An Urban Agenda for the 21st Century: The Urban Research and Outreach/Engagement Center & the University

Northside Partnership
Senior Vice President Robert Jones
System Academic Administration

VISION: Improve the human condition through the advancement of knowledge MISSION: Dynamic public engagement ESSENTIAL COMMITMENT: Address critical needs of state, nation, world

21st Century is the Urban Age
• • • • Majority of world’s population lives in cities 60% of Minnesota residents live in the Twin Cities commuting area Minneapolis, the largest city, has 350,000 residents, 35% of whom are racially diverse Minneapolis Public Schools serve more than 36,000 students, a highly diverse population with more than 90 languages spoken in homes Minnesota is mosaic of cities (Rochester, St. Cloud, Duluth) Urban/rural interface (Worthington, Willmar)

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National Urban Agenda for Higher Education
2006 Summer Meeting:
– National Association of State Universities and LandGrant Colleges (NASULGC) – NASULGC Commission on the Urban Agenda – Coalition of Urban Serving Universities

Three Strategic Priorities:
– Human Capital – Strengthening Communities – Urban Health

Crafting An Urban Agenda
• How does a 21st Century urban land-grant university effectively use its intellectual resources and knowledge to benefit its urban community neighbors?

Crafting An Urban Agenda (cont)
• How can we craft an urban agenda based on a key principle of public engagement?

Crafting An Urban Agenda (cont)
• How do we build practices of partnerships with community organizations that respect their needs and interests and leverage their assets and expertise along with the University’s own for mutual benefit?

The University’s Urban Agenda
Strengthening Community –
economic development, job skills, reduce poverty

Building Human Capital –
education, early childhood development

Improving Health –
eliminate health disparities, provide evidence-based mental health services for children and families, emphasize nutrition and healthy lifestyles

Portrait of an Urban Community Minneapolis’ Northside

North Minneapolis Demographics
The Northside is a highly diverse area of ~ 9 sq/miles with 63,000 people: 41% African Americans and African immigrants, 34% Caucasians; 14% Asians, including many Hmong immigrants, 4% Latinos (and increasing). The Northside is culturally rich with a vibrant social history and a strong sense of identity. But its residents experience significantly greater challenges than most other Minneapolis communities: Unemployment is higher than in any other area of Minneapolis More than one-third of children ages 5 and under live in poverty. Twenty-five percent of the children removed from homes in Minneapolis for maltreatment are from near North neighborhoods.

Community Partners
NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center Northside Residents Redevelopment Council (NRRC)
• Conducted community vote, results supported UNP

Northway Trust Phyllis Wheatley Community Center Coalition of Black Churches Local Government – City of Minneapolis - Mayor, City Council, staff – Hennepin County – Commissioners and staff
and growing….

University Northside Partnership
Vision: Building on the assets and potential of North Minneapolis to bring a shared vision of hope and prosperity to life Guiding Principles: • Meaningful • Sustainable • Cooperative • Generative

University Northside Partnership
Convening mechanism for partner organizations

From UNP…

to UROC
Urban Research and Outreach/Engagment Center

Coordination & delivery mechanism for outreach, research and engagement programs & activities in the community Physical presence/facility for those programs

Building on Best Practices
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Research & Outreach Centers Forestry Station Itasca Biology Station

Extension Regional 18 Centers AND in every county

Building on Best Practices (cont)
Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
• The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships work to sustain Minnesota's natural resource-based communities and industries by addressing community-identified agriculture, natural resources, and tourism issues in partnership with the University of Minnesota. • A second goal is to build and strengthen effective relationships between the University of Minnesota and the citizens and communities it serves.

Urban Research and Outreach Center (UROC) Model
• • • • • Physical presence Intentional and strategic programming Interdisciplinary approach Sustainable partnerships Measurable outcomes with significant impact

UROC will:
1. Anchor the University’s presence in the community 2. Coordinate and facilitate new & existing research, outreach and engagement activities on the Northside 3. Provide enhanced community access to University programs and services

UROC Staffing
• • • • • Executive Director Administrative Assistant Community Liaison University Liaison ….and growing

UROC PROGRAMS
Core UROC Programs

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Affiliated UROC Programs
• • • • Child & Family Center (will relocate to new facility within 2 years) Urban AHEC- (Area Health Education Center) Center for Community Collaboration & Health (AHC) Extension-Urban Youth Dev, Nutrition Education, Family Development, Master Gardner CEED- FHu5, Center for Response to Intervention in Early Childhood CLA Departmental Community Coordinators-African American, Native American, Latino, & Asian American Studies)

UROC Administration
CIED-Center for Innovation & Economic
Development

FIPSE-UROC-Fund for the UNP Work Groups-

Improvement of Postsecondary Education University/Community Collaborations Urban Food Enterprise (Exploration stage)

The University Northside Partnership Office

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UNP Work Groups
• Academic Leadership
–Dean Darlyne Bailey of CEHD monitors effectiveness of UNP through work group process –Associate Dean Heidi Barajas helps coordinate the involvement of faculty across the institution

Fund for the Improvement of PostSecondary Education (FIPSE) Grant
• $1,153,000, three-year grant entitled, “Re-envisioning Land Grant and Other Urban Research Universities for an Urban Age" • Multi-disciplinary collaborative research and outreach programs; • Training experiences for graduate and professional students and service learning for undergraduates; • University/community teams will develop collaborative activities/programs in education (use of out-of-school time); economic development (internships/entrepreneur experiences); and health (nutrition/obesity/healthy foods).

FIPSE Work Groups
• Teams of University and community people are developing collaborative efforts in education (use of out-of-school time); economic development (internships/entrepreneur experiences); and health (nutrition/obesity/healthy foods). • Three working groups have chosen pilot projects for this summer that will help guide future collaborations. • A program coordinator and graduate assistants have been hired for the project.

Faculty Engagement in UNP & FIPSE Work groups
• Over 70 faculty who represent different departments & disciplines • Active participation in collaborative work group • Projects focus on three areas of urban agenda

Impact of Faculty Engagement
• • • • Strengthens existing partnerships Creates opportunity for new partnerships Raises profile of community partners’ assets Encourages the development of educational options to enrich student learning, such as internships & service learning

University Partners
Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) Northside Initiative 500 under 5: Research for Community Development
• Goal – To contribute to improved school readiness through research that informs parents, communities, and programs, and contributes directly to improved services and supports Plan – Invite all children under age 5 and their families to participate – Assess progress toward school readiness – Identify child, family, neighborhood, and service contributions to school readiness – Share findings with community members, service agencies, and government

University Partners Center for Urban & Regional Affairs (CURA)
• The Northside Seed Grants program, administered by the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, was established to support neighborhood-initiated and neighborhood-guided projects submitted by North Minneapolis community organizations to strengthen existing and foster emerging community-University partnerships.

University Partners
Child and Family Center
• Headed by Dr. Dante Cicchetti, world-renowned expert in developmental psychology & psychopathology • Evidenced-based treatment for neglected and maltreated children and their families based on extensive research • Interventions emphasize prevention and intervention • Involves translational and collaborative research • Community partner is Hennepin County NorthPoint Health and Wellness in shared facilities

University Partners
Business and Community Economic Development Office

Northside Initiative Center for Innovation & Economic Development
• Received $350,000 Empowerment Zone grant for youth entreprenurial programs • Will provide technical assistance to minority & women businesses, and nonprofits

A 21st Century Engaged Urban University

“Driven to discover solutions to complex issues facing urban communities ”

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