Frequestly Asked Questions

The Boreas program is a co-curricular program for graduate and professional students and postdocs. Participants can apply to take short courses and workshops in media and communications, integrative leadership, and systems thinking and tools.  These short courses and workshops are offered on different schedules during the semester.

Participants may take any combination of courses they choose and for which they are accepted. In addition to the short courses and workshops, professional networking opportunities are open to all interested people at the University.

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Who teaches the Boreas Leadership Program?

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) offers the Boreas Leadership Program. Courses and workshops are taught by staff and faculty associated with the IonE, faculty from the Center for Integrative Leadership, and invited environmental leadership professionals.

Do I need to apply to the Boreas Leadership Program?

You will need to fill out a short application to participate in Boreas program short courses and workshops. You can find the application here. You do not need to apply to attend networking events.

Who is eligible to apply to the Boreas Leadership Program?

The Boreas Program is open to all current University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and postdocs.

What background or coursework do I need to be involved in the program?

You do not need specialized courses or background to participate in the Boreas

Is this program only for people in environment-related disciplines?

No. The Boreas program is designed for students of all fields who are interested in environmental leadership.

When are applications due?

Applications for Fall 2011 short courses and workshops are due September 21, 2011. If you miss the fall deadline or are not accepted in all of the workshops or short courses you chose, check back for the spring 2012 application.

When and where are short courses and workshops offered?

The short courses and workshops are offered on varying schedules throughout the semester.  Some require a commitment of a few hours, while other take place over a two- or three-day period. You can see the exact dates for courses on the application.  The Boreas program takes place at the Institute of the Environment, which is located in the Learning and Environmental Sciences building on the St. Paul campus. 

Do I get credit for participating in the Boreas Leadership Program?

Participants do not receive academic credit for Boreas short courses or workshops. If you take a set amount of the short courses and workshops, you will receive a certificate of completion.

How much time should I expect to spend outside preparing for the courses?

Some preparatory readings or work will be expected for the courses.  You can expect about one to two hours of prep time.

How can I find out more information about the Boreas Leadership Program?

Send an email to with further questions.

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