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Eriks Dunens

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Educator (Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership) and curriculum coordinator



464 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108-6070


Communities where I work



  • B.A., History, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN
  • Master's in Public Policy, Emphasis in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Work Experience

Eriks became a part of the Community Vitality area of Extension in 2012 to coordinate alumni programming and support leadership and civic engagement educators with efficient systems. In 2015, he transitioned roles becoming a Statewide Educator with a focus on curriculum development. He has experience in process design, participatory engagement, program development, and communications. Before joining Extension, Eriks used his skills to build community capacity through work with nonprofit organizations with community health missions, and with neighborhood associations involved with designing and implementing public participation processes. He also consulted on the design and facilitation of community engagement. His past research focused on evaluating communication and public involvement strategies used to inform solutions to complex public problems.

Eriks also serves as a supporting steward for a network of emerging leaders committed to building relationships, trust, and a shared vision for Minnesota at www.MinnesotaRising.org. At its core, Eriks' work is about identifying and leveraging the collective resource we can offer each other to create common good.

Affiliations, Honors and Community Service

  • Member: International Association of Public Participation USA, Minnesota Association of Community and Leadership Education Professionals (MACLEP), National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP)
  • Awards: Excellence in Educational Technology, NACDEP, 2015; Excellence in Education Materials, MACLEP, 2014; Excellence in Programming, MACLEP, 2013; Dean's Award for Distinguished Diversity and Inclusion, University of Minnesota Extension, 2013
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