Community partnerships and outreach

K–12 campus visits 

Hands-on workshops and classes for school-age kids on the university's campus.

The Zone Homework Center 

Reading, writing, math and computer tutoring for youth in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood of Saint Paul.

GROW-IT Center 

A upcoming community-university urban agricultural gateway for research, workforce development, innovation and teaching.

Anchored in place: Community wealth and vitality 

How Metropolitan State University nurtures community through procurement, personnel and place-making.

First Saturday Science 

Workshops led by students, faculty and our partners for local youths to explore topics in science and the scientific method.

Metropolitan State University is committed by its mission to academic excellence and community partnerships through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and services designed to support our urban mission.

Partnerships and outreach describe two different but related approaches to community engagement.

Partnership focuses on collaborative interactions between campus and community for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration and application of knowledge, information and resources. Partnership examples include the St. Paul Public Library which operates its Dayton?s Bluff Branch in a co-located university library and information center on the St. Paul campus; or the GROW-IT Center, a community-university hub for knowledge exchange, research and teaching about food security and urban agriculture.

Outreach focuses on the application and provision of university resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. For example, reduced rental rates for community and non-profit use of campus facilities; or The Zone Homework Help Center, where university students tutor neighborhood youth to assist in mutually beneficial academic development.

We want to hear your ideas

If you have an idea for a community-university partnership or would like more information, please contact us!