University of Minnesota

June 6, 2019 • TCF Bank Stadium



Check-in and breakfast


Welcome, introductions, forum vote, awards


Morning keynote: Andrea Jenkins

DQ Room, Floor 3


How to build inclusive, feedback-friendly stories

Erin Peterson

Indoor Club, Floor 6

Facilitating online or hybrid meetings

Mike Williams

M Club Room, Ground floor

What's past is prologue

Kate Dietrick

West Suite Lobby, Floor 5


Lunch & vendor fair

DQ Room, Floor 3


Google Translate this: Best practices for engaging international students

Sandra Boone, Michael Anderson & Marina Uehara

Indoor Club, Floor 6

Creating accessible slide decks

Karen Shapiro & Kellie Greaves

M Club Room, Ground floor


Protocols and ethics of photographing people

Amelie Hyams, Anitra Cottledge, Patrick O'Leary, Saby Labor

M Club Room, Ground floor

Personal pronouns, gender identity and student records: A case study

Stacey Tidball & Matt Tveter

West Suite Lobby, Floor 5


Afternoon keynote: Irene Fernando

People You Will Never Meet

DQ Room, Floor 3



Indoor Club, Floor 6

Venue information

TCF Bank Stadium

420 SE 23rd Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(Enter at the Benton County premium event entrance, by Goldy's Locker Room.)

Inside the venue:

Indoor Club - Floor 6 (breakout sessions, reception)

West Suite Lobby - Floor 5 (breakout sessions)

DQ Room - Floor 3 (keynotes, meals)

M Club Room, Ground floor (breakout sessions)

Gender neutral restrooms
Floor 3 (West end of the DQ Club Room, near the escalators) and
Floor 6 (East end of the Indoor Club Room, behind the built-in projector/screen)

Lactation space
Floor 3 (West end of the DQ Club Room, behind the West bar)

Prayer space
Floor 3 (East end of the DQ Club Room, behind the East bar)

About the 2019 UMCF Annual Conference

June 6, 2019

Diversity can be our greatest strength if we embrace difference and foster inclusion within our community. As professional communicators, we have the power to inspire unity by amplifying voices across all types of experiences and backgrounds. In today’s world, our work has never been more important or more challenging.

Through breakout sessions, presentations, and discussion, this conference will explore ways to authentically elevate perspectives that are often overlooked and create a space to discover our connections to one another as professionals and as people. The day will also include opportunities for professional development, networking, and learning focused on shared responsibility and sustainable transformation.

The University of Minnesota Communicators Forum aims to promote excellence in communications and to enhance cooperation among communications professionals working at the University, and we hope you will join us June 6 for our annual conference.


Keynote speakers

Andrea Jenkins

Minneapolis City Council, Ward 8

Irene Fernando

Hennepin County Commissioner, District 2

Session speakers

Maroon & Gold Awards

Winners will be notified by the Maroon & Gold Awards Committee.

Awards Information