University of Minnesota | Department of Recreational Sports
Focus on Engagement
Focus on Participation
Focus on Passion
Focus on Voice
Focus on Collective Leadership
Year in Review
ec Sports programs are a great example of the
continuum of engagement opportunities
available to the University community.
LeeAnn Melin – associate director for student engagement, Office for
Student Engagement and Leadership
Engagement is more than involvement in a program or service; it is a dynamic
process that is continuously evolving. It is intentional, builds connections, and is
the foundation for developing significant relationships. Engagement is the result
of an organization and its constituents involving one another in their quest for
mutually beneficial outcomes.
A model recently introduced by the University of Minnesota Youth Work
Institute, termed the Rings of Engagement¹, depicts engagement as a combination
of interrelated concepts: participation, passion, voice and collective leadership.
These elements, when combined with a foundation of dynamic people and
programs, result in true engagement. This year’s annual report focuses on how
the Department of Recreational Sports engages the University community in
all aspects of its endeavors to ensure the programs, services and facilities offered
meet the needs of its participants.
Based on the Rings of Engagement model, the Department of Recreational
Sports fundamentally fosters an environment that promotes engagement.
The foundation of dynamic people and programs is built upon the hundreds
of opportunities offered in six unique program areas with over 500 student
employees and thousands of participants ranging in age and background.
Participation, passion, voice and collective leadership are mutually cultivated
by the department and the students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of the
University of Minnes