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. You don’t need to RSVP unless noted.

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Upcoming Events

Boreas Networking Events Location and Time:
Select Thursdays (see below for dates), 4:30 ­– 6 p.m.
IonE Commons, Room R350 of the Learning and Environmental Sciences Center
1954 Buford Ave, Saint Paul

November 9 – Special Guests, The Cutting Edge of Professional Development: Lessons from Science House
Learn from the Science Museum of Minnesota’s professional development team, Science House. Science House creates dynamic training in the community focused on equity and organizational change with an outcomes-driven and research-driven edge. They approach organizational change in the following ways:

  • Approaching identity from an intersectional perspective
  • Interrogating professional cultures
  • Building leadership through systems thinking

November 30 – Bottling Confidence: Balancing Imposter Syndrome
Facilitated by the Boreas Student Advisory Team
Being surrounded by brilliant minds in graduate school can make one feel inferior or out of place.  It can feel like a constant battle to “fake it until you make it.”  How can you embrace imposter syndrome and thwart it to be effective in school, life and leadership scenarios? We’ll talk briefly about the research on academics and imposter syndrome and then dive into practical ways to capture moments of capability that can help to sustain motivation and provide a reality check on imposter syndrome.

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.

March 8 – Special Guests: Molly Phipps and 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, 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. 

April 12 – 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.

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.

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.

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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