The Center for Integrative Leadership is pleased to provide support to Common Grounds, a interdisciplinary student-led graduate student organization that applies the concept of integrative leadership to community challenges. Guided by the principle that complex problems require cross-sector collaboration, Common Grounds brings together graduate students from across the University of Minnesota to explore community issues; provide professional research and consultation services to community organizations; and practice and promote integrative leadership.

Common Grounds achieves its mission through three main activities:

  • Community Consulting Projects: Members work together in small teams to address a community or organizational issue during the first eight weeks of the spring semester. Members serving as Team Leaders will source, scope, manage, and ultimately, deliver a high-quality solution to clients from the Twin Cities community.
  • Integrative Leadership Seminars: Throughout the year, Common Grounds members host speakers, panels, and workshops with integrative leadership practitioners and leaders of local organizations spanning public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 
  • Networking Events: Graduate studies aren't always conducive to connecting students across UMN's many professional and graduate programs. Common Grounds hosts a variety of networking events to connect with graduate students across programs, as well as Common Grounds alumni, guest speakers, and community leaders.

Common Grounds is open to any graduate and professional student at the University of Minnesota. Currently five Schools are represented in Common Grounds membership:

Interested in joining our team? We're looking for new project leaders and team members!

To apply for the role of Project Leader, please click here. Project Leaders source and scope a community project of interest to them and an organization in the Twin Cities metro. Project Leaders are ultimately responsible for project delivery and are trained by the Common Grounds Steering Committee once accepted.
Applications are due on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at 11:59pm.

To apply for the role of Project Team Member, please click here. Project Team Members work together under the direction of the Project Leader and the client to solve a critical community or organization issue during the first 8 weeks of the Spring 2018 semester.
Applications are due on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 11:59pm.