Networking Events

Boreas Networking Events

At Boreas, we believe developing as a leaders takes more than skills, it takes a community of people to support development as well as a network to extend impact.

Boreas networking events give students the opportunity to develop relationships with peers from across the University while learning from established and emerging environmental leaders about the challenges and opportunities of creating change. Our gatherings are a mix of leadership conversations organized by participants around a topic of their choosing and dialogues with emerging and established environmental leaders in the broader community. We believe in providing a forum for building community through discussions, collaboration and fun. At least twice a semester, we invite special guests to share their leadership insights and lessons. These guests include innovators, change makers and leaders from across sectors.

Set in a relaxed atmosphere where interactive dialogue is encouraged (and food is always present!), our events offer a chance to dive deeper into perspectives on how leadership works, change happens and impactful careers develop.

Our community and networking events are open to all University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-docs. Check out our current schedule below. Submitting an RSVP is not required. You are always welcome to attend!

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Upcoming Community Hours

Location and Time:
Select Thursdays (see below for dates), 4:30 ­– 6 p.m.
IonE Commons, Room R350 of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building

January 25 – Spring Kick-off
Facilitated by the Boreas Student Advisory Team
At Boreas we are looking for graduate and professional students (and post-docs!) who are interested in developing as the leaders and change agents society needs to make progress on complex challenges like sustainability. Is that you? If so, get involved with Boreas.

February 22 – Speaking Science: Creating a Community of Practice
Being able to effectively communicate our science is a priority for many of us. We had a great turnout for the Speaking Science conference and now we want to explore how we can create a community of practice at the University of Minnesota. Join us for a lively discussion on how we can better communicate our science and develop a community of practitioners who co-create opportunities for training and practice. RSVP here.

March 8 – The Intersection of Art and Science
Special Guests: Molly Phipps, Linda Buturian, & Sam Graf
Talking about climate change in ways that engage a broad audience can be difficult, but ArtScience methodologies offer an intriguing interdisciplinary approach. Join us as we welcome Dr. Molly Phipps, who has worked on projects with the Science Museum of Minnesota, Climate Generation, and Minnesota Association of Environmental Educators; Linda Buturian, a Senior Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota whose teaching focuses on digital storytelling that connects academic work to students’ personal and collective experiences; and Sam Graf, outreach coordinator for the Backyard Phenology project. They will share their experiences cultivating projects that seize the unique opportunities that come with interdisciplinary work in the arts and sciences. RSVP here.

April 12 – The Broader Impacts of Science
Special Guest: Jennifer Powers, Associate Professor in Ecology Evolution and Behavior

Academics spend a lot of time learning how to acquire new knowledge and disseminate it within academic circles. However, academics struggle to realize the full potential that their research can bring to society. Dr. Jennifer Powers is an academic scientist whose career demonstrates how ‘Broader Impacts’ activities can enhance not just the societal value of academic research, but also the quality of the research itself. She will share her experiences and discuss the joys and struggles of forging a meaningful career in academia. RSVP here.

Boreas Science Improv Series

Tuesdays: March 6, March 20 and April 3
4:30-6 p.m. in LES R-380
Would you like to be better at communicating your science? Join us for improvisational games as we build our skills in becoming better science communicators and co-create a community of practice. RSVP here.

Lunch & Learns

12-1 p.m. in LES R-350
You bring your lunch and we provide the desserts and beverages. Learn a new skill or a way of engaging in your scholarship.

February 8 – Science to Public Service: Experiences from Science and Technology Policy AAAS Fellows
Students will learn about panelist’s’ overall AAAS experience, opportunities gained from it, career paths, and some of the nitty-gritty on how to apply and be successful.

Anna Henderson – AAAS Fellowship: Congressional Fellow with Senator Franken working on Energy, Environment, and Agriculture policy.
Current position: Water Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith.
Dan King – AAAS Fellowship: U.S. Department of Energy in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Current position: Product Developer at Xcel Energy
Lindsey Hillesheim – AAAS Fellowship: Policy Advisor, Office of International Health & Biodefense, Bureau of Oceans, Environment & Science, Dept of State
Current position: Director of Business Development, Adventium Labs
Roberta Downing – AAAS Fellowship: Congressional Fellow for Senator Edward M. Kennedy in the health policy office of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.
Current position: Director of Federal Relations at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science for the benefit of all people. Part of AAAS programs are Science and Technology Fellowships to connect science with policy by training scientists and engineers in policymaking to work in government so they can contribute their knowledge and analytical skills in the policy realm. RSVP here.

February 20 – Decolonization, Environmental (In)Justice and Community Engagement
What are the particular struggles of indigenous and people of color communities around environmental (in)justice in the United States? How can scholars across disciplines work towards more responsible and critical research approaches that center these communities? And lastly, why is decolonization integral to our way of moving forward? Feminist Studies Ph.D student José Manuel Santillana will be discussing his work on environmental (in)justice and Mexican immigrant women in Central California. He will further address the ways in which scholars can facilitate solidarity and liberatory research practices. RSVP here.

May 1 – Navigating the Nexus of Policy, Regulation and Leadership
Join us for a conversation with Brad Moore, Executive Vice President of Environmental and Governmental Affairs of Polymet Mining. With more than 25 years of experience in regulatory and government relations, Moore has worked for a number of state agencies, including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Department of Commerce. We’ll discuss the webs of policy, regulation and industry and the leadership lessons he’s learned along the way. RSVP here.

Boreas’ goals are to enhance the Boreas community through informal gatherings centered on topics with connections to environmental leadership, graduate education, professional development or whatever participants choose. We hope to:

  1. Provide a forum to tackle big questions, share insights, get feedback and solve problems.
  2. Empower Boreas participants by opening up Boreas programming to different perspectives, interests and ideas.
  3. Cultivate collegial relationships through collaboration and conversation among a diverse group of peers.

Show up! All University of Minnesota graduate and professional students and post-docs are invited to attend. No application or RSVP is necessary, unless noted.


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