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Center for Small Town Values

Our Values

Rural communities have unique assets that make them ideal places to learn, work, and live.

People who live in rural communities understand their challenges best.

Addressing complex problems requires flexible thinking and a broad base of knowledge.

Students and faculty learn, teach, and do their best work when they are applying what they know to real world challenges.

We live, work, and learn on Dakota and Anishinaabe land, and our projects honor the complex history of our campus, state, and nation by engaging Indigenous students and communities.

We strive to honor the stories and assets of both long-term residents and people who have come to rural communities from other communities, states, and countries.

We invest in young people so they will be proud of where they come from and prepared to use their voices and gifts to continue improving their communities.