Civil Rights Research Experience

2017 Themes:
African American Strand: 
His Us Story”

Latinx Strand: "Afro-Latinidad"

Native/Indigenous Strand: "Mni-Wiconi: Water is Life"
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“A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places. Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class. Various jurisdictions have enacted statutes to prevent discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin, and in some instances sexual orientation.”
The WMEP Civil Rights Research Experience (CRRE) is a powerful opportunity for students and staff to impact the way history and ethnic studies are taught in the region. Created in collaboration with Robbinsdale Area Schools and community members, the experience deepens the understanding of history – a history told through multiple perspectives – and its impact on the present day. CRRE empowers communities to make change for the future, thus positively impacting a student’s understanding of self, purpose, history, and engagement in learning.

2016-17 CRRE Learning Stages


Connecting high school students and staff across our member districts, CRRE is divided into the following strands: African American, Native, and Latinx.  Each strand contains three learning stages that challenge students and staff to utilize and apply theoretical concepts.


Civil Rights Research Institute: Theory

Preparation sessions provide background knowledge of early civil rights through current civil rights challenges. Students and staff research and examine historical and current events through multiple perspectives making room for voices typically missing in classrooms.


Civil Rights Research Institute: Tour and Newsroom

Through experiential learning, students and staff continue their research through visits to historical sites and museums, participation in a mobile classroom, and interviews of past and present civil rights activists.

Students in the institute who have already participated in the tours will engage with local journalists and producers to build their own newsroom. These students will curate the media they receive from their touring peers as they take on the role of journalists and produce digital media broadcasts for their home district.


Civil Rights Research Institute: Action

Students and staff return to their home districts to write curriculum and craft instructional resources to impact elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Students hone presentation and communication skills as they present to a number of groups including administrators, school board members, educators, and community members.

2016-17 CRRE Experience Details

Civil Rights Research Experience (CRRE) Strands

African American Strand

Latinx Strand

Native Strand

Available to all students interested in studying the movements, identities, and perspectives of people of African-descent in the United States.  Includes current and historical perspectives.

Previous destinations have included: Selma, Alabama; South Carolina; Memphis, Tennessee; Mississippi; Washington D.C; New York; and Maryland.

Available to all students interested in studying the intersections of identity, race, indigenous roots, and social movements of Latinx people across the United States.

Previous destinations have included: Los Angeles, California; Colorado; and El Paso, Texas.

Available to Native American students interested in the history, movements, and lived experiences of indigenous people in the Americas.  

Previous destinations have included: Minnesotan communities of Bemidji, Jeffers, and Mille Lacs; as well as South Dakota.

2016-17 CRRE Experience Details

Important Dates

Student Selection & Info Night (Mandatory)

CRRE Institute: Theory

CRRE Institute:
Tours & Newsroom

CRRE Institute: Action

Student Selection:

Occurs between November and January.  Contact your district representatives for interview dates.

Information Night (Parents/Guardians and Students):

Thursday, February 9, 2017 (Location TBD)

Saturdays (9am-noon) February 25th-March 25th

Location: U of MN

Final details on location will be provided at the Information Night on February 9.

Tour Length:  3 Days (not including travel) Detailed itineraries will be shared at the Information Night on February 9.

African American and Latinx Strands: March 30-April 3

Native Strand: April 2-8

Determined by students and their home district.  

Any related meetings, presentations, or projects will be communicated by district representatives.