Informing how the built environment can be a medium for creating healthy and connected communities in which everyone can thrive. fuses research findings with design-related best practices that can be used to eliminate health, income, and educational racial disparities and strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of neighborhoods, cities, regions, and states. You can search by building type and city, foster synergies with other cultural enrichers, and connect with us for more targeted resources and dialogues.


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Why Culturally Enriched Communities matter

Minnesota along with the Greater Minneapolis/St Paul region consistently rank among the top in the country:  

Although Minnesota enjoys high ranks in many quality of life indicators, it also experiences disparities in health, education, and income between Whites and people of color. Healthy and connected communities however, are key to a region’s economic and cultural vitality. Designers, planners, policy makers, housing developers, neighborhood organizers, and advocates can use the eight principles and best practices of Culturally Enriched Communities to create places that contribute to the prosperity and well-being of all people.

Recent Conversations and Publications

UMN Initiative on the Sustainable Development Goals – Reducing inequalities– Aug. 25, 2020.

Hadjiyanni, T. (2020). Reflecting on community-engaged research in the post-pandemic and post-protest era. Palgrave Macmillan Social Science Matters.

Hadjiyanni, T. Why I believe in Minneapolis. MinnPost, June 22, 2020.