The Minnesota Campus Compact Annual Luncheon and Awards Summit on April 5 at the University of St. Thomas recognized the 2017 recipients of the Presidents' Community Partner Award, the Presidents' Student Leadership Award, and the Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award.
"Expanding the Circle: Dialogue, Opportunity, and Minnesota's Future" was this year's theme. The event "brings together a variety of civic engagement stakeholders both to celebrate the good work already being done across the state and to consider ways of building on that work for greater impact."
Representing Metropolitan State University was Mark D. Rosen, who received the Presidents' Community Partner Award. Rosen has consistently partnered to expand and strengthen the internship pathway between Augustana Care and Metropolitan State. Rosen is the program director at Open Circle of Hopkins, an adult day program focusing on community, healthy living and independence, improving community outcomes while enriching student learning and workforce development.
Also recognized at the awards luncheon was The Coalition for Increasing Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers in Minnesota, who were awarded the Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award by Metropolitan State President Virginia "Ginny" Arthur. Victor B. Cole, Brett Grant (Voices for Social Justice and TOCAIMN co-chair), Dr. Stanley Brown (Hopkins School District), Dean Rene Antrop-Gonzalez, Professor Paul Spies, Ron Anderson (vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, Minnesota State, and chair, MNCC), Dr. Yvonne RB-Banks and Dr. Rose Chu.
Minnesota Campus Compact is not simply an organization with a board of directors, staff and member presidents. They are a network of people passionate about educating active citizens and engaging higher education institutions in collaborative efforts that build more just, equitable and democratic communities.