University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Encourage students to apply for Kujenga leadership retreat by Jan. 18

Multicultural Student Services (MSS) will host a Kujenga leadership retreat Feb. 23-24 at Camp Castaway in Pelican Lake, Minn., and encourages students to complete an application to attend. The mission of the retreat is to provide students with intentional leadership training and cultural connections to increase diversity awareness and leadership preparation, creating a more inclusive and valuable experience at UND.

Any UND student interested in participating should complete the application on the MSS web site The retreat is free of charge but limited to 30 students. Priority deadline for submitting an application is Friday, Jan. 18. For more details, e-mail

After attending Kugenja, students will be able to explain the importance of cultural awareness in their own words and develop a personal plan to increase cultural awareness. “Effective leadership across cultures is not only a humanistic conceptualization, but it makes good business sense,” said Malika Carter, director, Multicultural Student Services. “Whatever a student's life experience or academic path, Kujenga will provide skill enhancement and personal development to increase the ability to lead and speak effectively.”

UND has partnered with NDSU and the University of Minnesota, Crookston, to offer this experience.

-- Malika Carter, director, Multicultural Student Services, 777.4362,

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