University of Minnesota
Office of Human Resources

Art of Hosting and Harvesting Integration

Center for Integrative Leadership
Academic Sponsors:
Jodi Sandfort and Kathy Quick

Overview of the Project

The Art of Hosting and Harvesting: Conversations that Matter is an overarching set of principles, tools, and strategies that are being used globally to facilitate meaningful conversations. This concept has been used in various locations on the University of Minnesota campus, and participants report that they have changed how they interact both in meetings and in the classroom.

Project Goal

This project will examine how the Art of Hosting principles and techniques can be integrated into the three-part mission of the university (teaching, research, outreach). We will examine how it can be most effectively implemented on campus, Art of Hosting jargon, barriers to implementation, and what our peer institutions are doing. The project will culminate in recommendations for how to best implement the principles and tools of The Art of Hosting across the University. Project benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Faculty, students, and staff are engaged with each other in a new and meaningful way.
  • The process creates a culture of civility and collaboration.
  • Jargon may be replaced with words and meaning applicable to the academic setting.

Project Team

Team Members

Brenda Carriere
Georgianna Herman Library, Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, Carlson School of Management
Mentor: Anne Phibbs

Ellen Freeman
Grant Coordinator
College of Education and Human Development
Mentor: Connie Delaney

Mary Jetter
Education Specialist
Center for Teaching and Learning
Mentor: Kate Maple

Chris Nelson
Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering
Mentor: Robin Stubblefield

Terry Straub
Program Associate
University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program
Mentor: Elizabeth Wroblewski