University-Community Partnerships

These partnerships meet at UROC. They have been initiated by community members or University personnel seeking collaborative approaches to pressing urban issues.

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Community Health and Advocacy Talks (CHAT)

Community Health and Advocacy Talks (CHAT) is a forum that focuses on community health and advocacy. It brings together stakeholders and community members to address the social factors that determine a community’s health. The program meets on the second Tuesday of every month at the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center.


The goal of this project is to influence public policy and contribute to shared understanding among communities in Minneapolis regarding the impact of segregated urban spaces on the distribution of environmental benefits through investments in parks, clean water, and other green infrastructure.

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Division of Race and Equity - ReCast

This is in the final stages of creating sustainable practices that will aid in the City of Minneapolis being a place where everyone thrives.

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Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP)

The EFNEP provides health and nutrition information to low-income families with children under the age of 18. They learn about healthier meal planning, shopping, and food safety. The EFNEP is a federally funded program that has been educating families for more than 45 years.

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Growing Good

Growing Good is an outreach program of the MN landscape Arboretum. Our work is centered around Environmental awareness, health and nutrition, community partnership development, and Growing to college and career experiences. We work with youth ages 5-12 at various sites throughout the twins cities, and employ youth between the ages of 12-18 for a summer internship (paid) opportunity!

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Growing North Minneapolis

Growing North Minneapolis is a community-driven collaboration with the University of Minnesota, which focuses on youth and their communities. Through intergenerational mentorship and urban agriculture, we advance environmental, social and racial justice in North Minneapolis. We invite the North Minneapolis community to come and grow with us as a community mentor, either during the school-year program or during the summer garden program. It is a tremendously rewarding and impactful experience.

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IGDI Age 3

Preschool language and early literacy skills are important for later success in school. One way to make sure students are on track is to assess them with IGDIs. IGDIs already existed for 4-year-old students, so this project is creating new measures that work for 3-year-olds.

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IGDI-APEL (Spanish)

It's important for early childhood teachers to know skills of dual-language learners in both their languages. We are building tools so teachers have a quick, easy assessment of 3 and 4-year old english and spanish skills. We're putting all of those resources into an iPad app so that teachers can access the information to decide who needs more support and in which language.

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Leadership Minor

The Leadership Minor students from the U of M work with the Seeds to Harvest collaborative to support their work by assisting with communication and administrative tasks, as well as taking some leadership roles on specific short term projects.

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Parent in Community Action Head Start - Program and Evaluation Committee

PICA has met the needs of children, families and staff during the pandemic including online/distance learning, COVID testing and vaccination access.

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Police and Black Men Project

This is a group of Minneapolis police officers and Black Men who meet regularly to build trust, talk about serious issues, participate in training officers, and promote community safety.

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Prepare2Nspire is a near-peer mathematics tutoring and mentoring program for middle and high school students.

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Progress Monitoring English IGDIs

When students need extra support, it's important that teachers monitor their progress frequently to make sure they're catching up with interventions. This project is expanding our "progress monitoring" tools to assess language and early literacy for students who need extra support.

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Progress Monitoring Spanish IGDIs

When dual language learners are struggling in either of the languages they speak, english or spanish, it's important that teachers have tools to monitor their progress to make sure interventions are working to get them back on track. This project is expanding tools available for teachers to use to that.

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Second Chance Saturday Criminal Expungement Clinic

The Second Chance Expungement Clinics provides legal services aimed at expunging criminal records. If you have a criminal record that is impeding your ability to find employment or housing, this is an opportunity to remedy that. You'll meet with an attorney, who can tell you if your offense(s) are eligible for expungement. If they are, you'll work with a law student to draft answers for the expungement application. You'll then be provided instructions on how to file those answers with the court, in order to seek expungement.

Seeds to Harvest

The Seeds to Harvest Coalition is a community based service organization made up of over 30 community agencies and organizations. Seeds to Harvest is dedicated to responding to the effects of the Covid-19 epidemic and the civil unrest.

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Smart Community Health

We are using a mobile app to help you connect with the social services you need.

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The Ladder

The Ladder is a structured environment of service learning, leadership development, and cascading mentorship. It is a club for kids who are interested in health careers. Designed to expose kids to health careers in an integrated manner, it is a cascading mentorship program. An exciting component of The Ladder is that it is an inter-generational club with members from fourth grade all the way through practicing physicians and includes all the steps in between.

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University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program

The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is to use research-based horticultural knowledge and practices to deliver educational outreach and project-based efforts that inspire change and promote healthy people, healthy communities and a healthy planet. Our current efforts are driven towards making the Master Gardener Program more diverse and inclusive, and more of a representation of the communities we exist to serve.

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Walker Art Center x Jordan Weber x Youth Farm Residency

The artwork is realized in collaboration with Marcus Kar, the director of North Minneapolis programs for Youth Farm. Lease of the site is held by Youth Farm, and following the Opening Day Celebration, scheduled for July 2021, the farm will be turned over to Kar and Youth Farm for incorporation into their community capacity building programs. Youth Farm is a nonprofit organization that utilizes food and farming as a catalyst for social change, community engagement, and leadership development. During the growing season, they educate and train young people across Minneapolis in gardens and greenhouses. They also teach leadership skills year-round with programming focused on planting, cultivating, and distributing the food they grow.

You can see Jordan Weber, Walker staff, Youth Farm, and landscape architects Aune Fernandez working on the site this spring, on May 30 and 31, 2020. The team will be completing initial groundwork started last year. and planting fruit trees.

Please check back for dates for perennial planting in fall 2020.More information on events and how to participate can be found on the project Facebook page:

An opening celebration will be scheduled for summer is schedule for 2021. Please email us at [email protected] if you would like to be notified of this event.

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