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Center for Integrative Leadership

The Center for Integrative Leadership seeks to foster cross-sector and boundary-spanning leadership to address significant societal challenges (sometimes called Grand Challenges) for a greater good.

                Above: The 2015 University of Minnesota cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows. More here.



CIL Introduces our five Executive Leadership Fellows for 2015-2016.

Each academic year the Center for Integrative Leadership invites a small number of highly accomplished leaders from the private sector, academia, government and the non-profit sector to join us as Executive Leadership Fellows. Fellows bring their experience and expertise to contribute to the life of the Center and the University and in turn benefit from being a part of the University community.

  • Patrick Coleman - Senior Curator, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Beth Fagin - Senior Director of Pediatric Therapies for St David’s Center for Children and Family Development
  • Allen Levine - Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • Scott Peterson - Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, The Schwan Food Company
  • Dianna Shandy - Professor of Anthropology, Macalester College

For full bios and a description of where their work with the Center will focus click here.




West Bank Crash Course

This week the West Bank Business Association (WBBA) is hosting a "Crash Course" on the West Bank with multiple events and workshops. Join Merrie Benasutti at 3pm on Tuesday, Oct 6 at the Southern Theater to learn about how you can engage with West Bank businesses and organizations. CHANCE student research will be highlighted, as well as current volunteer opportunities. Check out a full description of the weeks activities below.

Workshops and events include:

  • - A West Bank storytelling session on Cedar Cultural Center's brand new plaza
    -An illuminated group bike tour of the cultural institutions of the West Bank
    -An intro to craft beer with Certified Cicerone Sean Cooke of the Better Beer Society
  • -The Launch of the West Bank Variety Hour and Music Show
    -A "Secrets to Sambusa" cooking class led by award-winning Afro Deli founder Abdirahman Kahin
    -A Walking Tour of the West Bank's incredible music history
    -Courses for cyclists such as Road Side Repair and Gearing Up for Winter Cycling presented by our friends at the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition and Freewheel Bikes
    -An Introduction to Somali Culture and Language with Ahmed Ismail Yusuf (author of Somalis in Minnesota) and Osman Mohamed Ali (Founder of the Somali Museum) and more!

These serries of events are hosted by the West Bank Business Association and The Southern Theater, the event is a week-long fundraiser, with proceeds going to support local West Bank nonprofits. For a full list of events and more info visit






















The Center for Integrative Leadership does not receive tuition funding. We rely on the generous donations from supporters, like YOU!