The Julia Richman Complex

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LETTER FROM DR. JOE NATHAN, DIRECTOR
CENTER FOR SCHOOL CHANGE
HUBERT HUMPHREY CENTER FOR SCHOOL CHANGE
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

The Julia Richman complex should be designated as a "living landmark" in American history. You and your colleagues have inspired people throughout the country, and indeed throughout the world.

As you know, the Julia Richman complex has been featured in two national publications produced by the Center for School Change at the University of Minnesota. Tens of thousands of people have either downloaded or purchase this booklet, which shows how schools can share building space with each other and with various community groups.

Having spent part of my career in k-12, and part of my career in "higher" or "post-secondary" education, I understand how organizations can look at nearby space and want to acquire it.

Sometimes the space is empty; sometimes it is occupied but with a non-descript building, with tenants who easily can be sent elsewhere.

That is NOT the case with the Julia Richman complex.

You have shown what can be done with an older building. You have shown how to reach out, and draw in, a community. You and your colleagues show how by working together, educators and community members can create far more than any of them could do by themselves.

Thanks to you for your vision, energy and courage. Congratulations on your well deserved award. I hope JREC is named a "living landmark" for coming generations to learn from.

Sincerely
Dr. Joe Nathan

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