Community Partners

The mission at WSU-Rochester is to enhance the intellectual, social, cultural and economic vitality of the people and communities we serve. We value our collaborative partnerships because they benefit the campus community and the broader community alike.

Students Engage as Volunteers

Those who attend WSU-Rochester are more than just students—they are members of the Rochester community in their own right. Many students participate in volunteering events that align with their degrees of study. For instance:

  • 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-Rochester student leaders partnered with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office to provide crisis intervention training for the WSU-Rochester and Rochester Community and Technical College community
  • Students in the WSU-Rochester Nursing were awarded the Top Fundraiser Team for Relay for Life


Faculty Collaborate with Community Partners

WSU-Rochester faculty also find opportunities to make a difference in the Rochester, MN community. 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. Dr. Meirs has served as a co-investigator of a five-year study funded by the National Institutes of Health, called Healthy Immigrant Families: Working Together to Move More and Eat Well.

WSU-Rochester faculty Rachel Hermann, MS RN CNP, collaborated with Rochester Public SchoolsMayo ClinicOlmsted County Public HealthZumbro 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.



Programs Support Local Education

Education is a foundation for success, which is why WSU-Rochester makes an effort to support local schools. 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 so that they are better prepared for the realities of a classroom upon graduating. The WSU-Rochester College of Education students also lead the summer STEM Camp program to help encourage kids to enjoy science, math and technology subjects and pursue careers in such in-demand fields.

HealthForce Minnesota, located on our Winona State University-Rochester campus also 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. 


Institutional Affiliations

WSU-Rochester has a wide variety of partner organizations across the education, healthcare, business industries. 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 and 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 PrideFest
Diversity Council Rochester Area Economic Development Inc. (RAEDI) Rochester Workforce Development, Inc.
GRAUC Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) STEM Village
Hawthorne Education Center Riverland Community College (Austin, MN) Sports Mentorship Academy
Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association (IMAA) Rochester Area Math and Science Partnership