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Job Opening: CURA Community Program Manager

August 4, 2016

Alisha Volante and her Research on the Rondo Neighborhood & African American History in St. Paul

Alisha Volante

April 26, 2016

Alisha Volante wasn’t always passionate about the past. She grew up learning Black history by reading Angela Davis, W.E.B. Dubois, and Malcolm X. But the monotony of high school history class disenchanted her about the relevance of history to her life and the lives of those around her. But something changed when she entered college.

Staff and Program Updates, April 2016

Program and Staff Updates

April 21, 2016

In October of 2015 the Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) hosted a mixer event at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum that engaged about 60 University staff and faculty and Hennepin County staff around issues of mutual interest. This event was designed to encourage University faculty and County staff to apply for a Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant. 

Hennepin-University Partnership Receives W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award

April 21, 2016

By Colin Calvert

The Hennepin-University Partnership was one of four university programs to receive the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award this year.

The Minnesota Prison Doula Project: Supporting Incarcerated Pregnant and Parenting Women

Minnesota Prison Doula Project

April 21, 2016

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs is excited to announce that the Minnesota Prison Doula Project is now housed at CURA’s offices. The Minnesota Prison Doula Project is a perfect fit for CURA because of the hands-on programmatic work by the Program Director Erica Gerrity and Program Coordinator Rae Baker combined with a strong research component added by Dr. Rebecca Shlafer. Learn more about the history and work of the Minnesota Prison Doula Project below.

Disrupting Poverty with Mentoring Young Adults

Mentoring Young Adults

April 15, 2016

by Monique Linder 

The name “Disrupting Poverty” was selected about midway through the impact study that I conducted for Mentoring Young Adults (MYA), a St. Paul–based organization that provides crisis management for vulnerable adults. I was in the midst of a critical discovery period of measuring MYA’s case data and interviewing key funders, service providers, and clients. With all of MYA’s impactful work, the title “Disrupting Poverty” just made sense.

Raising the Standard of Living for Workers While Raising the Standard of Care for Clients

Home Care work

April 15, 2016

By Kaela Dickens

Neighborhoods Now!: Plotting a Course for change

Neighborhoods Now!: Plotting a Course for change

April 15, 2016

In 2014, CURA staff met with six community-based organizations to better understand their priority issues. Among these issues, we identified four overarching topics: collaborations; people and places; systems change; and organizations. As part of CURA’s mission to support place-based organizations to successfully take on local issues by developing the skills of community organizers and leaders, we developed an extensive training program called Neighborhoods Now!

Nelson Program Annual Report Highlights Four Semesters of Community-Based Research

Nelson Program Annual Report

April 6, 2016

CURA is proud to release our annual report for the Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program. It covers 4 semesters of projects from September 2014 to January 2016.

Download the Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program Annual Report.

Summer 2016 Community Based Research Request for Proposals

February 5, 2016

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program (Nelson Program) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds partnerships between community-based organizations or suburban government agencies and local colleges and universities.

2016-2017 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

February 3, 2016

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage University faculty members to carry out research projects that involve a significant public policy issue for the state or its communities, and that include active engagement with groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota involved with the issue.

MESI Evaluation Training Scholarships from CURA

January 25, 2016

Do you ever need to show your impact? Do you need to build your organizational capacity to evaluate your work?

Graduate Research Assistantships Currently Available

December 16, 2015

Last Updated: 1/14/2016

Community organizations receive the support of a student research assistant (undergraduate or graduate) to work on a project defined and directed by the community organization. Student research assistants are supported by the community supervisor, CURA Program program staff, and—if the student wishes—faculty mentors. Click on the assistantship posting link if you're interested in learning more about the opportunity.

Neighborhoods Now! celebrates the conclusion of Neighborhood Issues Organizing

Neighborhoods Now! course - Neighborhood Issues Organizing

September 1, 2015

Neighborhoods Now! one graduation - Neighborhood Issues Organizing

2015-2016 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

July 21, 2015

CURA is pleased to announce the recipients of this year′s Faculty Interactive Research Program grants: 

Myles Shaver Named 2015-2016 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

July 17, 2015

Myles Shaver, Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School of Management, has been named the 2015–16 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. Shaver is also the Pond Family Chair in the Teaching and Advancement of Free Enterprise Principles at Carlson.

The Community Equity Pipeline Makes the Legislative Process More Accessible

July 16, 2015

How a bill becomes a lawRecently the CURA Community Programs staff collaborated with the Wilder Foundation on their pilot program, the Community Equity Pipeline (CEP).

In depth with Lann Briel and her work on the Medicine Wheel for the American Indian Family Center (AIFC)

July 2, 2015

Whacould a filmmaker, Minnesota’s American Indian community and the social services sector have in common? The common thread is Lann Briel and the valuable, CURA-funded, community-based research she is doing with the American Indian Family Center (AIFC). Whether you’re a student, community member or nonprofit partner, read on.

Hennepin-University Partnership celebrates 10 years of connecting the University of Minnesota and Hennepin County

June 15, 2015

Fall 2015 Community Based Research Requests for Proposals

May 27, 2015

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program (Nelson Program) at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds partnerships between community-based organizations or suburban government agencies and local colleges and universities.
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