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Site Visits

The ESC Conference is offering optional, free site visits on Monday, October 1 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. for those interested.  If interested in participating in a site visit, please register as space is limited.



Site Visit Option #1:  North Minneapolis and the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center

Located in North Minneapolis, the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) links the University of Minnesota in vital public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life, and discover breakthrough solutions to critical problems. Since opening its doors in 2009, UROC has worked to build thriving, innovative, and respectful collaborations, create new models of urban and community development, and strengthen the University of Minnesota as a vitally engaged 21st-century university serving the public good. Join UROC staff for a short outdoor tour of the Penn Avenue and Plymouth Avenue node in North Minneapolis and the partnership between Hennepin County, Thor Companies, the Minneapolis Urban League, and UROC that is revitalizing this historic intersection. Over $100 million in new investments are slated for the intersection, intentionally engaging with the North Minneapolis community to ensure their inclusion in the economic development and benefits. Return to UROC to learn more about how UROC conducts their work in engaged research and outreach and tour the UROC art gallery and building. 

Site Visit Option #2: Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood

The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is located on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, east of downtown Minneapolis. Its history is nearly as old as the city itself. In the late 1890's the neighborhood was known as "Snooze Boulevard," a thriving community of Scandinavian immigrants, many of whom worked in the milling and lumber industries. In the 1960s and 1970s, the neighborhood became a beehive of hippies, intellectuals, artists, and musicians. The towers of Riverside Plaza were the model for high-rise living of the future. Today, Cedar-Riverside boasts the largest community of immigrants in the Twin Cities, continuing a long history of ethnic and cultural diversity. The history is a living one, always changing to meet the needs and dreams of its residents. Join staff from the University of Minnesota's Office for Public Engagement for a tour of the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Meet with community leaders and learn more about this densely populated, civically active community that is packed with venues offering live theater performance, music, and dance. The Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is adjacent to the University of Minnesota and staff will share the model of university civic engagement that aims to create new and effective partnerships between the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and the University of Minnesota.