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CURA News & Notes

Fair Housing Is About Choice, Not Integration: 50 Years of the Fair Housing Act

January 26, 2019

by Edward Goetz

CURA News round-up-Winter 2019

January 15, 2019

UMN Community Fund Drive

For the 2018 University of Minnesota Community Fund Drive, the University collectively raised $1.35 million for local charities. CURA did several fundraisers over the course of the drive and raised just under $3,000 through those sales and individual donations by staff with 85% participation.

Neighborhoods Now!

2019-2020 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

January 10, 2019

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program. University of Minnesota faculty are critical resources in exploring issues and concerns important to Minnesota, such as the criminal justice system, demography, state or local economic development, education, employment, energy, the environment, health, housing, state and local government, welfare and poverty, human and social services, transportation, or land use and development.

Competition for the 2019–2020 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs

December 19, 2018

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce the competition for the 2019–2020 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, and invites interested faculty from across the University of Minnesota to apply for this award.

The Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs provides one year of support for the research activities of a University of Minnesota faculty member on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota. 

Fall 2018 Community-Based Research Projects and Krusell Fellowship Placements

December 11, 2018

Community-Based Research matches the research and technical needs of organizations with a student research assistant to carry out community-defined and guided projects.

Program News and Notes

December 11, 2018

Community GIS worked with the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota to help visualize - what they term - a neighborhood cultural asset inventory. This particular inventory is in the Logan Park neighborhood of northeast Minneapolis. Cultural asset mapping showcases the unique, quirky, and sometimes intangible elements and histories that holistically coalesce to create individual neighborhood character.

Apply now for spring graduate research assistant positions

November 8, 2018

The Spring 2019 graduate research job postings for the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research program and Community Assistantship Program (CAP) are online now. For both the Nelson Program and CAP, community organizations receive the support of a student research assistant to work on a project defined and directed by the community organization. 

Housing Forum: Local government strategies for preventing displacement

September 24, 2018

2018-2019 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

August 15, 2018

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

C Terrence Anderson is our new Director of Community Based Research

August 6, 2018

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is pleased to announce that C Terrence Anderson is our new Director of Community Based Research. C Terrence will oversee CURA's community-based programs, including the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, the Community Assistantship Program, the Artist and Neighborhood Partnership Initiatives, and the Krusell Fellowship.

Dr. Brittany Lewis partners with KMOJ's Lissa Jones on a 3 part series on evictions

July 20, 2018

CURA Senior Research Associate, Dr. Brittany Lewis partnered KMOJ Host Lissa Jones to develop a 3 part series on evictions in North Minneapolis to help the broader community understand the complexity of the issue – who it impacts, how it impacts all stakeholders, and what is being done to address some of these challenges.

Thank you to Neeraj Mehta

May 17, 2018

“It is with mixed feelings that we here at CURA say goodbye to Neeraj Mehta who is leaving to take an exciting position as director of learning at the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation has given so much to CURA over the years that we can hardly begrudge them when the flow goes the other way! Neeraj served as our director of community based programs during his six years at CURA and helped us channel resources to countless community organizations in the metro area and across the state. He also kept CURA in the middle of all of the important discussions taking place i

Spring 2018 Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant Award Announcement

Spring HUP Mixer

April 26, 2018

The Hennepin-University Partnership (HUP) is pleased to announce that the proposal, "Determining Alignment of Probation Conditions" has been awarded the Spring 2018 Hennepin-University Collaboration Grant.

2018-2019 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

February 8, 2018

Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposals

September 20, 2017

CURA’s Artists Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (ANPI) provides small grants to artists of color and Native artists working in neighborhoods in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. ANPI grants recognize the valuable role that artists and the arts play in neighborhood revitalization efforts and are intended to support the leadership of artists in community revitalization efforts. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build a more equitable Twin Cities.

Have questions that you need help answering? CURA can help

September 18, 2017

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Program and Staff Updates - Spring 2017

May 25, 2017

Questions and Answers with Brittany Lewis, CURA’s New Research Associate

May 25, 2017

Dr. Brittany Lewis is CURA’s Research Associate with an expertise in community-engaged research, urban housing, community economic development, and critical race and gender studies. A 2015–2016 Postdoctoral Fellow at Bowdoin College and 2014–2015 University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellow, Dr. Lewis has established herself as a scholar committed to investigating the ways that local urban communities resist the racialized gendered legacies of housing segregation, redlining, and concentrated poverty.

Making Capital Funding Decisions More Equitable in St. Paul: A Story of Policy Change through Community-Based Research

May 24, 2017

By Jono Cowgill

CURA:Tech, One Year Later

May 24, 2017

In 2014–2015, CURA hosted a civic technology incubator, CURA:Tech. The one-year project supported teams to identify issues in their community that could be addressed with an information-based civic technology, and create a prototype of the tool. In 2016, we checked in with award winners and other participants to see how their work was going.


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