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African American & African Studies
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Outreach

A word from the Outreach Coordinator

Several years ago the University of Minnesota established the goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities in the world. To make this goal a reality the Department of African American & African Studies understood the importance to be committed to partnering with the community, businesses, and K-12 institutions.

Through these partnerships the department provides a variety of cutting edge initiatives that invest in Minnesota's economy and quality of life. Our outreach efforts offer not only the support of a professional, experienced staff, but we also draw upon the resources of a great university. Our outstanding U of M faculty and staff provide knowledge solutions to meet the needs of students and community stakeholders in Minnesota and around the world.

So take some time and browse through our Web site to familiarize yourself with the many opportunities and initiatives of African American & African Studies Outreach. As you do, I encourage you to become a partner with us, either as a mentor, an employer seeking continuing education programs for employees, a representative of a funding agency, or in another capacity.

We welcome your interest and involvement and look forward to working with you.

Scott Redd, Outreach Coordinator
Department of African American & African Studies, University of Minnesota

Community Advisory Council

Purpose

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is designed to stimulate communication between community members and the University of Minnesota's Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS). Council members serve in an advisory capacity to the department by providing input on local/national/global issues affecting African American and African communities. Members also provide input regarding the development of partnerships and programming and provide a source of thoughts, ideas, and opinions from the community perspective.

Responsibility

Members are responsible for soliciting and conveying the opinions of their community constituents regarding the AA&AS department partnership with the community and for promoting open communication between the community and the department.

Attendance at monthly meetings is expected, with an anticipated time commitment of two hours per meeting. Additional meetings may be called as needed.

Partnerships

Urban Research Outreach and Engagement Center (UROC)
The Department of African American & African Studies (AA&AS) has undertaken a new initiative to address the concerns of North Minneapolis. The Department will partner with North Minneapolis stakeholders and the University of Minnesota's Urban Research Outreach and Engagement Center (UROC). UROC is the University's anchor in North Minneapolis. It partners with residents, organizations, local businesses, the city, and county to strengthen the community. The partnership will bring the community and the department together to give residents, organizations, AA&AS faculty, staff, and students the opportunity to work collaboratively on community identified issues. By forming partnerships with the community the department will facilitate processes which bring significant resources to the community in a well organized and clearly focused manner that will advance the over–all quality of life in North Minneapolis. Our efforts are designed to better educate the community on the African Diaspora and to increase higher college attendance rates.

Minnesota Spokesman Recorder
The department understands the news media is one of the most important ways of keeping our community informed. Therefore the department of AA&AS has agreed to partner with the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder (MSR), one of the most respected newspapers in the state. AA&AS faculty will contribute monthly articles to the MSR under the column heading Afro Thoughts.

K-12 partnerships
The department of AA&AS has established a variety of partnerships with local K-12 schools to improve student preparation. Programs and partnerships with K-12 institutions aim to serve students throughout their educational path and to ensure students understand the limitless career pathways for graduates of the department.

Initiatives

First Impressions
With help from the Black Student Union, Office for Equity and Diversity, and Admissions the department organizes campus visits for high school students, parents, K-12 staff, and community members. All groups receive a tour of campus, sit in on a lecture, and meet Board members of the Black Student Union.

Future Scholars
This program pairs African American students at Arlington High School with University of Minnesota students. University students work as mentors to prepare high school students for the social and academic challenges of a public research university.

Building Tomorrow's Leaders Today
This program pairs African American students at Arlington High School with University of Minnesota students. University students work as mentors to prepare high school students for the social and academic challenges of a public research university.