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: 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…

June 12, 2020

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…

June 12, 2020

Community members understand their own issues like nobody else can, and must be the leading voice in setting the community agenda. Leadership of neighborhood organizations should be accountable to and reflective of the diverse communities they represent. 

CURA’s Neighborhood Leadership and Organizing program offers training and organizing assistance to support local leaders in identifying and tackling neighborhood issues, and in building vital communities that value full participation and embody racial equity and economic justice. We also build connections across organizations and communities in Strategic collaboration across communities to create an…

June 11, 2020

We are again sharing a statement from CURA Director Ed Goetz on the murder of George Floyd at the top of this message. The fundamental issues of justice that Mr. Floyd’s murder surfaces for our community and for the entire nation dominate our conversations about what is next for CURA. 

Following that statement, we share a message about CURA’s work in a COVID-19 world.

Statement from the Director of CURA

Our community witnesses again the violence of police brutality ending in the death of a Black man. It is well past the time for people in power, those who can impose…