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  • Locations: Minneapolis, United States; St. Paul, United States
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: HECUA 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 02/15/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Partner: HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs Click here for a definition of this term Program Term(s): Summer
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.75
Click here for a definition of this term Prerequisites: No Click here for a definition of this term Previous Language Study Req?: No
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language courses offered: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing Options: Student responsibility Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Culture, Geography, History, Humanities, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Urban Studies
Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Short Term, Study Center, Theme based Click here for a definition of this term Additional Program Options: Community Engagement, Field Study
Program Description:

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From settler colonialism to the Civil Rights Movement to current movements for racial and social justice, explore the roots of racial inequality and racism in Minnesota and across the United States. 


In response to the murder of George Floyd, and subsequent summer uprisings in our communities and across the country, HECUA is making the Race in America program a special Twin Cities-based offering for Summer 2021. As this program responds to this critical moment in the history of our community and nation, we will work to honor the thematic priorities of the Race in America program (typically based in Jackson, Mississippi), including remote engagement with HECUA community partners in Mississippi and elsewhere in the South.

The Race in America-Twin Cities program examines the unique and destructive legacy of settler colonialism in Minnesota and its impacts on our Indigenous communities, later Black Minnesotans, and more recently, other communities of color, including new immigrants. Today, Minnesotans enjoy some of the highest quality of life indicators in the country. However, there are also staggering economic and educational disparities – some of the widest gaps in the US– between BIPOC Minnesotans and their White counterparts, particularly across urban communities. The murder of George Floyd and the summer uprisings of 2020 revealed to the world that racial and economic justice in Minnesota and across this nation are far from reality. 

Students in HECUA’s Race in America-Twin Cities program are introduced to a new generation of leaders who are working to meet critical challenges in education, policing and public safety, voting rights, environmental justice, and the establishment of a model for grassroots cooperative economics. Students will leave this program with a profound understanding of past and current movements for justice, new ways to examine issues of power and privilege, and a deeper understanding of their own capacity to make change. Read more about Race in America.


This program is a 6-credit summer program (4 credits for University of Minnesota students)

Program fees:

Member and non-member school use different fee structures. Click here for the most up-to-date information.

This Program is open to

Undergraduate students enrolled in a college or university in the United States who have completed their first year of college.


Scholarships are available for the Race in America summer program. BIPOC students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. More information about the application process is available on the HECUA website, here.

To Apply

Contact to speak with a HECUA Campus Representative or visit our website to begin your applications. 

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More information at the HECUA Race in America webpage >>>

Gustavus information

HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.

Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.

Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.