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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota educates, engages, and equips leaders and communities to discover solutions that advance the common good in our diverse world. The School ranks among the country’s top professional public policy and planning schools, widely recognized for its success in advancing the common good through a comprehensive, world-class program. The S

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01/04/2024

Alumni Board President Robin Caufman began volunteering as soon as she graduated from the Humphrey School. Now, she's a Senior Community Planner at Bolton & Menk, Inc., working with cities, counties and state agencies on various planning projects: https://ow.ly/lc0550QnWtz 🌇⭐️

01/04/2024

T E N ⭐️ D A Y S until the 43rd Annual University of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall, featuring and Twin Cities community members and more! 🎶 Free and open to the public: z.umn.edu/mlk24

01/03/2024

Join Diplomat in Residence Tom Hanson as he discusses the latest developments and challenges confronting the nation at this year's U.S. Foreign Policy Update! 🌐🎤 This event is available both in-person and virtually: https://www.hhh.umn.edu/event/2024-us-foreign-policy-update Global Minnesota

MnDOT study examines impact of road closures on small businesses | Finance & Commerce 01/02/2024

A recent Minnesota Department of Transportation study investigates how road closures affect small businesses. Associate Dean for Faculty Yingling Fan says the findings suggest that transportation planners may need to “have greater care for more vulnerable small businesses that could be impacted by construction.” https://ow.ly/Ui7150Qncts 🚗 🚧

MnDOT study examines impact of road closures on small businesses | Finance & Commerce Recent metro-area highway improvement projects negatively impacted urban small businesses to a greater extent than their suburban counterparts, according to a Minnesota Department of Transportation study published this fall.

01/01/2024

We extend our warmest wishes for a joy-filled year ahead! 🌟

12/29/2023

Step into a world of fun just outside the Humphrey School! 🏙️ The vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood is filled with restaurants, shops, and activities. ☕🎭🍽️

Masking Even Some of the Time This Winter Could Help Prevent Respiratory Infections 12/28/2023

Associate Professor Audrey Dorélien shares what research has taught her about navigating winter gatherings amidst rising illnesses: "Yes, we should promote mask wearing. But masking won’t be 100 percent...I do think it’s really important to improve general air quality in public spaces and workplaces alike." 🔍😷

Masking Even Some of the Time This Winter Could Help Prevent Respiratory Infections Experts weigh in on how you can navigate social gatherings and travel as respiratory illnesses rise this winter

A split among Democrats may threaten ‘the Squad’ - and help Trump - in 2024 12/27/2023

Centrists are taking on progressives in upcoming House races. Professor Larry Jacobs says, "The Squad has a target on its back. The Israeli Zionist interest have concluded that they underinvested in the last election."🏛️ 👥

A split among Democrats may threaten ‘the Squad’ - and help Trump - in 2024 Centrists are taking on progressives in upcoming House races, as some say they’re losing sight of the big picture

12/27/2023

Heri za Kwanzaa! Wishing you a joyous Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday that is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. Each day of this community and culture-centered holiday focuses on a different principle that together make up the core of the holiday: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith). Wishing you a joyous Kwanzaa! Kwanzaa is an African American and Pan-African holiday that is celebrated from December 26 to January 1. Each day of this community and culture-centered holiday focuses on a different principle that together make up the core of the holiday: Umoja (Unity), Kujichagulia (Self-Determination), Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility), Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics), Nia (Purpose), Kuumba (Creativity), and Imani (Faith).

12/22/2023

Ph.D. student Youngmin Chu has published an article in The Gender Policy Report about the value of unpaid carework in Minnesota. 📚💡https://ow.ly/RZSZ50Qla6l Center on Women, Gender and Public Policy, Humphrey School

12/21/2023

Fall semester is officially over! Now it's time to relax, recharge, and enjoy the winter beauty around us. ❄️☃️

12/21/2023

Associate Professor Bonnie Keeler's research team is exploring Mississippi River cities, connecting with environmental justice organizers and learning about community challenges. 🚢🎣 This research, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, aims to inform federal water policy: https://ow.ly/ZXqi50QkJuE 🌎

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Warm memories from the Humphrey Winter Banquet! ❄️✨ Students, faculty, and staff came together for a night of festive fun hosted by the Public Affairs Student Association (PASA). 🎉

Iowa caucuses look like a race for second place 12/19/2023

4 weeks until the Iowa caucuses! 📆🗳️ Professor Larry Jacobs predicts former President Trump as the likely GOP winner despite facing criminal charges.

