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  • Communities of Excellence: A Case Study

    By Kruse Scholar Jasmin Fosheim Sioux Falls, South Dakota is currently experiencing a major shortage of affordable housing units. Struggling families without safe homes to return to each night are forced to wait years before they ... more

  • How do we get more youth of color at the polls?

      By San Diego Community Fellow Janice Luna Reynoso Fewer youth of color are participating at the polls than ever.  In November of the 2014 general election, only 8.2 percent of eligible voters between the ... more

  • Building Community is a Lifestyle, Not a Job

    By Kruse Scholar Jesse Nelson All around us, things seem distressed. There a palpable sense of unease in the air, not unlike the feeling one gets when a nasty winter cold is settling in, but ... more

  • Defining our community: who should be included?

    By Kruse Scholar Andrea Stoesz Recently, members of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party in south Minneapolis, Senate district 60-B. made national history. Ilhan Omar, a Somali-American woman, won an extremely competitive primary in a heavily DFL ... more

  • A message from COE 2026 Board Chair Lowell Kruse

    In another slight departure from our weekly Kruse Scholar blog series, we asked Lowell Kruse, COE 2026 Board Chair and co-founder (along with his wife Leslie) of the Communities of Excellence Scholarship to contribute. Many of you have been ... more

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