Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum

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Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum

 

In honor of the late Esther Wattenberg, the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) and Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) will be hosting the 2023 Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum. We invite you to join us for breakfast and a short program! 

We will honor the 2023 Esther Wattenberg Policy Award recipients Minnesota State House Representative Heather Keeler and Minnesota State Senator Mary Kunesh.  

Jeri Jasken and Larissa Littlewolf, Director and Associate Director at the Tribal Training and Certification Partnership (TTCP), will deliver the keynote address. Karen Diver, Senior Advisor to the President of Native American Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will also be joining us as a special guest speaker discussing the TRUTH Report.

The 2023 Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum is an RSVP only event and registration is now closed.

Esther Wattenberg Policy Forum

The Future of Rural Rental Housing: USDA Sect 515 Research & Remedies

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Register for "The Future of Rural Rental Housing: USDA Sect 515 Research & Remedies," an event hosted by the Minnesota Housing Partnership.

Join us on May 3, at 9 am, for an overview of the recent report The USDA Section 515 Program and The Challenge of Preserving Affordable Housing in Greater Minnesota   and conversation about what the future holds for rental housing throughout Greater Minnesota.

Over the next years, rural areas of Minnesota and across the nation will lose thousands of affordable rural rental homes, as federally subsidized loans for those properties are paid off and requirements to keep rents low thus end. As well, renters will lose eligibility for…

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2023 Session will be in person!

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Our first in person session of Neighborhoods Now! since 2019!

 

Neighborhoods Now! graduates

Apply Today - Deadline March 31

Potential participants should fill out an application form. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

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Neighborhoods Now! Program Calendar

The course is May 1-5 from 10am - 4pm each day conducted in person. The course will also have select guest speakers from…

Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2022

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Training will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Apply Today - Deadline September 12

Potential participants should fill out an application form. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

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Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2022 Program Calendar

The course is October 24-28 from 10am - 3:00pm each day conducted virtually. The course will…

Thinking Spatially Symposium: Indigenous Mapping

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Friday, October 21, 2022 | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Hybrid: Online & Northrop, Best Buy Theater

FREE and Open to the Public (Registration Requested)

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CURA's Community Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) program and the Resilient Communities Project (RCP) are partnering with the Institute for Advanced Study, U-Spatial, University of Minnesota Libraries, and DASH to present this year's “Thinking Spatially Symposium: Indigenous Mapping.” Former CURA CGIS Graduate Research Assistant Kyle Malone is…

Summer Neighborhood Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color

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CURA's Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color will be Thursday, July 14, 2022, 5:30pm - 8:30pm via Zoom virtual meeting.

We believe neighborhood residents are the most powerful force against injustice in their community. Our Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color values recruiting and supporting people to join their local neighborhood board to create change in their community and to transform the injustice of not having diverse voices and leadership in neighborhood groups. Our program creates learning sessions and a support network for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to join their local neighborhood board and use their power to make their vision for their community a reality through organizing. 

Who is this for?

The training is open to Black, Indigenous and People of Color who want to join their neighborhood board and create local change so they are prepared to run at their neighborhood association or district council annual meeting elections, or want to inquire about board vacancies in their community.

Apply now!

Fill out this brief form to apply

We will do our best to accommodate your interest in participating in the program, but because space is limited, we will contact you shortly before the training to confirm your enrollment.

Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color

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CURA's Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for Black, Indigenous and People of Color to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for Black, Indigenous and People of Color who want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for Black, Indigenous and People of Color will be Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 5:30pm - 8:30pm via Zoom virtual…

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2022

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Training will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Apply Today - Deadline February 21

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the February 21 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Apply now for Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2022 Program Calendar

The course is April…

FUSE Spring Panel | Addressing Climate Change and Disparities through Transportation Investment

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Zoom

Hennepin County’s Climate Action Plan and the University of Minnesota’s focus on sustainability demonstrates an increasing commitment to prepare for the effects of climate change. This event will bring together a panel of University and County experts to explore how transportation investments at the local and regional level can best be leveraged to support climate action goals while reducing disparities, improving health, enhancing livability, and providing opportunities for high quality employment.

Where: Zoom

Rent Stabilization - Policy Choices and Impacts

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This event is presented by ULI Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis.

CURA Director Edward Goetz will be a panelist on Rent Stabilization: Policy Choices and Impacts.

Rent-regulation policies vary widely across the United States. What do we know about their effects on rental markets, tenants, and property owners? Do differences in the policies’ design matter? ULI Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis are partnering with experts from across the housing sector to present a four-part, virtual event series.

Learn more and register at the ULI Minnesota website.

 

Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2021 Session

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Training will be held virtually, via Zoom.

Apply Today - Deadline August 9

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the August 9 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Apply now for Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! Fall 2021 Program Calendar

The course is September 27…

FUSE Summer Symposium | Culturally Cognizant Housing Design & Policy

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The FUSE Summer Symposium will be held via Zoom.

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Stable housing is crucial for wellbeing and is central to Hennepin County’s disparity reduction effort. This event will explore housing practices through a multicultural lens; How can we meet the diverse housing needs of residents? Where do design and policy intersect? How do home characteristics affect wellbeing? How can housing policy acknowledge the importance of intergenerational family support?

The FUSE Summer Symposium will be an opportunity for UMN faculty and Hennepin County staff to engage with an expert panel on housing. A small group breakout session and Q&A will give attendees the chance to connect and have their questions answered. 

Delve…

Spring Neighborhood Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous

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CURA's Neighborhood Organizing and Leadership program is looking for People of Color and Indigenous to participate in a free training to support and assist them on their journey toward leadership. We are looking for People of Color and Indigenous that want to create change and fight injustice in their community through neighborhood board membership.

The Board Representation Leadership Training for People of Color and Indigenous will be Thursday, April 1, 2021, 5:30pm - 8:30pm via Zoom virtual meeting.

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2021 Session

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Conducted virtually

Fall 2020 Neighborhoods Now! graduates

Apply now for Neighborhoods Now!

Apply Today - Deadline January 11

Potential participants should fill out an application form by the January 11 deadline by visiting: http://z.umn.edu/nnow. Because space is limited, we will contact you shortly after the application deadline to schedule an interview or confirm your enrollment.

Neighborhoods Now! 

is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals…

Housing Stability Grants 2021 virtual info session

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The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) recently announced the request for proposals for the 2021 Housing Stability Grant. The Housing Stability Grants will fund organizations that support systems/policy change, community engagement and organizing efforts with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities. Grants will enhance the capacity of community-based organizations to partner with…