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Centers and Units

Center for Community and Regional Research (UMN-Duluth)

CCRR is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) at UMD. CLA enables the Center to better link with other research and outreach initiatives in the College, and at UMD, therefore creating greater and farther reaching opportunities for students, faculty and communities. The primary focus of the Center is community-based education at UMD, providing faculty and students in the social and natural sciences and related fields the opportunity to work with local and regional community organizations. (Olaf Kuhlke, Director)

Center for Economic Development (UMN-Duluth)

Center for Economic Development strengthens the viability of the region as a recognized leader in small business and entrepreneurial development. The mission of the Center is to assist entrepreneurs and businesses to grow and succeed. (Elaine S. Hansen, Director)

Center for Small Towns (UMN-Morris)

The Center for Small Towns is a community outreach program housed at the University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) and serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, and other University units are able to utilize the Center's resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society. (Bart Finzel, Interim Director)

Center for Transportation Studies (CTS)

The Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) addresses the need for closer cooperation between University faculty and state and federal departments of transportation by strengthening the University's role in transportation research and education. (Laurie G. McGinnis, Director)

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is an all-University applied research and technology center at the University of Minnesota that connects faculty and students with community organizations and public institutions working on significant public policy issues in Minnesota. (Edward Goetz, Director)

Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability (CUES)

Housed in the Department of Entemology, in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, CUES strives to educate landscape managers and urban residents about ways to embrace environmental stewardship by practicing sustainable management. (Vera Krischik, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist)

Children, Youth and Family Consortium

The Children, Youth and Family Consortium (CYFC) brings together the expertise of the University of Minnesota and the resources of Minnesota's communities to address critical health, education, and social policy concerns in ways that improve the well-being of Minnesota's children, youth, and families. (Cathy Jordan, Director)

Northside Partnership

UNP is a collaborative effort to enhance the social and economic environment in the North Minneapolis community. The University of Minnesota, and many others, including NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County and Northside community organizations are working in unison to brighten both the present and future of North Minneapolis. (Raymond Dehn and Makeda Zulu-Gillespie, Community Affairs Committee co-chairs)

Office for Public Engagement

The Office for Public Engagement works to enhance the University of Minnesota’s activities and stature as a publicly engaged research university. The Office provides University-wide leadership to catalyze, facilitate, advocate, coordinate, connect, communicate, and align engaged initiatives across units and with external constituencies. (Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement)