2024 Minnesota Institute

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The Minnesota Institute is for early career librarians from traditionally underrepresented groups focuses on the development of library leaders from diverse backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota Libraries will offer the 14th Institute for 30 early career college and university Librarians who are in the first three years of their professional careers. While this program is open to all, it will center and focus on the experiences of members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the U.S. Census Bureau or Statistics Canada as well as First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people classifications. U.S. Census categories include American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.

Participants develop specific leadership abilities proven to be necessary for organizational success. Its goal is to develop leadership skills that transform institutions to be more equitable and just places. To that end, institute faculty work to cultivate a cohort that is actively engaged in dismantling historically embedded systems of oppression and marginalization that are endemic in academia.

The Institute focuses on enhancing personal awareness and creates unique opportunities for participants to reflect on personal leadership styles and preferences, explore strengths and areas for continued development, and connect unique cultural insights and experiences to one’s professional journey.

The program runs from July 21 through July 25, 2024. The in-person Institute  will be followed by two virtual sessions in August and September 2024.

Applications are due February 1, 2024. For more information and how to apply, please visit https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/institute

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