Upcoming Events

Minnesota Student Leadership Summit | October 22-24 
Students will have networking opportunities, listen to amazing speakers, and grow their personal and professional skills! There will be a variety of different workshops to boost your knowledge and increase your skills as well as fun social activities. Learn more.

Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute | November 5-30 
Join LeadMN and Minnesota Peacebuiling Leadership Institute for this 5-week program that will connect students with mental health resources, coping mechanisms, and opportunities to learn strategies on how to increase racial equity and community resilience. This program is free for students that register with LeadMN. Upon completion of the series, students will receive a Leadership Badge in Equity. CEs are also available.
 Register here.

Regional Meetings | November 13 - December 5
Join other students to network and explore ways to support campuses in your region! Register here.

Advocacy Zoom Social | November 18
Join student-led equity organizations from across Minnesota campuses along with other college students interested in advocacy work for a zoom conversation about community building. Register here.

Emerging Leader Program | November 21-April 22
The Emerging Leader program gives students the skills and confidence to prepare them for their career after school. Students will participate in monthly meetings with a cohort of other student leaders. There is a fee of $20 for any Minnesota State Community and Technical College students. Register here.

LeadMN News

Testimony to the Minnesota State Board on a Tuition Freeze
LeadMN President Axel Kylander delivered a testimony in response to the declining rates of student enrollment across college campuses. Read more...

Star Tribune: Minnesota State Colleges Continue to Lose Students During Pandemic, Worsening Long-Term Trend
The Minnesota State system of public universities and community colleges has lost nearly 20,000 students over the past two years, a troubling sign that the pandemic is exacerbating an enrollment that has spanned the past decade. Mike Dean, Executive Director of LeadMN, said " [he worries] Minnesota State's continued enrollment spiral could negatively impact the state if efforts are not made to reverse it. This is going to have a devastating impact on the future workforce of Minnesota." Read more...

Letter to the Board of Trustees - Invest in Affordability, Mental Health & Basic Needs
LeadMN made recommendation to the Board of Trustees about the Supplemental Budget Request to prioritize a tuition freeze, mental health support, and basic needs resources. Read more...

Star Tribune: Minnesota Colleges Reporting Fewer COVID-19 Cases this Semester than Last Fall
The vaccination rates vary greatly between the colleges and universities across the state. "If we're going to address the COVID pandemic and get back to normal, we really need to engage students on a peer-to-peer level," LeadMN Executive Director Mike Dean said, calling for the system to better encourage students to get vaccinated. LeadMN will continue to urge colleges to do more to support student to student outreach to help boost vaccination rates. Read more...

September Leadership Report
Each month the cabinet shares the work they did. Read more...

Policy Change-Health Waiver Policy
Earlier this month, the system office released their draft policy and are seeking comment. LeadMN submitted a letter applauding the creation of the policy and two ways that the policy could be made better. Read more...

LeadMN Urges Congress to Enact America's College Promise via Reconciliation
LeadMN joined a coalition of 62 colleges, student groups, civil rights and higher education organizations delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging Congress to pass America’s College Promise through budget reconciliation. Read more...

Lake Superior College Holds Flu Shot Clinic
Lake Superior College held their second annual flu shot clinic Tuesday morning. The organization Lead MN partnered with Hennepin Healthcare to get students the flu vaccine at the college. Roughly 80-100 students had registered to receive the shot helping to minimize the hospital intake because of the virus. Read more...

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