Bagels Beyond Boundaries provides an informal space for students, staff and faculty to engage in discussion over bagels and coffee. Speakers from different sectors illuminate examples from their own experience or research on ways to bring people together across boundaries to address a particular issue. These discussions typically take place on one Friday morning each month.

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Previous Session Highlights:

Crossing Divides to Strengthen Voices - People of Color and Indigenous Caucus in the Minnesota Legislature

  • Minnesota State Representatives Mary Kunesh-Podein, Jamie Becker-Finn, Peggy Flanagan, members of the newly created People of Color and Indigenous (POCI) caucus, and Dennis Olson, executive director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council shared strategies for bringing the policy concerns of American Indian and People of Color communities to the forefront of the Minnesota Legislature. 

Social Network Analysis

  • Carrie Oelberger, Assistant Professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, provided an overview of the concepts of social networks and quantitative approaches to social network analysis, which is an excellent skill set for students, faculty, staff, and practitioners who perform collaborative and integrative work to develop. 

Women in Investment: Boundaries, Barriers, and Opportunities

  • Panel members Susanna Gibbons (UMN, Program Director of the Carlson School Fixed Income Fund), Karen Ho (UMN, Associate Professor of Anthropology), and Dianna Shandy (Macalester College, Associate Dean, Institute for Global Citizenship and Professor of Anthropology) shared boundaries and opportunities for women in investment. 

Ripple Effects Mapping for Complex Collaborations

  • Scott Chazdon and Melvin Giles introduced Ripple Effects Mapping (REM), a participatory group process designed to document the results of program efforts within complex settings, which engages program participants and other community stakeholders to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by a complex program or collaboration. 

Fourth-Sector Collaboration for Social Impact: Reducing Poverty and Malnutrition in Bangladesh

  • Graduate student case winners from the fall semester Integrative Leadership Seminar presented on Grameen Danone Foods Ltd., a hybrid fourth-sector organization that transcends sectoral boundaries to reduce poverty, hunger, and malnutrition in Bangladesh.

Pushing Forward U.S. Cuba Policy:  The Effects of the Embargo on Intersector and Intergovernmental Collaboration

  • Jeff Kovar described changes in U.S. Cuba Policy since December 2014 and their effects on intersector and intergovernmental collaboration, as well as restrictions put on these efforts by the current economic embargo.