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, faculty and researchers. 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 dates 3:30 – 5 p.m.
IonE Commons, Room R350 of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Building
Wednesday, Jan. 30th – Boreas Spring Kickoff – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO HARSH WEATHER
Wednesday, Feb. 20th – Building Balance
With increasingly complicated schedules and home-lives, achieving a healthy work-life balance can be challenging, especially in academia. Each of us is multifaceted, and it can be hard to disentangle work from the rest of our lives. During this Community Hour, we will discuss how to find a balance that is right for you with peers who have been there—balancing families, life as an international student, and success at the university and beyond. RSVP Here.
Wednesday, Mar. 13th – How Will Your Thesis Change The World RSVP
The Boreas Community is full of talented graduate students who are in graduate school for more than a certification of their qualifications. Join us for a series of thesis presentations with a spin by the senior members of our community. A thesis is more than a necessary requirement or preparation for future publications; it’s a stepping stone to change the world. RSVP Here
Wednesday, Apr. 17th – De-Colonizing Research and Practice Through Community Based Participatory Action Research
As graduate students, researchers, and professors, how can we can acknowledge colonizing research and practice in our own fields? How can we name, resist and transform traditional academic practices that marginalize diverse understandings of knowledge production and ways of knowing? How can we do research that is real, responsive, meaningful, and grounded in contextually relevant issues in our local communities? Community-based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR) is an approach of doing community-driven research with (not on) communities via a process that includes shared power and knowledge creation. During this Community Hour, three CBPR practitioners will guide us through the key tenets of CBPR and discuss the ways in which we might apply these ideas in our own work in an effort towards respectful, responsive and ethical research that benefits communities. RSVP Here
Boreas Science Improv Series
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30: Feb 14th, 21st & 28th, March 7th & 14th
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.
Do you want to move toward zero waste, but aren’t sure where to start? Do you get stuck on which lifestyle changes will have the most impact? Alyssa Erding, founder of Zilchin Consulting, helps individuals and organizations find ways to reduce waste that align with their values and lifestyles, so that change is more sustainable, accessible, and practical.
Wednesday, Feb. 13th – The Art of Activism with Ricardo Levins Morales
Ricardo Levins Morales describes himself as a “healer and trickster organizer disguised as an artist.” His activism has included support work for the Black Panthers and Young Lords to participating in or acting in solidarity with farmers, environmental, labor, racial justice and peace movements. Increasingly he has come to see his art and organizing practices as means to address individual, collective and historical trauma. He co-leads workshops on trauma and resilience for organizers as well as trainings on creative organizing, social justice strategy and sustainable activism, and mentors and supports young activists. His art has won numerous awards but the greatest affirmation is the uses to which it has been put by grassroots movements and communities.
How do you use the Internet to make the leap from scientist with a degree to scientist with a voice? Alex Reich studied climate change and globalization through human food consumption, but he’s now busy feeding the science of sustainability to over 2,000,000 subscribers as one of the creators of the YouTube channel MinuteEarth (as well as through Hot Mess, a PBS YouTube channel about climate change that he helped start last year). Bring your lunch and learn about the art of translating your science into accessible, digital stories.
What does it take to serve and advocate for the interests of thousands of people in a broad and diverse industry? Kevin Paap, President of the Minnesota Farm Bureau, represents nearly 30,000 members in 78 Minnesota counties, and helps advocate for policies and the collective interests of Minnesota’s agricultural community.
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:
- Provide a forum to tackle big questions, share insights, get feedback and solve problems.
- Empower Boreas participants by opening up Boreas programming to different perspectives, interests and ideas.
- 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.
- Andy Revkin, New York Times blogger and environmental thought leader
- Peter Frosch, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Greater MSP
- Ned Brooks, Environmental Justice Coordinator, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Mark Ritchie, Champion of the Minnesota World’s Fair and former Minnesota Secretary of State
- Stephen Bridges, British Consul General in Chicago
- Pakou Hang, Executive Director, Hmong American Farmers Association
- Patrick Hamilton, Program Director, Global Change Initiatives, Science Museum of Minnesota
- Stephanie Gripne, Director, Impact Finance Center
- Representative Melissa Hortman, Chair of the Minnesota House of Representatives Energy Policy Committee
- Wood Turner, VP of Sustainability at Stonyfield
- Jamshed Merchant, Canada’s Consul General in Minneapolis
- Carl Michaud, Director, Environmental Services, Hennepin County
- Pete Swenson, Director, Sustainable Enterprise, Tennant Company
- Lars Leafblad, Leadership and Engagement Director, The Bush Foundation
- Diane Tran, Project Manager, Grassroots Solutions
- Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President and CEO of the MN High Tech Association, former Speaker of the MN House of Representatives
- Danny Schwartzman, Founder of Common Roots Cafe
- Mike Conley, Founder and CEO of Weathering the Storm LLC
- May Boeve, Co-Founder and Executive Director of 350.org
- John Linc Stine, Commissioner of MN Pollution Control Agency
- Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy
- Neil Hawkins, Vice President for Sustainability at Dow Chemical Company
- Paul Helgeson, Sustainability Manager at Gold’n Plump Poultry
- Nicole Rom, Executive Director of the Will Steger Foundation
- Shawn Otto, Author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America
- Rebecca Otto, Minnesota State Auditor
- Andy Holdsworth, Science Policy at MN Department of Natural Resources
- Chuck Dayton, Environmental Attorney
- Elizabeth Wilson, Associate Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
- Jack Dangermond, Founder of Environmental Systems Research Institute
- Dana Mortenson, Co-Founder and Executive Director of World Savvy
- Craig Wilson, Managing Partner at Sustology
Learn to Love Networking– Article from the Harvard Business Review
10 Tips for Successful Business Networking
The Introvert’s Guide to Networking– YouTube video
Susan Cain: Networking for Introverts– YouTube video
Think Fast, Talk Smart: Communication Techniques-YouTube video