Get ready to:
- build skills and be inspired
- gain practical tools and concepts to bring back to your site/project
- foster connections with other VISTAs
- Equity, diversity and inclusion
- Organizational and community change
- Nonprofit management
- Life after VISTA
Agenda & Presenters:
Thursday, February 2
8:00am - 9:00am Registration & breakfast
9:00am - 9:30am Welcome and announcements
9:30am - 11:45am Opening plenary program: Pangea World Theater
11:45am - 12:45pm Lunch
1:00pm - 2:30pm Breakout sessions A
2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
3:00pm - 4:30pm Breakout sessions B
1:00pm-4:30pm Off-site sessions
5:00pm-7:00pm Social/networking event: VISTA Alumni Panel and Trivia Night (Bush Student Center HUB, lower level)
Friday, February 3
8:30am-10:00am Breakout sessions C
10:30am-12:00pm Breakout sessions D
12:15pm-1:30pm Lunch and closing plenary program: Julia Dinsmore: "My Name Is Not Those People; No One's Is"
8:30am-12:00pm Off-site sessions
CHOOSE THE WORKSHOPS THAT ARE RIGHT FOR YOU! Your time at the conference is valuable, so we recommend planning in advance which workshops you want to attend.
To facilitate virtual conversations and share experiences from the VISTA Conference, we encourage participants to use #MNVISTA17 on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms.
Please register here. We will still accept registrations for local VISTAs only (not in need of hotel stay) through January 20. The deadline for hotel requests has now passed (January 15). VISTA Managers/program staff who plan to attend should register using the volunteer form below.
All events take place in the Bush Student Center Ballroom unless otherwise indicated. Concurrent breakout sessions take place in the Bush Student Center, Giddens Learning Center and Klas Center. A few breakout sessions will take place off-site.
Bush Student Center Ballroom directions: The Ballroom is on the second floor. Enter the Bush Center from the main door, right across from Sundin Music Hall. Once inside you will see the main desk for Safety and Security on your right, and a lobby/lounge area right in front of you. Walk straight ahead past the lobby/lounge area and the staircase will be on your left. To access the elevator you will enter and turn left, going past the Safety and Security desk. About half way down the hall, turn left into a small hallway where you can find the elevator.
Parking: Free parking available in outdoor lots, or paid parking in underground ramp at Anderson Center (see Campus Map).
Lodging & Travel:
Travel to and from the conference will be covered (please see your VISTA sponsor or host site). For VISTAs coming from outside the Twin Cities, hotel lodging will be provided (shared rooms) and arranged for you by the literacy council. Hotel requests should be made at the time of registration. Hotel rooms must be requested by no later than January 15.
Holiday Inn Express-Roseville
2715 Long Lake Rd, Roseville, MN 55113
If you have an accommodation request or special need (e.g., dietary restrictions, service animal relief area, interpreter, Braille, etc.) for the conference, please indicate so when you register in the space provided. We will make every reasonable effort to provide effective accommodations for conference participants. Accommodation requests should be made at the time of registration.
We are looking for a few volunteers to assist with various tasks during the conference. Please find more details and sign up here. VISTA Managers/program staff who plan to attend should register using the volunteer form.
This event is planned collaboratively by program staff and VISTA Leaders from several Minnesota VISTA sponsors and is funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Questions? Contact Meghan Paul-Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org, 651-251-9069, or Ellen Bergstrom at email@example.com, 651-251-9151.