Welcome incoming Humphrey Students!
I am Sarah Martyn, the Community Engagement Chair on PASA. As you explore Humphrey this year, take some time to explore what’s outside the building. Humphrey not only has a lot to offer academically, but it is fortunate to be surrounded by the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. This neighborhood is very culturally and ethnically rich, which is illustrated in its large immigrant population. Somali is the largest immigrant population, but Korean, Vietnamese, and Oromo ethnicities are represented as well. The neighborhood is also very active. There are well over 15 different community groups covering a wide array of interests, from business development to health care.
There are many ways to get involved with the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. Last year Humphrey students founded an organization called CHANCE – Cedar Humphrey Action for Neighborhood Collaborative Engagement. The group serves to connect Humphrey to the neighborhood and vise versa. They meet every other week to talk about on-going and new partnerships with Cedar Riverside community members and organizations. To learn more about their initiatives and how to get involved see their website at www.hhh.umn.edu/projects/chance/ or contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another way to get involved in the community is through academics. Humphrey is offering a year long course about engaging the public in policy making. This course offers students an opportunity to work with the Cedar Riverside community and provides the foundation for students to understand the powerful connection and impact of communities in public policy. The first semester of the course focuses on gaining a theoretical and practical understanding of this model as well as getting involved in the neighborhood. The second semester is the infamous capstone experience where you focus more specifically on a community initiative or complete your professional paper. Interested? Learn more by contacting Andie Martinez – email@example.com.
Perhaps you’re just looking for some good food or a place to hang out? Cedar Riverside has got some great options. Plus it’s only a couple blocks away. Here’s an easy guide to some of the favorite Humphrey local attractions. For a full listing with addresses check out http://www.cedarriverside.com/listings.html
Chain Restaurants (for the not-so-adventurous)