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Get involved where you live. Bring your passion for what you study, and put your knowledge to work
for the community. Join residents to discuss who we are as a community and what we want to be



  • It's free! Register on-site or in advance
  • Network for jobs & internships
  • Meet city officials and leaders
  • Receive lunch discounts and coupons
  • Register to win a door prize
  • Free shuttle service from UND!
  • Bring a clicker if you have one
  • Talk about the issues you care about
  • Interact with local residents
  • Enjoy free comedy improv



8 - 9 a.m.


Shuttle service from UND every half hour, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Union to Empire Arts Center
(415 DeMers Avenue downtown). Free On-Site Registration (Empire Arts Center); pre-registration is
encouraged at

9 -10:15 a.m.

Welcome by Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown. Opening Session "Who are we, and what kind of
community do we want to become? (Empire Arts)

An open mike session with opportunities to weigh in with your votes after hearing from discussion
primers UNO Geography Professor Douglas Munski, United Way President Pat Berger, and
Community Foundation President Kristi Mishler

10:30 -11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions: Issues Affecting Grand Forks (Empire Arts Center and Downtown Locations)

•    Population: Who lives in Grand Forks, and how is that changing?

  •    Economics: What jobs are available here, and what other economic opportunities do we need?

     Social Issues: What struggles do people have, and what would they like to do about them?

  •    Retention of UNO Graduates: What motivates students to stay, and what's available for them?

  •     Environment & Natural Resources: Are we taking care of them, and is Gf a "Sustainable City"?

  •    History: Are we preserving our past, and how does our past affect our future?

  •    Neighborhoods: Where do people live, and what support do our neighborhoods need?

      Arts & Education: How do these contribute to who we are, and how we imagine change?

     Communication: How do people communicate here, and how would we like to communicate?

Politics: How do things get done here, and are there ways to make improvements?

12 -12:45 p.m.

Lunch on your own (Downtown Locations). Look for coupons in the registration packet

1-2 p.m.

Improv Comedy Troupe: "What did we just say?" (Empire Arts Center)



Lana Rakow, Director; Kay Powell, Forum Coordinator
(777-2287); kristin.powel (777-6181)
317 Cambridge St.;


Common Ground 2016 Flyers

Common Ground Community Flyer (PDF)
Common Ground Faculty Flyer (PDF)
Common Ground Student Flyer (PDF)
Electronic Screen Flyers for Mem Union (PDF)
Electronic Screen Flyers for Res Halls (PDF)
Forum Sponsorship Flyer (PDF)

Common Ground 2016 Audio Recordings

Communication Break Out Session
Environment Break Out Session
History Break Out Session
Neighborhood Break Out Session
Politics Break Out Session
Population Break Out Session
Retention of UND Graduates Break Out Session
Social Issues Break Out Session


Power Points

Pat Berger's United Way presentation (PPT) (PDF)
Partners for 8-9 a.m. session presentation (PPTX) (PDF)
Kristi's Community Foundation
presentation (PPTX) (PDF)
Community Partnerships presentation (XPS) (PDF)

Results from Individual Sessions

Arts & Education (DOCX) (PDF)
Communication (DOCX) (PDF)
Environment (DOCX) (PDF)
History (DOCX) (PDF)
Local Economy (DOCX) (PDF)
Politics (DOCX) (PDF)
Population (DOCX) (PDF)
Retention of UND Students (DOCX) (PDF)
Social Issues (DOCX) (PDF)

Session Videos (Available on LibraryTube)

Morning Session Part 1

Morning Session Part 2

Afternoon Session

Other Documents

IRB Approval Page 7 (PDF)
IRB Approval through 2016 (PDF)
Signed Grant Agreement - Knight Foundation (PDF)

Sponsor Logos

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