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Get Involved in Your Community

    Campus Community

    Academic Minors

    The University of Minnesota has a number of academic minors through which you can work with other like-minded students on community engagement and leadership. 

    Small World Coffee Hour

    International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) organizes the Small World Coffee Hour as a relaxing and social environment to learn about other cultures and traditions from around the world through discussion with other internationally-minded students, faculty, and staff.  Small World Coffee Hour is free and takes place every other Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. 

    Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups

    Cross-cultural discussion groups meet once a week to share feelings, personal thoughts, and stories of cross-cultural experiences.  Led by two facilitators from ISSS, groups are made up of both international and US students.  Applications to join a group are accepted prior to each semester. 

      Student Groups at the University

      Reconnect with the University of Minnesota campus community.  Join one of the many student groups on campus related to your personal, academic, or international interests.

      Wider Community

      Center for Community-Engaged Learning

      Take advantage of the myriad of opportunities the University offers for community engagement within the Twin Cities and elsewhere in the US.  The Center for Community-Engaged Learning has many resources to help you facilitate volunteer experiences that range from one-time commitments to sustained weekly involvement of two to ten hours over a semester or a year. 

      Community Engagement Courses at the University of Minnesota

      Typically each semester thirty or more University of Minnesota courses include a community engagement component. The next time you register, consider taking one of these courses.  A list of community engagement courses can be found on the Center for Community-Engaged Learning website.