SELFsustain Conference

SELFsustain – April 1 & 15, 2021 from 11:30am – 3:00pm 

Virtual event hosted by UMN Crookston. Students and the general University community are welcome to join us to learn about indigenous identity, community and sustainability! Register below to attend the public presentations. 

The deadline for students to register for the full conference has passed. Students can still register using the community member link to the right to attend public presentations.

Student Schedule

Thursday, April 1: Rethinking and Remaking Relations: Sovereignty, Sustainability & TRUTH with An Garagiola-Bernier, Ben Yawakie & Laura Payner

  • 11:30am-12pm: Introductions & Welcome
  • 12-1pm: Land Acknowledgement & Presentation
  • 1-2pm: Round Table Discussions 1
  • 2-3pm: Round Table Discussions 2

Thursday, April 15: The Cultural Toolbox: Indigenous Identity, Community & Sustainability with Dr. Anton Treuer

  • 11:30am-12pm: Introductions & Welcome
  • 12-1pm: Land Acknowledgement & Presentation
  • 1-2pm: Round Table Discussions 1
  • 2-3pm: Round Table Discussions 2

Community Schedule

Thursday, April 1: Rethinking and Remaking Relations: Sovereignty, Sustainability & TRUTH with An Garagiola-Bernier, Ben Yawakie & Laura Payner

  • 12-1pm: Land Acknowledgement & Presentation

Thursday, April 15: The Cultural Toolbox: Indigenous Identity, Community & Sustainability with Dr. Anton Treuer

  • 12-1pm: Land Acknowledgement & Presentation

Meet the Speakers

The following individuals will be presenting during the presentations open to students and all University community members, starting at noon on April 1 and 15.

Funding for SELFsustain 2021 is provided by  the University of Minnesota Extension Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (NWRSDP) and an Institute on the Environment (IonE) Mini Grant. We are grateful to NWRSDP and IonE for their support. 

Why attend SELFsustain 2021?

  • Learn about indigenous identity, community and sustainability
  • Opportunity to share your sustainability story
  • Connect with sustainability leaders from all five UMN campuses
  • SELFsustain is a free event

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. This year’s virtual event is hosted by UMN Crookston. 

2015 schedule, hosted by UMN Crookston

Friday

Buffet luncheon in the Prairie Lounge in Student Center.

“Students taking a giant step for Sustainability Action on the UMC campus.” “

Sustainability on the Crookston campus and the community – overview of ongoing activities”

Campus tour, including Evergreen Hall Classroom, UMC’s LEED residence hall and the first in the U of MN system.

Discussion buzz in Evergreen Hall.

Welcome by Director of Residential Life and Crookston Mayor, Gary Willhite. Drive by look and “kick the tires” of the Castle Park Nature Space.

Comments by Linda Kingery and Eric Castle. More comments later during evening program.

Dine-out at the Red River Valley Natural History Area Nature Center, featuring brisket and some local foods.

Fire in the fire place and in outdoor fire pits.

Program at Nature Center at Red River Valley Natural History Area Refreshments and presentation on, “Natural History of the Red River Valley” by Dan Svedarsky

Campfire, conversation, and s’mores.

Saturday

Dark thirty (about 4:30 a.m.) Prairie grouse courtship viewing on the prairie booming ground.

Breakfast at Dan’s House on the Prairie, in the midst of the prairie awakening of migrating birds and sunrises.

Workshop – Katie Lederman, Workshop coordinator along with individual campus attendees.

Fast and furious, lightening talks.

Round-table discussions in breakout sessions.

Buffet lunch and continue discussion of topics in Evergreen Grill.

What have we learned and what is the future of student leadership and sustainability activism?

Wrap up and disperse after Zugunruhe* sets in. (* Pre-migratory restlessness)

Students from all University of Minnesota campuses are welcome! Limited spaces are available.