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March 25-26: Campus Camp Wellstone

Student leadership development program includes training on grassroots organizing, forming community coalitions and more.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-15-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato students and other area college and high school students will learn specific strategies for grassroots organizing, forming community coalitions and developing campaigns on social issues during Campus Camp Wellstone, a non-partisan leadership development program that will be held March 25-26 at Minnesota State Mankato.

As many as 100 students are expected to participate in the event, which will be held in Armstrong Hall 101 on Friday, March 25 from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The training is highly interactive and participatory. Students will practice skills such as strategic planning, power mapping and message development.

The workshop, including breakfast and lunch, is free for Minnesota State Mankato students, staff and community members. Minnesota State Mankato students can sign up online.

Students from other colleges and high schools can sign up by contacting David Engen or Sachi Sekimoto, associate professors in the Department of Communication Studies at Minnesota State Mankato. Engen can be reached at or 507-389-5537, and Sekimoto can be reached at or 507-389-1270. Media requesting more information may also contact Engen or Sekimoto.

The Campus Camp Wellstone program was started to honor the legacy of the late U.S. senator from Minnesota, Paul Wellstone, and his wife, Sheila Wellstone. Resources to learn more:

Funding for the Campus Camp Wellstone workshop was provided by the University’s Department of Communication Studies and a generous donation from the Andreas family to the College of Arts and Humanities at Minnesota State Mankato. The University’s Nadine B. Andreas Endowment in Arts and Humanities was established in 2007. The endowment was dedicated to the memory of Nadine Andreas by her family.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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