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April 23, 2012

Place-Based Engaged Teaching, Learning and Scholarship: Northside Orientation and Opportunities.

Place-Based Engaged Teaching, Learning and Scholarship: Northside Orientation and Opportunities.

The Community Service-Learning Center at the U of M is partnering with community engagement staff from the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and Minneapolis Community and Technical College to host a one-day faculty development workshop focused on place-based learning with an emphasis on North Minneapolis.

This workshop is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th, 2012 from 8:30am-4:30pm. Space is limited. If you are interested in participating in this unique faculty workshop, please RSVP to Laurel Hirt, at hirtx002@umn.edu by Friday, May 4, 2012.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to engage with and learn from Northside neighborhood residents and leaders in order to enhance your engaged teaching and research practices. The experience will include conversations, transportation and visits to a series of local North Minneapolis community organizations, lunch at a local restaurant,
opportunities to network with other faculty, and a panel of faculty who will share their experiences with place-based engagement work. Visit here for the tentative agenda.

April 9, 2012

Ethical Protections in Community-Engaged Research

Ethical Protections in Community-Engaged Research

Community-engaged research is a new model for conducting health-related scientific research, that is unfortunately not reflected in the human research participants training programs available in the US today. Human research training programs designed for community members are needed.

This workshop is primarily designed for members of community-based organizations interested in and/or actively engaged in health-related research, but university-based faculty and staff who conduct community-engaged research are also encouraged to attend. Workshop material will be presented via lecture and small and large group discussion. Appropriate video and internet resources will also be used to enhance written materials. All participants will be provided with course materials and links to additional resources. The Office of Community Engagement for Health is working in collaboration with SoLaHmo Partnership for Health and Wellness to offer this workshop.

The workshop will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012 at La Clinica in St. Paul, MN from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. It is a free event that requires no registration. For more information contact Andrea Leinberger-Jabari at lein0072@umn.edu.

April 6, 2012

Strengthening the University of Minnesota as an Engaged University: Community Perspectives

The Office for Public Engagement presents:
Strengthening the University of Minnesota as an Engaged University: Community Perspectives Symposium

A panel discussion will ask University of Minnesota community partners to reflect on their experiences partnering with the University. Panelists will celebrate successes and also reflect on ways the University can build stronger, sustainable partnerships. The event is free and open to the public. Breakfast refreshments will be served.The symposium will be held April 24, 2012 from 9:00 am 12:00 pm in the Johnson Great Room at the McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota.

Moderator: Heidi Barajas, Executive Director of the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) and Associate Dean for Engagement and Faculty Development in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD).

Amy Libman, Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School
Elder Atum Azzahir, The Cultural Wellness Center
Hedy Lemar Walls, University YMCA
Susan Gust, Community Activist and Small Business Owner

All are welcome! Registration is required.

Redevelopment, Refinancing, and Renovation of Riverside Plaza, Minnesota's Largest Housing Development

Please join us for the next CURA Housing Forum: Redevelopment, Refinancing, and Renovation of Riverside Plaza, Minnesota's Largest Housing Development

Riverside Plaza, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the largest housing projects in the United States. It was designed by the late architectural icon Ralph Rapson and built between 1971 and 1973 as Phase 1 of a seven-phase, 12,500-unit project that was part of a HUD pilot urban redevelopment program called New Town, In Town. After the completion of Phase 1, HUD abandoned the New Town, In Town concept and Riverside Plaza is only one of two existing today. Presently, Riverside Plaza consists of 1,303 rental units, a Charter School, a grocery store, a daycare, a tenants' association, a cultural center, and an 800-car parking garage for a total of 1.4 million square feet. Over 5,000 individuals call Riverside Plaza their home.

On January 6, 2011, Sherman Associates closed on one of the largest and most complex Tax Credit rehabilitation projects in our nation's history, and began the substantial rehabilitation of the complex: a two-year, $132 million acquisition rehabilitation. The financing for the project includes over 16 different types of funding from both public and private sources including City, County, State and Federal funding, and Low Income and Historic Tax Credits. During the financing process, Riverside Plaza was placed on the National Register of Historic Places less than 40 years after it was constructed and received one of the first, and to-date the largest, allocations of State Historic Credits in Minnesota.

The forum will take place Friday, April 20th, 2012 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm in Hanson Hall, Room 1-106 at the University of Minnesota. George Sherman, Principal, Sherman Associates will be presenting.

Registration is required.

April 4, 2012

Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st-Century University

Public Mission, Urban Challenges: The 21st-Century University

University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler in conversation with
Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor. This is a keynote event of UMN Land Grant 150, a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862--legislation that laid the groundwork for the land-grant research university's ongoing mission: learning, discovery, and engagement for the common good.

It will be held in Coffman Theater at Coffman Memorial Union on Wednesday May 2nd from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Reception with light refreshments to follow from 5:30 - 6 p.m.
This event is free, but space is limited. Reservations required.

Learn more about the events, speakers and register here.

This event will be live-streamed. To watch, go to this page at 4 p.m. on May 2.