“These indictments, which would have killed any other candidate, has actually helped boost him to a level that looks very, very difficult to overcome.”

Iowa caucuses look like a race for second place With the Iowa caucuses now just four weeks away, it’s almost possible to project the Republican winner: former President Donald Trump.

12/15/2023

Join us for the 43rd Annual University of Minnesota Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert at Ted Mann Concert Hall on January 14 at 3 pm. A celebration featuring musical performances by members of the U of M and Twin Cities communities, and more, hosted by G. Phillip Shoultz, III of VocalEssence. This event will take place in-person at Ted Mann Concert Hall and will also be live-streamed. Free and open to the public. Info: z.umn.edu/mlk24

Event co-presented by the University of Minnesota, School of Music and Office for Equity and Diversity.

After the Pandemic, a Look at the Future of Telecommuting | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 12/14/2023

While telecommuting is not a novel concept, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated telecommuting as a vital strategy for social distancing. 🏡 🌐 Humphrey School experts say the work-from-home trend will impact planning for transit, broadband, and downtown development:

After the Pandemic, a Look at the Future of Telecommuting | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Humphrey School experts say the work-from-home trend will impact planning for transit, broadband, and downtown development

12/13/2023

Today marks the final day of classes! 📚🌟 Time to crush those finals! 💪🕐

12/13/2023

Transportation research is often about numbers. In a recent study led by Professor Yingling Fan, the focus shifted from data examination to actively listening to the transportation experiences of people in underserved communities in Minnesota.

“Our project illustrates the role transportation plays in people’s lives,” Fan explains. 🚗🗣️ https://ow.ly/kAG650QhZO0 Center for Transportation Studies - University of Minnesota

People with disabilities hope autonomous vehicles deliver independence - Minnesota Reformer 12/12/2023

A pilot project in northern Minnesota aims to pave the way for fully autonomous vehicles to offer independence for people who can’t drive. Transportation Researcher Frank Douma notes that developers face hurdles before autonomous vehicles can seamlessly integrate into rural life, “But it’s no longer something that can be dismissed as impossible.” 🚙🌾

People with disabilities hope autonomous vehicles deliver independence - Minnesota Reformer A 2022 report from the National Disability Institute predicted that autonomous vehicles could help many people with disabilities get out of their homes and obtain jobs.

Poll shows Minnesotans are less concerned about violent crime | MinnPost 12/11/2023

In a recent poll, Minnesota residents show less concern about violent crime than last year. Professor Larry Jacobs suggests the drop may be attributed to the impact of effective GOP campaigns during the 2022 midterm elections, where violent crime was a key focus: https://ow.ly/aVj750Qhy8i 💬🚨

Poll shows Minnesotans are less concerned about violent crime | MinnPost The rising costs of goods like groceries and gas, taxes and concern over the overturning of Roe v. Wade were all much more important concerns for Minnesotans.

12/11/2023

Join us for a deep dive into the dynamic world of international relations! 🌍 This year’s U.S. Foreign Policy Update will feature Diplomat in Residence Tom Hanson, who will discuss the latest developments, trends, and challenges facing the U.S., from the ongoing war in Ukraine to global struggles for peace and security. 💬 https://ow.ly/TkPy50Qg2fX Global Minnesota

12/08/2023

With finals approaching, it's important to remember to take care of your mental health. Find ways to get what you need, when you need it, to be your best possible self: https://ow.ly/xvhQ50Qcek8 💭⭐️

12/07/2023

Professor Samuel Myers Jr. has received a $417,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a research project on racial disparities in drowning deaths. For Myers, his interest in the subject isn't just professional–it's personal: https://ow.ly/XcV050Qg7jU 🏊

Master of Development Practice - Humphrey School of Public Affairs 12/07/2023

A strategic blend of training in theory and practice equips UMN Master of Development Practice - MDP graduates with knowledge, skills, and competencies essential to appropriate and effective engagement with the broad coalitions addressing society’s complex sustainable development challenges. 🎓🌍

Poverty and inequalities, social and environmental justice are a few of the thematic areas toward which our alumni gravitate: https://www.hhh.umn.edu/masters-programs/master-development-practice

Master of Development Practice - Humphrey School of Public Affairs Learn more about our Master of Development Practice (MDP) program: https://www.hhh.umn.edu/masters-programs/master-development-practice

Ranked choice voting is being touted as a cure-all for U.S. deep partisan divides 12/06/2023

This weekend, NPR interviewed Professor Larry Jacobs on the topic of ranked-choice voting.

