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Research with Indigenous Partners

Description: The guide contains information and resources for university researchers and research partners thinking about doing research in any discipline that involves or impacts Tribal nations, Indigenous communities, Indigenous peoples, Indigenous lands, territories, policies, histories, wisdom, cultures, experiences or knowledge systems. Download the Report

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Building Allies & Support: The Elevator Speech

Description: Participants will understand that an elevator speech helps introduce an individual and the work with which they are involved. The aim is for the speech to be captivating enough to lead to further conversation, resulting in new connections, relationships, support, and possibly collaboration. Elevator-SpeechesDownload

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Spectrum of Allies

Description: Participants will explore the complexity of strategizing and become more optimistic about mobilization efforts through a realization that it is not necessary to win over the opposition to your point of view. They will explore social forces and groups spread across a spectrum, ranging from those who are the most dedicated opponents to those [...]

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Action Star Framework

Description: Participants will engage in reflection and analysis of power, history, message, relationships, and resources related to their chosen social issue. They will then be more prepared to select an impactful action. Action-Star-FrameworkDownload

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Introduction to Research Justice

Description: Participants will understand how we use research in our daily lives, understand core attributes of various types of knowledge and the political legitimacy assigned to each type, identify structural inequities in research that maintain certain power relationships, understand basic principles of research justice, understand how we can strategically control knowledge flow in society and [...]

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What’s Happening Here?

Description: Participants will understand that people interpret the same situation differently. We want to recognize when we’re applying subjective interpretation or evaluation to a situation and avoid presenting interpretations as absolute truths, especially if those interpretations may be harmful to others. We also want to become more conscious of why we interpret things the way [...]



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Seed Coalition strengthens the capacity of colleges and universities to fulfill the public purposes of higher education through its coalition of diverse college campuses in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Midwest. Our network includes rural and urban campuses, public universities and private colleges, community colleges, and trade schools.

We connect higher education professionals who work in the spaces of community and civic engagement and educate students through community and civic learning experiences. Learn about our mission and values and meet our members.

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