As our mission states, “The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community, committed to intentional diversity in its life and work.” What does it mean to be committed to intentional diversity? With respect to our students, it means that we recruit a diverse student body and create an inclusive, supportive learning environment that enables them to be successful . It also means that we prepare all of our students to effectively work in a diverse, global environment. For ourselves, it means that we recruit diverse faculty and staff, and create an inclusive, supportive work environment that enables them to be meaningfully involved in the work of Augsburg College.

Programming includes the Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference, Focus on Our Neighbors, Inclusiveness Circles, and The  Dean’s Internationalization Summer Travel Grant. Key partners include HR, General Education, the Office of International Programs, Student Affairs, and Academic Affairs.

The Feminist Film Series and Brown Bag Lunch Series; the Native American Film Series; Soup, Gender, and Sexuality Series; and Ally Training also contribute to this purpose

Inclusiveness Learning Circle

CTL also supports a learning circle or book group in the area of inclusiveness. The current inclusiveness reading circle is Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (Issues of Our Time) by Claude M. Steele. 

Facilitators: Joyce Miller & Matt Maruggi
Schedule: 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thursdays (October 17, November 7, December 12)
Augsburg Room

Nothing explains this tour de force better than the title itself, which refers to the revealing story of a young black man who realizes that he can defuse fears of white people by whistling melodies from Vivaldi. With this and countless other examples drawn from the groundbreaking research, social psychologist Claude Steele sheds new light on how pervasive stereotypes can actually influence behavior and performance, especially in the educational setting, and how these stereotypes left unexamined can perpetuate themselves.

Faculty and staff may sign up for the Reading Circle and pick up a book in the Department of Nursing, SC 116. Participants are also invited to have lunch in the cafeteria courtesy of the Batalden Endowment.

Schedule of reading
October 17, pp. 1-62
November 7, pp. 63-133
December 12, pp. 134-219

Creating an Inclusive Campus Conference

The fifth annual conference was held May 22-23 and was designed to feature key developments in fulfilling our commitment to intentional diversity and global learning at Augsburg College. For more information, see  2013 Creating an Inclusive Campus: Conference Schedule.

Focus on Our Neighbors

This year we will focus on Native American Voices, so check back later for details.

To serve our neighbors and be inclusive of all members of our community, we need to learn more about each other. This year, CTL in conjunction with the Sabo Center and Ethnic Student Services, is offering a series of opportunities to learn more.

Dean’s Internationalization Summer Travel Grant

Two competitive internationalization travel grants (up to $2500 for airfare) are available to support teaching, scholarship, or service collaborations with Augsburg International Programs or Partner Institutions that facilitate internationalizing the Augsburg campus and curriculum. Applications are due January 15. See the grant section of this website.

Recipients of the 2013 grants were Adriane Brown, Women’s Studies, and M. Elise Marubbio, American Indian Studies.

Adriane used her grant to work with CGE faculty in Mexico, Nicaragua, and El Salvador to construct an accessible, internationalized, and interdisciplinary seminar based in Minneapolis but technologically connected to geographic locations across the world. She envisions this course as a combination of traditional study, international dialogue, and on-the-ground experience with Twin Cities activists.   One essential component of the course will be weekly videoconferences with CGE faculty and activists as well as with college students and faculty from other parts of the world. The videoconferences would engage people in dialogues about topics that might range from pressing issues in their geographic area, international perceptions of the United States, or an article on a topic of shared interest. The committee believes this could be a model for creating more accessible international experiences for all students.

Elise used her grant to return to Bolivia as a participant of the Q(C)ollaysuyu Collaboration’s Western Hemispheric Indigenous Collaborative.  The Q(C)ollaysuyu Collaboration is made up of community members and organizations that are Indigenous grassroots activists and educators.  They work on a plurinational level with Indigenous organizations, grassroots initiatives, and communities to address global environmental issues as they affect Indigenous communities in the western hemisphere. This collaboration will continue her development of teaching, scholarship, and service relationships that will result in: 1) ongoing global curricular development for AIS 105, 364, 305/490 classes as well as the development of an interdisciplinary Global Indigenous Issues of the Americas course; 2) ongoing research into Indigenous film locally and globally, resulting in a book; and 3) continuing service as an American Indian studies faculty and a liaison between Augsburg and our Indigenous communities locally and globally.

Related Campus Activities

The following are other campus activities that contribute to creating an inclusive campus.:

Feminist Film Series and Brown Bag Lunch Series (sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center)

The Women’s Resource Center sponsors a Feminist Film Series and Brown Bag Lunch Series to address diverse issues of concern to anyone concerned with gender equity.

Native American Film Series

The Augsburg Native American Film Series in collaboration with Phillips Indian Educators hosts a free, three-day film festival to celebrate Indigenous film, collaboration across national boundaries, and visual storytelling. For more information, see:

Soup, Gender, & Sexuality (sponsored by LGBTQIA Student Services)

This ongoing monthly series is open to the entire Augsburg College community as a dialogue around issues of sexuality, gender, and their intersections.   All attendees can help themselves to soup, bread, and great conversation!  For upcoming dialogues, check out A-mail or the CAO Events Calendar.

Ally Training (sponsored by LGBTQIA Student Services)

Ally Training is available for all students, staff, and faculty at Augsburg College to gain knowledge, skills, and resources to enable them to be intentionally supportive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities. Participant will learn about LGBTQIA history and culture, confront myths and stereotypes, discuss heterosexual and gender-conforming privilege, analyze potential scenarios, ask questions in a safe environment, and discus next steps for being an effective ally to LGBTQIA individuals at Augsburg. Training is offered and advertised to the entire campus each semester, and customized training is available to departments, offices, and student clubs and organizations by request. For more information, contact Michael Grewe (