SELFsustain Conference

SELFsustain 2023 – Save the date!

This year’s event will be hosted by the Duluth campus, October 6th – 8th, 2023.

Learn more & apply by priority deadline Thursday, September 7th. Final deadline, if there is still space, is Thursday, September 14th.

Why attend SELFsustain?

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

SELFsustain History

Each year, 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 three-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.

Curious about content?

See examples of and learn about former guest speakers from when the Twin Cities Campus hosted in 2022.

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.