August 13, 2021

We believe that support and fair treatment of individuals with criminal records is fundamental for a functioning society. The fact that our criminal justice systems create disparities means our society is not working properly. Criminal records impact individuals and families far beyond the punishment of a crime and keep people from living a good life, which everyone has a right to.

Project Goals

As a project-based initiative, we seek projects and work that align with our values and goals to support our mission and vision. 

  • Community - Lived experience equals expertise in our book. We…
  • July 22, 2021

    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…

    June 04, 2021

    The Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing program wishes to congratulate recent graduates of our Spring 2021 Neighborhoods Now! cohort. Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations working in neighborhoods so they can organize to win issues for people and places, build power to change systems for racial equity and economic justice, build organizations whose leadership is reflective of the community, and build diverse and effective cross…

    March 19, 2021

    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.

    December 16, 2020

    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…

    November 16, 2020
    Fall 2020 Neighborhoods Now! graduates

    The Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing program wishes to congratulate recent graduates of our Fall 2020 Neighborhoods Now! cohort. Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series to strengthen the work of individuals and organizations working in neighborhoods so they can organize to win issues for people and places, build power to change systems for racial equity and economic justice, build organizations whose leadership is reflective of the community, and build…

    October 30, 2020

    The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds the power and capacity of community-based organizations to create social change through partnerships with the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects.

    The deadline for Spring 2021 projects proposals is November 20, 2020. The projects will run…

    October 29, 2020

    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’ needs, and 3.) Offer suggestions of how English Learner funding could be improved.…

    October 29, 2020

    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 and registration along…