Uncovering Salient Issues Through the Eyes of Campus and Community Members

Bemidji State University signed a formal agreement with MN Campus Compact April 2016. Since that time, we have moved forward with our 6-year plan by first assessing perceptions of the BSU and community of Bemidji relationship with a combination of surveys and focus groups. By understanding current perceptions, wants, and needs across campus and in the community, we can work towards building rewarding relationships that benefit members of the university and the community in which we live.

Important political and social issues surround our campuses and local communities, which become the focus of many problem-solving initiatives. But how do we determine which issues to choose? Or which issues are most salient? Often the dominant voices are heard, and others are muted. Thus, it is important to create opportunities and spaces for voices to be invited, and issues to be identified. This presentation provides an overview of a process plan to uncover issues, as seen through the eyes of our campus members and community partners. We will share results and lessons learned from our data gathering. We invite participants to tell their stories, To perhaps find commonalities across communities, and identify potential collaboration of problem-solving.

Board of Trustees Presentation Proposal Form

Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College will host the Minnesota State Board of Trustees for their November 19-20 Board meeting. On Tuesday, November 19, between 8–9:30 a.m., we will have an opportunity to showcase the tremendous work of our faculty and students.

President Hensrud will structure her remarks to the Board around our strategic plan with an emphasis on activities that fit within the plan and focused on themes of place, which includes our emphasis on student success and closing the achievement gap. She asks for your help to identify projects, programs or services that can be presented in an interactive format during a 90-minute poster/demonstration/tabling session during this time.

Both time and space for the showcase will be limited, so please submit your proposals as soon as possible. You will be notified by November 1 if you are selected.