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Location and Accommodations

Symposium activities took place at The Commons Hotel near the UMN Minneapolis campus.

The Commons Hotel,
615 Washington Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
800-822-6787 or 612-379-8888

A block of sleeping rooms is available for symposium attendees until March 30, 2016 for $144 (single or double room). Contact the hotel directly and ask for the “Keeping our Faculty” group in order to be placed under the block. 


A daily parking fee, currently at $15.00 per day, per vehicle, applies which includes "in-and-out" privileges to registered overnight guests or $25 for Valet Parking. Prevailing rates apply at check-in. Non-overnight guests may park in the Washington Avenue Ramp that is connected to the Hotel by an enclosed walkway. Current charges are: $2.50 per hour - up to 5 hours, $12.00 maximum daily charge.

The Commons Hotel offers guests an on-site fitness center, complimentary access to the U of M fitness facilities, a business center, and complimentary transportation within a five mile radius of the hotel. The Commons Hotel is three minutes from downtown Minneapolis and provides easy access to several attractions, including the TCF Stadium, Target Field, the Metrodome, and the Mall of America.

Continuing Education Units

Participants who attend the entire Symposium will receive 1.175 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). One CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education program. A CEU certificate will be sent to each participant after the conference. A permanent record of CEUs earned will be maintained by the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions and Records Transcript Office.


The Black Panthers, A Love Story   
Penumbra Theatre Company

This event has sold out. Tickets are no longer available.

Penumbra Theatre Company has been recognized as the largest and most important African-American theatre in this nation. It has been named "Best Theatre for Drama" by City Pages and "One of Ten Companies that Make a Difference" by Stage Directions magazine. We are excited to offer our registrants the opportunity to attend a special presentation hosted by Sara Bellamy of the Penumbra Theatre Company

McNamara Alumni Center on the UMN Minneapolis Campus

Monday, April 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm.
Special Guests for this presentation will include:

  • Bobby Seale, cofounder - The Black Panther Party and political activist
  • Ericka Huggins, Former Panther member, political activist, scholar and writer
  • Ricardo Levins Morales, artist organizer 

About Minneapolis and St. Paul

The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a wealth of attractions for its residents and visitors. The Twin Cities are home to world-class museums, an array of theaters, concert halls, diverse restaurants, exciting sporting events, and the largest retail and entertainment complex in the United States – the Mall of America.

Minneapolis is home to several outstanding buildings for the arts and learning, including the Guthrie Theater (designed by Jean Nouvel), additions to both the Walker Art Center (by Herzog & de Meuron) and Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Michael Graves), the Minneapolis Central Library (Cesar Pelli), as well as the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum (Frank Gehry).

More than 10,000 lakes lie within a several hours’ drive, including vast Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which stretches along the Canadian border.

To learn more about the Twin Cities, visit or

Explore the town!

Conference participants are encouraged to explore all that Minneapolis-St. Paul has to offer. Some suggested activities include:

  • A trip to the largest enclosed mall, the Mall of America. The mall has over 520 stores, an indoor amusement park, and plenty of restaurants and entertainment.
  • Visit the Mill City Museum. Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.
  • Explore downtown Minneapolis. Grab a bite to eat, catch a movie, or see a show…downtown Minneapolis has it all. Search the many activities available on the Minneapolis Downtown Council website.
  • The Minnesota Science Museum, located in downtown St. Paul, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River. The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.

All of the above activities are accessible via public transit. Visit the Metro Transit trip planner website for directions on how to get to your chosen destination via our extensive bus and light rail transit service.

Some helpful Maps:

Minneapolis Map            St Paul Map           UMN Campus Map

Meet our Planning Committee:

Heidi Barajas, Associate Professor and Director of the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
Laura Bloomberg, Associate Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Sue Borowick, Executive Director, College of Continuing Education
Heather Dorr, Associate Program Director, College of Continuing Education
*Priscilla Gibson, Professor, School of Social Work
*Michael Goh, Associate Professor; Associate Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity 
Amelie Hyams, Program & Communications Manager, Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy
Allen Levine, Vice Provost, Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs 
Karen Miksch, Associate Professor, Higher Education  
Jean O’Brien, Professor, Department of History, Chair of American Indian Studies
Rebecca Ropers-Huilman, Professor and Chair, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development; Chair, Faculty Consultative Committee  &     

*Planning Committee Co-Chairs