The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) works with community leaders and local government partners to produce knowledge that drives change. Our mission is to connect the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities and the region for the benefit of all.
We align University faculty, students, and other resources to strengthen Minnesota communities. CURA support can take many forms, including community-engaged research, technical assistance, capacity building and facilitation.
CURA is founded on the belief that partnership between the University, community leaders, philanthropic organizations and government is mutually beneficial. Communities determine issues important to them, and provide context and wisdom to shape how they can be addressed to create vital places to live and work. The University contributes knowledge and expertise to support communities in discovering new approaches to solving problems. This model of engaged research leads to outcomes that strengthen the community and enrich academic research.