assistant of these instances, so that a student can be cleared by camp staff to leave campus. Advanced notice is appreciated. If such situations arise, please call 612-330-1730 and/or email

Campus Safety

All staff have undergone a background check by Augsburg University and UDL staff are on the premises at all times.

Campus security maintains 24-hour surveillance of the campus. They can be reached at 612-330-1717 if there is an emergency.

You may also call the MDAW office 612-330-1730 during business hours for help as well.

Contacting my student

Weekdays between 9am – 5:30pm:

Please contact the MDAW main office on campus at 612-330-1730.

All other times:

Please contact Genesia Williams at 612-205-7531.

Students are also permitted to bring cell phones, but we ask that they do not allow them to become distracting. Also, it is helpful to note that though you may contact your student at will, cell service can be spotty in some of the older buildings.