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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 welcoming remarks and the 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 -



The 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.





The Taxpayer Services Department (TSD) and the University are engaged in a joint review to evaluate current processes of the County’s Tax-forfeited Land (TFL) Program and make improvements while considering statutory requirements and constraints.  The department has partnered with Assistant Professor Ryan Allen of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to develop and provide recommendations and proposed policy changes for its TFL Program to County Administration and the County Board.  Professor Allen has developed a preliminary data cohort for the last ten years to identify trends and outcomes for the lifecycle of TFL and properties in Hennepin County.  Jeff Strand of TSD has developed and vetted a stakeholder engagement plan (not yet implemented), which involves interviewing and conducting focused conversations and focus groups with key stakeholders (e.g., City Council President, Board members, suburban elected officials, key staff from Regulatory Services).

Neeraj Mehta, director of Community-Based Research at CURA, will be giving a presentation February 21 on this topic: Stories we tell ourselves: Twin Cities Poverty.
He is presenting at the Department of Geography's* Coffee Hour at 3:30 in 445 Blegen Hall on the West Bank campus of the University of Minnesota.  The Department's Coffee Hour is a Friday afternoon tradition, meant to get people together and hear from experts from across the University and around the world.

* The full name is now Department of Geography, Society and Environment, but I'm a traditionalist.


Heads up, Hennepin Folks!  While County staff cannot apply for funds from CURA for community-based research, community groups that you may be working with can.  So if you are working with a  community group that could benefit by working with a part-time student for one semester or over the summer to work on research-related activities, consider helping them submit a proposal to CURA.  


Proposals are due March 15th, 2013. Approved projects will run from May 26th to August 24th, 2014. 


It's pretty easy...go here for more info -


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Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) launched their new website with a new look and a user-friendly layout this month! Please visit the site at: to learn more about publications and projects, upcoming events, and their integrated blogs!


“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” - Nelson Mandela


Hennepin - University Partnership (HUP) Child Welfare Collaborative: 

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota  School of Social Work collaborates with Hennepin County Social Services through HUP to provide a learning opportunity for a small group of MSW students with a specialization in child welfare and supported with stipends through Title IV-E dollars. The purpose of the HUP Child Welfare Collaborative is to support students in having an integrated, in depth learning experience in child welfare and to build a highly-trained future workforce for Hennepin County.  Students work with both a University of Minnesota Title IV-E Field Coordinator and Hennepin County social workers to learn about the current issues, challenges, practices, and policies of working with families involved in the child welfare system.  Students involved in the Collaborative have field placements in units such as child protection intake, investigations, field, family group decision making, kinship, adoption, extended foster care, etc.  In addition to the work and learning within their units, students are able to connect and learn from social workers in other units through shadowing and  bi-monthly county seminars. In these seminars, social workers from various units meet with students to discuss social work practice in their child welfare units in an informal environment which encourages students to ask questions and learn.  In addition to regular supervision provided by their Hennepin County social workers and within their unit team meetings, students have regular supervision with the Title IV-E Field Coordinator who is on-site. For interest in the HUP Child Welfare Collaborative please contact Melissa Mendez at for further information.     


Hello! My name is Rachel and I just wanted to introduce myself as the newest HUP Graduate Assistant. I am a first-year graduate student at the Humphrey School studying Public Management. I have been with the HUP since mid-November working with Kathie and Vanee. It has already been a great experience for me and I'm looking forward to the events we are planning for this semester!

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