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Want to see how the U approaches strategic planning for the whole institution? Go here to learn more - http://strategic-planning.umn.edu/


At the HUP's Working with Students Workshop on July 10, 2014, Hennepin County employees learned about the different ways to work with students. They also identified four main barriers to working with students in their departments:
1. Insufficient staff capacity to oversee a student project
2. Time - typically don't have time to scope a student project, hire and oversee work
3. Difficulty in identifying and scoping projects that would be a good fit for a student
4. Funding - difficult to get funding for students into the departmental budget
For more information on working with students, go to http://hup.umn.edu/WorkwithStudents.html 
Videos from the workshop will be posted soon!
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Check out the recent article about Ripple Effect Mapping - REM - and make sure to click on the useful links and note there is a REM blog to follow. 


Today's Star Tribune featured an editorial about an exciting new Hennepin County workforce development initiative. The editorial called the initiative "an unprecedented outreach effort to attract and train historically disadvantaged workers for a wide range of specific job openings." Read more about the job match initiative here:



Mark your calendar! On July 10, 2014 from 8:30 am - 10:30 am, HUP is hosting a workshop about how to engage with students at the University. The workshop will be held in the CBRE training room in the 701 Building (701 4th Avenue South) in Minneapolis.


More information is coming soon!


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The year 2014 has been busy for HUP! Interested in taking a glimpse of year 2013? Check out the HUP Annual Report 2013 for a summary of highlighted collaborations, details of work orders, and evaluative feedback gathered through HUP administered surveys. Let us know if you have comments or suggestions! 



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The Hennepin-University Partnership hosted the Diversity and Inclusion Exchange event, on April 7th 2014 at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota Campus.

Catch the videos of all 10 fast-paced lively presentations here. Thank you to everyone who helped make this a successful and valuable event!


From April 25-27, the U will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, which brings mid-career professionals from developing countries to the United States for a year. The U's Law School hosts a cohort that focuses on human rights and the Humphrey School hosts a cohort focusing on public administration. Hennepin County has worked with some of the international fellows in the past. For more information about the anniversary celebration, click here. 


Check out this MinnPost article about recent research conducted by the U's Jerry Shannon (Geography dept) about where SNAP recipients shop for groceries - 




kd slam photoThe Diversity and Inclusion Exchange was hosted on April 7th 2014 between 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM at the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota Campus. David Hough, County Administrator, and Ed Goetz, Director for the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, opened the event. Ten speakers, five from Hennepin County and five from the University of Minnesota, presented on topics related to the main topic of Diversity and Inclusion. Commissioner Jan Callison made closing remarks.

Thank you for everyone who came - Watch out for upcoming photos, videos, and reports on event on this page and our website!


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Hennepin County's Human Services and Public Health Department (HSPHD) utilized Bridge the Gaps project to hire University of Minnesota graduate students to assist in accomplishing business goals.   Review attached summary report to learn how they did it and what they learned.


What:     Diversity & Inclusion Exchange

When:    Monday April 7th: 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Where:   Johnson Great Room - University McNamara Center (Address: 200 Oak Street S.E, Minneapolis, MN 55455)


Henn Co and the U of M share strong organizational commitments to diversity and inclusion – within their organizations as well as with the communities they serve. The HUP is hosting this event to bring together University and Hennepin staff to share perspectives and interests on this important topic. Event will include presentations from both HC and U staff and faculty, as well as networking opportunities after the presentations. Go here to sign up (deadline for sign up is April 2) - 




For those who are interested, check out this important event that will take place on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM in the Cowles Auditorium at the HHH Center.




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The 2014 MESI Spring Training event will be held on the St. Paul campus of the UofM during the week of March 10.  MESI is  the Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute.  This is their 19th annual conference.  The conference theme is Learning by Doing: Evaluator Competencies for Diverse Settings.  See the above link for conference details. 


The event actually has two components:

  • Conference: March 12-14
  • Workshops: March 10-11

CURA will provide partial scholarships to non-profit organizations wishing to attend one of the workshops.  These scholarships are not available to Hennepin County staff, but could prove useful to many of the organizations that work with the county.




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