SELFsustain Conference

SELFsustain – February 25 & 26

This year’s event is blended and hosted by all 5 UMN campuses. Friday, February 25 will be virtual and include students from each campus. Saturday, February 26 will be in person, with outdoor recreation activities on each campus. 

The deadline for UMTC students to register for the tubing event on Saturday, February 26 is February 18. Students may still register to attend the Friday Zoom session up until Wednesday, February 23.


Friday, February 25: Virtual event

  • 2:30 pm – Meet other students from across UMN campuses and hear from this year’s guest speakers, Gabe Desrosiers and Vern Northrop.
  • 4pm – Wrap up

Saturday, February 26: In person outdoor activities on each campus 

Twin Cities Campus

  • 1:30 pm – Meet on East Bank at the Lilly Plaza (behind Northrop) to ride together to Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove for snow tubing
  • 2 pm – 4 pm – Snow tubing at Elm Creek (free)!
  • 4:30 pm – Return to campus

Why attend SELFsustain 2022?

  • Learn about community and sustainability
  • Opportunity to share your sustainability story
  • Connect with sustainability leaders from all five UMN campuses
  • Explore the outdoors near your campus!
  • SELFsustain is a free event

Meet our guest speakers

Gabe Desrosiers is lecturer of Anishinaabe Language and Culture at the University of Minnesota – Morris. He is also a language consultant to Native and non-Native communities and an activist in Anishinaabe language revitalization. Gabe will be sharing with us his perspective on the deep relationship between language and the changing seasons and will offer an opportunity for reflection on our time together at SELFsustain.

Vern Northrop (Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe) is an artist and retired wildlands firefighter. He is also the author of Akinomaage: Teaching from the Earth.

SELFsustain History

Each spring, Student Engagement Leadership Forum (SELF) Sustain brings students together from across disciplines and all University of Minnesota campuses to talk about sustainability and their shared interests.

Initiated through the University of Minnesota’s Systemwide Strategic Sustainability Committee, the event is typically a two-day “retreat” with the intention of providing undergraduates the opportunity to share their sustainability efforts, learn about what their peers from other campuses are doing, and build lasting connections with students from other campuses. SELFsustain connects students to one another to share projects ideas and build collaborations. 

The location of SELFsustain rotates between the different UMN campuses, providing students with the opportunity to meet people from their own and other campuses and experience the unique sustainability components of each campus.