Monday, June 27, 2016

CIL's Benasutti to join International Fellows program staff at Humphrey School

Merrie Benasutti is the Associate Director of the Center for Integrative Leadership at the University of MN. Merrie is responsible for student initiatives within the center, including the CIL Student Leadership Team, CommonGrounds, which brings together graduate students from multiple disciplines to work together on a public issue, and a collaborative, civic engagement project, CHANCE, which connects the university with the adjacent Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Merrie has over fifteen years experience working within higher education and is committed to campus/community collaboration, civic engagement, and promoting cross-cultural learning and interaction.

Starting July 1 her position will be reconfigured to add the Humphrey Fellows to work she already does managing the YALI/Washington-Mandela Fellows (her 3rd cohort at Humphrey School this summer), working to coordinate community partnerships and engagement for the Fellows, as well as overseeing events and volunteer activities.  Going forward she will divide her time between YALI and Humphrey International Fellows and bring her excellent connections in the community to this team.
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