Our Goals

Minnesota Transform is a major higher education initiative engaging anti-colonial and racial justice work through the public humanities at the University of Minnesota, in the Twin Cities, and across the state of Minnesota.

We build University relationships with Black, Indigenous, immigrant, and refugee peoples in Minnesota. Our goal is to amplify underrepresented histories, collaborate on new narratives, and foster community well-being.

Transformative Justice through Public Humanities

Minnesota Transform projects and collaborations expand our understanding of historical injustice in Minnesota, while offering radical connections between the past and visions for the future.

Collaborations include:

  • Dakota and Ojibwe language revitalization programs

  • Public history and art exhibitions

  • Pedagogical workshops

  • Multi-media storytelling

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Our Partnerships

Our partnerships include the following tribal and higher education institutions: Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Sisseton Wahpeton College, Minneapolis College, and the Humanities Action Lab. We are also in partnership with over 16 Twin Cities arts and community organizations including Pillsbury House + Theatre, The Aliveness Project, Ananya Dance Theatre, and more.

An Andrew W. Mellon Just Futures Higher Education Initiative Grant

In 2020, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Higher Learning Program awarded 16 projects under the Just Futures initiative to support multidisciplinary and multi-institutional collaborative teams producing humanities-based work to address racial inequity and lead to the building of socially just futures.

Read the Minnesota Transform Mellon Foundation Just Futures press release from the Institute for Advanced Study here.