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June 11, 2020

An update from CURA

We are again sharing a statement from CURA Director Ed Goetz on the murder of George Floyd at the top of this message. The fundamental issues of justice that Mr. Floyd’s murder surfaces for our community and for the entire nation dominate our conversations about what is next for CURA. 

Following that statement, we share a message about CURA’s work in a COVID-19 world.

Dr. Brittany Lewis named 2020 Bush Fellow

June 9, 2020

CURA Senior Research Associate Dr. Brittany Lewis is a 2020 Bush Fellow. She is one of 24 Fellows and will be given up to $100,000 over 12 to 24 months to pursue formal and informal learning experiences. Dr. Lewis will use her Fellowship to help elected leaders, government officials and community members better understand how to use data as a tool for positive change. Specifically, she will seek coaching skills and study new ways to use data visualization to demystify complex ideas. Also, Dr.

Statement from the Director of CURA

May 28, 2020

Our community witnesses again the violence of police brutality ending in the death of a Black man. It is well past the time for people in power, those who can impose change on a police department with a history of such violence, to take real action. It is time for all levels of the criminal justice system to bring justice to those responsible for the death of George Floyd. White supremacy is not just the actions of ‘one bad cop’. It is also the culture that produces and tolerates the actions of that officer.

Announcing the recipients of the Housing Stability Grants

May 20, 2020

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) and the Alliance for Metropolitan Stability (the Alliance) are excited to announce the recipients of the Housing Stability Grants.

2020-2021 Faculty Interactive Research Program Awards

April 15, 2020

CURA is pleased to announce the recipients of this year′s Faculty Interactive Research Program grants: 

2020 Census response rate map for the Twin Cities

April 9, 2020

CURA’s Community GIS team created this map of Census 2020 return rates in Minneapolis and is updating it regularly through the 2020 collection period. Here is a St. Paul Census 2020 return rate map.

CURA offices closed until further notice

March 16, 2020

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) is following recommendations by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, the Minnesota Department of Health, and University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel, which encourage community-wide social distancing and other efforts to curb transmission of COVID-19. Therefore the CURA office is closed until further notice. Additionally, all CURA events and trainings are postponed indefinitely.

POSTPONED: Spring Neighborhoods Now! session

February 27, 2020

The Spring Neighborhoods Now! session has been postponed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on the University of Minnesota response, please visit this website. We hope to reschedule the next session sometime this summer. Sign up for our newsletter to make sure you hear about the rescheduled Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! Spring 2020

Seeking applications for Housing Stability Grants

February 10, 2020

Too many people in the Twin Cities region do not have access to safe, healthy, affordable, and reliable housing. In particular, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) communities, people with disabilities, and low-wealth communities face barriers to this critical resources. Market conditions have shown that the housing market does not work for most low-income people, so solutions may require questioning long held assumptions, creating innovative solutions, and attempting new ideas to address housing stability.

2020-2021 Faculty Interactive Research Program Call for Proposals

January 30, 2020

The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) invites proposals for our Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP). University of Minnesota faculty are critical resources in exploring issues and concerns important to Minnesota, such as the criminal justice system, demography, state or local economic development, education, employment, energy, the environment, health, housing, state and local government, welfare and poverty, human and social services, transportation, or land use and development.

Give to Support CURA's Community-Based Research

January 17, 2020

Building Capacity with Black Women Project winter update

January 10, 2020

The Building Capacity with Black Women (BCBW) project team led by Dr.

Join us for the last Neighborhoods 2020 Large Gathering on Thursday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 14

January 8, 2020

Thursday, January 9. 6-8pm
Urban-Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC)
2001 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411

Tuesday, January 14. 6-8pm
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Room 50B
301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

* Park in the 19th Avenue Parking lot located at 300 19th Ave S and we'll validate parking

CURA – Incubator of Minnesota’s Shoreland Program

November 25, 2019

By Matthew Bauman, Minnesota DNR Shoreland Program

It’s no coincidence that both the Shoreland Management Act and the Center of Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) celebrated their 50th anniversaries in 2019. Minnesota’s shoreland management program was one of the first major statewide initiatives to come out of CURA. This milestone year offers a unique opportunity to look back on the history and purpose behind the shoreland program, its beginnings with CURA, trends in shoreland development, and what we can do to improve shoreland development into the future.

Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Small Grant Program Request for Proposals

October 23, 2019

Join us for the Community-Engaged Research & Practice Workshop Series this Fall!

October 8, 2019

Upcoming Kris Nelson Community Based Research Deadline

October 1, 2019

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds the power and capacity of community-based organizations to create social change through partnerships with the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects.

Presenting the 2019 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative Projects

October 1, 2019

In Memoriam: Esther Wattenberg

July 19, 2019

It is with great sadness that we report that Esther Wattenberg passed away on July 19th, just shy of her 100th birthday.

A professor of social work at the University of Minnesota, she was a fierce advocate for underserved women and children. Esther was a critical part of CURA's work for several decades and a treasured part of the CURA family. May her memory be an inspiration.

Deadline for fall community based research project proposals is July 3

June 17, 2019

The Kris Nelson Community Based Research Program at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) builds the power and capacity of community-based organizations to create social change through partnerships with the University of Minnesota. The research needs of organizations are matched with students to carry out community-defined and guided projects.

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