Community Partners

Our mission is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. We value our community and collaborative partnerships.

Here are some examples of our Winona State University-Rochester community connections.

WSU-Rochester’s Elementary Education courses take place at Riverside Central Elementary School. Our teacher candidates engage with elementary-age students on a daily basis while pursuing their bachelor’s degree. Our WSU-R College of Education students also lead the summer STEM Camp program.

As part of the Rochester Health Community Partnership, Dr. Sonja Meiers, Professor and Director of Graduate Nursing has been integrally involved in the family-based intervention development program including a co-investigator of a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health, entitled Healthy Immigrant Families: Working Together to Move More and Eat Well.

WSU-Rochester faculty Rachel Hermann, MS RN CNP, collaborated with Rochester Public Schools, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County Public Health, Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center and other partners in creating Rochester Student Health Services for middle school and high schools students attending the Rochester Alternative Learning Center

HealthForce Minnesota, located on our Winona State University-Rochester campus continues to expand K-12 programming throughout the state of Minnesota. Scrubs Camps are a key way HealthForce Minnesota works collaboratively with K-12, higher education, employers and community organizations to provide fun, hands-on opportunities to develop tomorrow’s healthcare workforce. 

Additionally, graduate Counselor Education students volunteer at the United Way Community Winter Outerwear event. Undergraduate Social Work students participated in the NAMI Walks and coordinated a Halloween 5K Walk/Run: A Rally for Refugees. Computer Science students created a website for a non-profit organization,Good News Children’s Center. WSU-R student leaders partnered with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office to provide a Crisis Intervention Training for the WSU-Rochester and Rochester Community and Technical College community. The WSU-Rochester Nursing were awarded the Top Fundraiser Team for Relay for Life.

Some of our community affiliations include, but are not limited to:

Byron Public Schools  Kasson-Manorville Public Schools Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
Catholic Charities Madonna Towers Rochester Community & Technical College
Channel One Meadow Lakes Senior Living Rochester Higher Education Providers Council
City of Rochester National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Rochester Family Services
Comfort Home Health Care  Olmsted County Rochester Public Library
Council on Black Minnesotans Olmsted Medical Center Rochester Public Schools
Diversity Council Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI) Rochester PrideFest
GRAUC Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) Rochester Workforce Development, Inc.
Hawthorne Education Center Riverland Community College (Austin, MN) STEM Village
Homestead at Rochester Rochester Alternative Learning Center Sports Mentorship Academy
Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA)  Rochester Area Math & Science Partnership University Center Rochester