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The core strength of River Life is giving community members access to things that are happening on campus and reciprocally helping the university be responsible and helpful to the community in which it is embedded by better understanding the needs, interests, and perspective of community partners. This access provides opportunities for partners to learn from each other to develop work that is engaged, participatory, and reciprocally beneficial. At the heart of all River Life’s work is a commitment to involving community partners and deepening relationships. Some examples of our most significant collaborators include:

Healing Place Collaborative

The indigenous artist-led Healing Place Collaborative is a group of artists, educators, researchers, and activists who play leadership roles in articulating the vital role of the Mississippi River in the life of the Twin Cities.

Mississippi River Network

The goal of the Mississippi River Network  is to protect the land, water and people of the United States’ greatest River. Founded in 2005, the Network has grown into a diverse coalition of 49 nonprofit organizations and businesses from the River’s headwaters in Minnesota, to where it drains into the Gulf of Mexico.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers select University students an enriched interdisciplinary learning environment that comprises curricular and co-curricular offerings.  Over the years River Life and UHP staff and students have collaborated on a number of special seminars, engagement programs, community-oriented research programs and thesis projects.