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MPR Presents MN Diverse Communities Regional Lunch and Learn

Wednesday, November 17
Show | 12pm

Want to know what Indigenous Minnesotans think of the state’s cultural amenities? Or what Hmong Minnesotans think about the state’s courts? Or what Latinx Minnesotans think of public schools? Or how Black Minnesotans finances have changed over the pandemic?

This past summer the APM Research Lab conducted the “Minnesota’s Diverse Communities Survey,” to address these questions and much more. MPR News has reported on some of the results, but there are many more stories to be told!

We hope that the survey can be a resource for media outlets and others throughout the state. We hope that survey results can serve as a jumping off point for broader and deeper conversations about the experiences of different racial and ethnic groups in Minnesota.

Come to this session to learn more about the results of the survey and how you might use the survey in your reporting or related work.


Craig Helmstetter, Managing Partner, APMG Research Lab

Craig Helmstetter leads the Research Lab, directing the overall agenda and developing new projects, as well as providing hands-on analysis and reporting. Craig joined American Public Media from Wilder Research. His 16 years there included helping to establish and then lead the Minnesota Compass initiative.

Craig is a graduate of Luther College and received both a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon, where he focused on quantitative methods, survey research, public opinion, political psychology, and social stratification.

Benjamin Clary, Senior Research Analyst, APMG Research Lab

Benjamin Clary joined the Lab through the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which competitively awards recent humanities PhDs two-year positions at partnering non-academic organizations. Benjamin earned a doctoral degree in comparative literature from Emory University and also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Kenyon College. Previously Benjamin served as a research specialist with the Nature of Evidence Initiative at Emory, which deepens students’ engagement with research and evidence within and between disciplines.