The Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) connects the resources of the University of Minnesota with the interests and needs of urban communities and the region for the benefit of all.
CURA is founded on the belief that partnership between the university and the community is mutually beneficial. Communities determine issues important to them, and provide an understanding of the context of these issues and the wisdom to shape how they can best be addressed to create vital places to live and work. The university contributes extensive knowledge and expertise to understand community issues and discover new approaches to address them. This model of engaged research leads to outcomes that strengthen the community and enrich academic research.
CURA is home to a diverse array of community programs that provide a unique blend of leadership, research, resources, and technical skills to local communities at no cost, but with high value. Our community-focused programs create innovative solutions that promote equity and opportunity in communities throughout the Twin Cities region and beyond.