Department of Civil Rights

Frank Reed, Interim Director

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Location:
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


How to Apply 

When to Apply

The application for Returning Scholars and Law Students will open January 11th and close January 31, 2021.

The general application will open on February 1 and close February 28, 2021.

Components of the Application

You must upload all the following items with the application:

  1. Resume (including education and relevant course work, skills, languages spoken, unpaid experience, volunteer experience, work history, and accomplishments [i.e. honors, awards, etc.]).
  2. Unofficial transcript labeled with your student information (i.e. name, major, etc.).
  3. Essay In a 1-2 page, 1.5 spaced essay, please describe how you have exhibited each of the below qualifications in your personal, academic, or professional journey. This is NOT a cover letter. Please answer each essay question in a separate paragraph. The completed essay must be uploaded under the attachment type "Other" in the online application.      

Please remember to answer all supplemental questions within the application.

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If you have any issues accessing the application please reach out to [email protected]

For alternative formats please contact Civil Rights Equity Division, 612-673-3012 or [email protected]
People who are deaf of hard of hearing can use relay service to call 311 at 612-673-3000.



What is the difference between the three different Urban Scholars applications?

Urban Scholars Application Breakdown
Application Placement USLI Application Dates
Multi-Jurisdictional City of Minneapolis, State of Minnesota, Fourth Judicial District Courts, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Metropolitan Airports Commission, Washburn Center for Children, Village Financial. Online

Feb 1 to Feb 28

Hennepin County Hennepin County Only Meets with Multi-jurisdictional cohorts online. TBA
Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Council Only TBA TBA

 All three applications ask for same materials. We encourage you to submit the same application materials to all three applications. We encourage applicants to apply to as many Urban Scholars cohorts as they wish.

I submitted an application, what comes next?

Key Dates for Next Steps:

Jan 31 - Application closes for law students and Returning Scholars
Feb 28 - General application closes
Feb to Early March - Staff screens applications
March to Early April - Interviews

Last updated Jan 5, 2021



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