A Movement of Rural-Urban Connectors

The Rural-Urban Exchange

is a movement of individuals who yearn for complex, full, authentic representation of one another. Through exchange we actively commit to addressing the challenges affecting our most distant neighbors as if they lived next door to ourselves.

How We Gather

The Minnesota Rural-Urban Exchange cohort is a creative leadership program designed to develop skills and confidence, grow social capital, and cultivate relationships across racial, economic and geographic divides. RUX brings us to one another’s places to better understand who we are, what we love, what we fear, and what we need from one another. Each gathering is curated as a long-weekend retreat and will be hosted in various rural and urban communities across the state. The weekend retreats are designed with local partners to include an itinerary that uplifts the hidden treasures in their community and reveals the challenges and complexities of their place.

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Announcing the 2022 Cohort Connectors!

After two years of virtual learning, ideating and co-creating the Minnesota Rural-Urban Exchange, we are thrilled to announce our 2022 Cohort Connectors! We welcome 15 Minnesotans with varied experiences of leadership, career, geography, age, ability, expertise, gender, race, sexuality, culture, and class. They are complex, authentic, vulnerable, passionate and committed. And we are here for it!


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