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UMN Morris, Intercultural Education, IAMNCC
Changing demographics mean that rural communities are seeking resources and strategies to help ensure their communities are welcoming and inclusive places for immigrants and English learners. The Clifford J. Benson Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Minnesota Morris has been addressing these challenges since 2010 in Stevens County. The Center coordinates three local programs (English classes, bilingual youth program, and a community translation and interpretation program). We wish to improve these programs, share what we have learned with our rural neighbors beyond the county, and support the regional growth of similar inclusive programming. The VISTA will work with community members and UMN Morris faculty, staff, and students to address educational needs of immigrants in small communities in MN. The Benson Center’s mission is “to foster campus-community collaborations that address needs in small towns,” and its vision is “to work toward more vibrant and equitable rural communities.” This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. The program strives to eliminate poverty through campus-community partnerships by placing full-time capacity building support in nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions. ***Please also send cover letter and resume to supervisor. Interviews will occur on a rolling basis. Preference given to candidates who apply early.***
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Member Duties : In collaboration with UMN Morris faculty, staff, students, and community partners, the VISTA will help Improve immigrants’ access to civic and educational opportunities in five rural MN communities. The VISTA will work with faculty, students, and community members to 1) Conduct research to identify communities that would benefit from engagement with the Rural Intercultural Education Initiative (RIEI); 2) Reach out to community members in potential communities and assess how RIEI might serve them; 3) Set a framework so that by the end of year three, RIEI will have provided existing or new RIEI programs to 250 people in at least five rural MN communities. Part of this work will include exploring virtual educational platforms for community translation and interpretation that will work in rural, immigrant communities.
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Private on-campus housing provided ,  Health Coverage* . 
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Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours ,  Permits working at another job during off hours . 
Service Areas :
Children/Youth ,  Education ,  Technology ,  Community Outreach . 
Skills :
Education ,  Recruitment ,  Communications ,  Public Health ,  Public Speaking ,  Social Services ,  Team Work ,  Computers/Technology ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing . 
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AmeriCorps VISTA

UMN Morris, Intercultural Education, IAMNCC

Program Start/End Date
07/17/2023  -   07/16/2024

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MINNESOTA  


Accepting Applications
From  02/27/2023  To  07/31/2023 

Contact Argie Manolis
Welcome Center 206, UMN Morris
Morris   MN   56267

Listing ID 110390