Fostering our full potential

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Provide a place of opportunity for everyone

No matter our place of birth, those of us who call Minnesota home are proud to be part of something bigger. With campuses that reach every corner of the state, the University is a wellspring of arts, culture, and ideas that dismantle barriers, promote opportunities, and draw communities together.

Through the transformative power of teaching and learning, the University fosters people’s capacity to reach their full potential—by removing social, emotional, physical, and economic obstacles to success.

The journey so far

Already, gifts during the Driven campaign have:

Promoted equity, justice, and opportunity for all through targeted programs in law, public affairs, and political science

Enriched our collective quality of life by bringing performance, scholarship, and outreach in theater, dance, art, and music into communities statewide

Supported faculty who are working to eliminate the achievement gap in Minnesota’s schools

Expanded science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs for children in grades K-12 to ensure that today’s talented young people have the opportunities they need to become our state’s future workforce


  • Swimming lessons

    Professor Samuel Myers Jr., who studies drowning rates by race, is grateful for donor-funded research support.

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  • New beginnings

    The U of M's James H. Binger Center for New Americans brings new hope to immigrants and refugees.

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  • Free speech

    At a U of M camp for kids who stutter, children learn to be confident in their communication skills.

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