By Tyler Boesch, in partnership with Isuroon

Minnesota’s English Learner student population has consistently grown in recent years and is growing at
a faster rate than the total student population. A complex web of funding streams intends to support
English Learners; however, concerns have been raised over whether designated funding is reaching
English Learners and whether it is providing adequate support. This report aims to address those
concerns through the following study aims: 1.) Provide a clear understanding of English Learner funding
streams and how the funding is spent, 2.) Get a sense of whether the current funding is meeting
students…

By Rayan Deeb

The main objective of this project is to conduct a mixed methods research study that seeks to determine the impact of the Asian American Organizing Project (AAOP) has made to the Minnesotan-Asian community since 2016. The goal of this project is to be able to share AAOP’s efforts and achievements with the community, supporters, volunteers and funders. After robust quantitative and qualitative analysis, it was concluded that AAOP’s Civic Engagement efforts have substantially increased in scope and size. Throughout these years, AAOP’s main outreach methods have increased to include phone canvassing, door canvassing, hotspot canvassing, surveys, social media, pledges…

People Serving People, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), Research in Action, and Hennepin County, are pursuing a pilot program to grow family stability by demonstrating sustainable alternatives to self-pay for families experiencing homelessness. We are further pursuing the goal to build family financial power and make homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.

Families directly impacted by homelessness and self-pay know what is best for themselves, and we must center their experience, voices, and choices. As people impacted by system decisions, they should inform and influence them.

In February 2019, the Reimagining Expungement team, Sasha Hulsey (MPP/MPH), Kshitiz Karki (MPP), Olivia Reyes (MPP), and Alyssa Scott (MPP) formed within a graduate course. Their work began by exploring the barriers individuals with prostitution and prostitution-related convictions face to accessing criminal expungement - the act of sealing criminal records. They investigated the legal and court systems that implement expungement in Hennepin County, and their most substantial findings included the lack of awareness and differing interpretations of the expungement statute among systems professionals.

After this preliminary research, the team continued their work to increase…


Organizations and agencies serve neighborhoods best when community representatives are part of their leadership and decision-making.

The Charles R. Krusell Fellowship is designed to increase the number of highly trained community development professionals from communities of color and to provide hands-on work experience to ensure students are prepared to meet the challenges of the evolving community development field.

Krusell Fellows receive full tuition support and graduate research assistantships with community development or planning agencies. The program is a partnership between CURA and the…


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 the work of fostering neighborhood wellbeing, and are intended to support the leadership of artists in these efforts. This grant program is particularly focused on directly funding individual artists or groups of artists working to build a more equitable Twin Cities.

The goal of the program is to identify and support compelling projects that artists have developed in response to their…


The Neighborhood Partnership Initiative (NPI) makes technical assistance and small grants of up to $10,000 available to community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the surrounding suburbs. NPI supports community-based partnerships that lead to increased engagement, power and influence of community members affected by racial, social and economic disparities.

The goals of the program are to support place-based community organizing and community building partnerships that creates impact in the following areas:  

  • Community-Based Research (CBR) brings together the unique knowledge and resources of the community and the University to address questions raised by the community itself. Bringing together diverse perspectives and ways of knowing sheds new light on today’s issues and helps to identify innovative ways to tackle them. CURA believes that communities have the skills and experience to conduct research that produces valuable knowledge grounded in lived experiences. 

    Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program

    Builds community capacity to erase persistent racial and economic disparities in the Twin Cities…