Past Events

April 28, 2021

The Story of Where It Starts

A behind-the-scenes look at how University Relations created “Where It Starts,” a collection of personal stories that highlights the incredible accomplishments from our Black community during their journey at the University of Minnesota. The series was a collaborative project between University Relations and a team of faculty, staff, and student content advisors from the University’s Black community.

Speaker: Shari White (she/her), Project Manager & Digital Strategist, University Relations, University of Minnesota

March 11, 2021

A Year of Working Remotely

It's hard to believe that in March most of us will have been working remotely for a full year. Between the pandemic and the murder of George Floyd in our own community, the last year has asked communicators to create messages on topics far outside our typical areas of expertise.

Hear from Lisa Marshall from the U of M's Office for Equity and Diversity and Meagan Pierluissi from University Relations as they share what this last year has taught them about public health and diversity, equity, and inclusion in communications.

Following their presentation, we'll use breakout rooms for small group discussion, where you can engage with colleagues on what this year has meant for you, professionally and personally.


January 28, 2021

Unpacking Creative Blind Spots: A Fearless Workshop with The BrandLab

Marketing to diverse audiences and backgrounds, while well-intentioned, can lead to missed opportunities or even destroy a brand’s relationship with the consumer if done without recognizing our own biases. Join us for a discussion with The Brand Lab on how to challenge our assumptions and dig deep to authentically connect with target audiences.


December 17, 2020

Work Like a Boss with Nancy Lyons

Nancy Lyons is CEO of Minneapolis-based digital agency Clockwork and a nationally recognized leader in a human-centered approach to producing digital products. Nancy’s guiding principle is “people first” as a business strategy and it has led her to an award-winning career as CEO, speaker, and author. Nancy helped Communicators Forum members tap into personal power to find joy, enjoy work, and make work more meaningful.


October 15, 2020

DEI Communications: How to Approach Your Work with an Equity Lens

Communicators are increasingly being expected to work sensitively and effectively in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) space. In this presentation, we talked about recent shifts in approaches to DEI and how this impacts our work in communications.


September 17, 2020

Cultivate Inclusion & Belonging in Digital Spaces
Presented by:

  • Kellie Greaves — Communications Manager, OIT | Co-Chair, Digital Accessibility Community of Practice Steering Committee
  • Scott Marshall — Associate Director, Disability Resource Center | Member, Digital Accessibility Community of Practice Steering Committee

Explore what digital accessibility means, why it's important, and simple ways communicators can significantly contribute to an inclusive University community that invites everyone to belong and share their gifts.


July 16, 2020

Ethical Storytelling 101

UMCF's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee hosted an online summer event:

Join us online while we listen to an audio recording of Ethical Storytelling 101. Hear from filmmaker Heidi Burkey, The Freedom Story President Rachel Goble, Chab Dai’s Helen Sworn, and Sophie Otiende from HAART Kenya, as they lay a foundation for what it means to tell a story ethically in non-profits.


June 25, 2020

Sketchnotes: A Visual Communication Tool
Presented by Rebecca Moss

Sketchnoting is the practice of adding visual elements to handwritten notes. Through this integration, concepts are more easily understood, ideas are more readily shared, and better memories of the proceedings are created. There are many forms of sketchnotes, and you can create your own preferred style. 

Rebecca Moss (she/her/hers) is a librarian by training, with a background in art history. She came to the University of Minnesota in 1999 to work on converting 35mm slides to digital versions for the Department of Art History. In 2004 her team moved into the CLA technology support unit which today is called LATIS (Liberal Arts Technologies and Innovation Services). Her current role is Assistant Director for Engagement and helps to support the Liberal Arts Engagement Hub which will formally open in the fall of 2021. Helping CLA engage more broadly with the community is a critical part of CLA’s success. Since she adopted sketchnoting in her daily work in 2016, Rebecca says she has become a better listener, processes ideas more thoroughly, and communicates more effectively.

Learn more about Rebecca's work: