St. Paul, Minn. – While on sabbatical during the 2015-16 academic year, Anthropology professor Dianna Shandy has been named an Executive Leadership Fellow in the Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) at the University of Minnesota. 

The Center for Integrative Leadership (CIL) seeks to foster cross-sector and boundary-spanning leadership to address significant societal challenges (sometimes called Grand Challenges) for a greater good. This work results in processes, programs and initiatives that, coupled with community engagement, apply integrative leadership in practical, effective ways.

Each academic year the Center for Integrative Leadership invites a small number of highly accomplished leaders from the private sector, academia, government and the non-profit sector to become Executive Leadership Fellows. Fellows bring their experience and expertise to contribute to the life of the Center and the University and in turn benefit from being a part of the University community.  In addition to Shandy, this year’s fellows are:  Patrick Coleman, Senior Curator, Minnesota Historical Society, Beth Fagin, Senior Director of Pediatric Therapies for St. David’s Center for Children and Family Development; Allen Levine, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota; and Scott Peterson, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, The Schwan Food Company.

Shandy is professor of Anthropology at Macalester, where she has been teaching since 1999. She is Visiting Consortium Professor in the Macalester-Pomona-Swarthmore Program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and was a recent Fellow at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland.  She earned a PhD, MPhil, and MA in Anthropology at Columbia University and a BS in Languages and Linguistics with Certificates in African Studies and Russian Area Studies at Georgetown University.

The Center for Integrative Leadership is a University-wide initiative located at the University of Minnesota. The Carlson School of Management, the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the School of Public Health, the Law School and the College of Education and Human Development share oversight of the center.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 2,138 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism, and civic engagement. Learn more at

November 9 2015

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