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Friday, October 22, 2010

Community Fund Drive: Interview with Walt Jacobs

The University of Minnesota's Community Fund Drive (CFD) ends Friday, October 31. It's not too late to make a contribution to your community, and support one or more of seven worthy federations or specific charities of your choice. If you have not already done so, please consider donating at http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/.

Here is a short interview with Walt Jacobs, the Chair of the African American and African Studies Department. Walt is one of CLA's CFD Team Leads, and an enthusiastic supporter of the CFD.

Why should instructors and staff donate during a year when they personally have experienced a reduction in their own pay?

Although many of us experienced a reduction in pay, we are very fortunate to have jobs when many of our family, friends, and neighbors do not have employment. Contributions to the CFD help these folks.

Why is the Community Fund Drive relevant to language and culture instructors and support staff?

The CFD is relevant to all units in the University, be they direct instruction or support oriented. The university has a long tradition of mobilizing all of its employees to support worthy causes; this year is no different.

Does the Community Fund Drive impact our students directly?

Yes! Go to the volunteer page of the CFD webpage to watch a video of undergraduate student Jalessa Joy describing how contributions to the United Negro College Fund have enabled her education: http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/volunteers.html

Why are you giving?

I joined the U's General College (GC) as a new Assistant Professor in 1999. GC had a strong tradition of participating in the CFD (it usually was at or near the top of unit participation rates), so I began my contributions in the very first year, and have maintained this in each year since. I am thankful for a job that allows me to contribute to the community in multiple ways; participating in the annual Community Fund Drive is one of the most important aspects, and is very easy to do.

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