Fireside Chats

The Fireside Chats with the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement are free monthly sessions intended to educate community audiences on cancer, research, and health-related topics presented by experts in easy-to-understand language followed by a discussion that allows for community members to engage in casual conversations with experts from the University and/or the local community with a moderator.

Upcoming Fireside Chat



Join us for an enlightening Fireside Chat in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as we bring together the expertise of Dr. Damé Idossa, Masonic Cancer Center researcher and Breast Oncologist, and Steph Kennelly, a breast cancer survivor and advocate. During this chat, Dr. Idossa will provide a comprehensive overview of breast cancer, covering the latest screening guidelines, recommendations, treatments, insights on breast cancer in young women, and breast cancer disparities. Steph will share her personal breast cancer journey, emphasizing both her triumphs and challenges, and shedding light on how she harnessed the healing properties of breathing, movement, rest, and social connection to help navigate her path to recovery.

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University of Minnesota Wellbeing Program Points

If you are a University of Minnesota employee or spouse enrolled in the Wellbeing Program and have questions regarding earning wellbeing points for attending the Fireside Chats, please email with your questions.