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An Urban Agenda for the 21st Century:

University Northside Partnership

Urban Research and
Outreach/Engagement Center
Presentation to Collegiate Development Officers
April 23, 2008
Senior Vice President Robert Jones
System Academic Administration
VISION: Improve the human condition through the
advancement of knowledge

MISSION: Dynamic public engagement


needs of state, nation, world
21 Century is the Urban Age

• Majority of world’s
population lives in cities
• 60% of Minnesota
residents live in the Twin
Cities commuting area
• Minnesota is mosaic of
cities (Rochester, St.
Cloud, Duluth)
• Urban/rural interface
(Worthington, Willmar)
National Urban Agenda
for Higher Education
2006 Summer Meeting:
– National Association of State Universities and Land-
Grant 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 most

effectively use its intellectual resources and knowledge to
address complex contemporary urban issues and benefits
its community neighbors?

• How can we craft this urban agenda following a key

principle of public engagement – that is, to partner with
other organizations to respect their needs and interests and
leverage their assets and expertise as well as those of the
University for mutual benefit?
University’s Urban Agenda
Strengthening Community –
economic development, job skills, reduce poverty
Building Human Capital –
education, early childhood development
Improving Health –
mental health services for children and families
eliminate health disparities
Portrait of an
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
From UNP to UROC
University Northside Partnership:
Convening mechanism for partner organizations
Urban Research and
Outreach/Engagement Center:
Coordinating mechanism for University programs
in the community
Physical presence/facility for those programs

6 Research &
Outreach Centers
Forestry Station
Itasca Biology Station

Extension Regional
18 Centers AND in every
Urban Research and Outreach
Center (UROC) Model
• Intentional and strategic
• Multi-disciplinary approach
• Sustainable partnerships
• Physical presence
• Measurable outcomes with significant
The new UROC will:
Ø Anchor the University’s presence in the
Ø Coordinate and facilitate University research,
outreach and engagement activities on the
Ø Provide enhanced community access to
University programs and services.
Dr. Irma McClaurin joined us in December as
the first executive director of UROC
UNP Academic Leadership

• Dean Darlyne Bailey of CEHD is

playing a leadership role
• Associate Dean Heidi Barajas is
helping coordinate the work of
faculty from across the institution
Faculty Engagement

• More than 40 faculty from across the U

• Focus on collaborative research
• Includes work on the three areas of the urban
• Creates new opportunity for multi-disciplinary
work and collaboration
• Encourages options that enrich student
learning, such as internships
University Partners
Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)

CEED’s mission:
• To improve developmental outcomes for young children
through applied research, training, and outreach

Current Activities:
• Early language, literacy and social development
• Interdisciplinary training
• Policy analysis, development, and support
• Family, community, state capacity-building
University Partners
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
– 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
Child and Family Center
• Will be headed by Dr. Dante Cicchetti, world-
renowned expert in psychopathology
• Focuses on neglected and maltreated children and
depression among caregivers
• Emphasizes prevention and intervention
• Involves translational and collaborative research
• Provides evidence-based treatment for children and
their families
• Will be in Partnership with NorthPoint Health and
Wellness in shared facilities
University Partners

Business and Community Economic Development

• Business contracting opportunities
• Technical assistance for small businesses and non-profits
by Carlson School students

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

• Seed grant program for community organizations
"Re-envisioning Land Grant and Other Urban Research
Universities for an Urban Age.”

• $1,153,000 grant for three years

• 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 efforts in education (use of out-of-
school time); economic development
(internships/entrepreneur experiences); and health
(nutrition/obesity/healthy foods).
A 21st Century Engaged Urban

“Driven to discover solutions to complex

urban issues”