"[Ranked choice voting] does not appear at this moment to be the solution to what ails American democracy. Could it be in the future? Possibly."

Hear more: https://ow.ly/wnut50Qg8mM 🎧📡

Ranked choice voting is being touted as a cure-all for U.S. deep partisan divides In ranked choice voting, a voter picks a favorite candidate, a second favorite and so on — instead of just one candidate. Voting reform is gaining popularity amid fears about threats to democracy.

12/05/2023

Several Humphrey School students and alumni are attending the UN’s Conference of the Parties (COP28 UAE) on climate change in Dubai. 🌍 They’ll be among the 70,000 negotiators and observers expected at the conference, “where the world comes together to agree on ways to address the climate crisis.” 🌱🤝 Follow their journey: https://environment.umn.edu/category/education/susteducation/cop28

Loss and damage financing at the UN Climate Conference 11/30/2023

Sharing insights on the climate negotiations at in Dubai, Dr. Nfamara K Dampha (MDP '17) says that "the unfortunate reality is that many developed countries see acts of climate justice as charity to poor countries disproportionately impacted by climate catastrophes rather than a moral, ethical and legal obligation." 🌍

Read more:

Loss and damage financing at the UN Climate Conference The COP28 global conference will address funds for areas most affected by changing climate.

11/30/2023

Our Certificate in Election Administration program is designed with flexibility for individuals already managing election offices and those seeking to become part of the next generation of committed leaders. Register for an info session to learn more: https://ow.ly/kOCs50QcEb6 🗳️📝

11/29/2023

Today's chili cook-off was a hit! It was the ultimate showdown of savory delights, and every student and employee who participated brought their A-game. 🔥🥣🌶️

11/27/2023

The fourth Friday of November is Native American Heritage Day. Today and every day, we strive to honor the over 574 tribal nations across the United States. More information about Native American resources and guides both on and off campus can be found at the Native American Heritage Month link in our bio.

UMN's Environmental Justice Assistance Center Prepares to Launch; Aims to 'Change the Dynamics' of Funding Green Projects | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs 11/27/2023

Associate Professors Bonnie Keeler and Gabe Chan are co-leading the Great Lakes TCTAC, along with University Extension Associate Dean Stephen Jeanetta. The center, which is launching with a $10 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, is a sprawling endeavor involving universities, tribal organizations, and nonprofits in six states: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. 🌿🌤️

Learn more:

UMN's Environmental Justice Assistance Center Prepares to Launch; Aims to 'Change the Dynamics' of Funding Green Projects | Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs The center, led by Humphrey School faculty, has goals of equitable funding and hands-on help for underserved communities

11/23/2023

Wishing you a restful holiday! Classes resume on Monday, November 27.

Demolition begins on former Kmart building, attention shifts to New Nicollet Redevelopment project 11/22/2023

Following the demolition of the Nicollet Avenue Kmart building, attention has shifted to the potential impact of the New Nicollet Redevelopment project. Urban planning experts Professor Ed Goetz and Assistant Professor Fernando Burga weigh in: https://ow.ly/Ic8B50QaqAK 🚧📢

Demolition begins on former Kmart building, attention shifts to New Nicollet Redevelopment project The commencement of the demolition initiates progress on the redevelopment project and highlights the hopes and challenges of navigating a greener future.

11/21/2023

Hey future Humphrey School students! For any questions regarding our application process, reach us via email at [email protected]. 📑⭐️🖊️

11/20/2023

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter died on Sunday at age 96. Professor Larry Jacobs says Carter was a "trailblazer in recognizing and championing the important public role of women in the country's public affairs in the White House.”

That role often brought her to Minnesota: https://ow.ly/J2GY50Q9Bmv

11/20/2023

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR). Today we honor the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of fatal, anti-transgender violence (which disproportionately affects transgender people of color, particularly Black transgender women). You can find more resources about transgender identity and for trans individuals by following the Gender and Sexuality Center for Q***r and Trans Life or by visiting them in Appleby Hall.

EDITORIAL | Light rail in the Twin Cities: We have a problem to solve 11/20/2023

The Twin Cities light rail continues to experience a decline in ridership. 📉🚊 Professor Yingling Fan says various factors contribute to ridership rates in any transit system post-pandemic, including reduced traffic, parking availability, and gas prices. But crime, she said, can trump them all, calling the need for resources to lower crime "imperative."

EDITORIAL | Light rail in the Twin Cities: We have a problem to solve "We've shown we can do this and that people can ride in safety," says Metro Transit's police chief. But first, riders need to be persuaded to return.

11/16/2023

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