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Community Engagement Forum

Anything is possible when citizens are ENGAGED!

The Community Engagement Forum is a place where NDSU students, faculty, staff and area residents learn about local, regional, and worldwide social justice and community issues. Hear from community leaders and engaged citizens about how to address some of today's most compelling problems.

Upcoming CEF events...

FM Area Homelessness: Increasing Numbers, Creative Solutions

Join us Thursday, February 6th at Noon in the Hidatsa Room on the 2nd floor of the Memorial Union for a panel discussion.

Since 2000, the number of homeless in the metro area has increased dramatically.  Why is this occurring, and what are we as a community are we doing to address this increase? This interactive panel discussion will include local and state leaders working to address this issue.  Panel members include Jan Eliassen, Director of the Gladys Ray Shelter & Veterans Drop In Center, Michael Carbone, Executive Director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People, Lynn Fundingsland, Executive Director at the Fargo Housing and redevelopment Authority, and Laurie Baker, Executive Director of the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons.  Come with questions and ideas!

Stay for refreshments and conversation after the presentation.

Sponsored by the Memorial Union, Equity and Diversity Center 

Mars Up Close and Personal: Heidi Manning and the Mars Rover

Join us Tuesday, March 11 at Noon, Century Theatre 

Concordia Professor of Physics Dr. Heidi Manning will highlight her work on the latest Mars rover project “Curiosity.”  The mission of Curiosity has been to investigate the habitability of the red planet, and has already made significant discoveries after an incredible August, 2012 landing known commonly as the “seven minutes of terror.”  Dr. Manning will discuss her work in preparing Curiosity for its interplanetary voyage as well as her leadership and involvement in the field of physics.

Sponsored by the Memorial Union


This year's previous programs include:

Constitution Day

Constitution Day is nationally celebrated on September 17 to commemorate the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution. The NDSU Memorial Union, Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Student Government have collaborated to create an amazing event in honor of Constitution Day.  
Date: September 17, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. 
Where: Thundar’s Den, (lower level of NDSU Memorial Union)
Program: The program will start with the singing of the National Anthem. President Bresciani will be reading a portion of the Constitution followed by members of Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Student Government.  

Liberty in North Korea

The international grassroots organization Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) will present information on the ongoing humanitarian and refugee crisis in in North Korea.  The presentation will include a screening of the film “Danny from North Korea,” which details a recent refugee’s experience adjusting to a new life of freedom.  Stay for coffee and discussion after the presentation.  Sponsored by the Memorial Union, Office of International Programs and the Office of Equity and Diversity
Date: Monday, October 7, 2013 
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  
Where: MU Gallery (Upper level of NDSU Memorial Union)

Tuskegee Airmen:America's First African American Aviators

Ron Spriggs, oral historian and eight-year U.S. Air Force veteran, will highlight the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen and who overcame segregation in the defeat of the Axis Powers of WWII. 
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Where: MU Century Theater (Upper level of NDSU Memorial Union)
Sponsored by the Equity and Diversity Center, Memorial Union and Compass Program.

Please contact with questions.

If you are interested in learning more about any of the programs listed above please contact the Memorial Union, Student Activities Office. 


“Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.”

 – Excerpt from Civic Responsibility and Higher Education


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