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    About the Hamline to Hamline Collaboration

    The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is a partnership between Hamline University and Hamline Elementary School. Hamline Elementary School and Hamline University are on neighboring campuses located directly across Snelling Avenue from each other in St. Paul. Students, staff, and faculty at Hamline University and Hamline Elementary School have been crossing Snelling Avenue to participate in collaborative activities with each other, creating alliances across the community.

    In the spring of 1991, Hamline University and Hamline Elementary School formed a collaboration that became the first university-elementary partnership of its kind in the nation. Since its foundation, Hamline and Hamline students have shared many valuable learning experiences together. The Collaboration continues to strive towards an integrated campus that fosters reciprocal relationships and practices the philosophy that “College Begins in Kindergarten.”

    The Collaboration is unique for its interdisciplinary scope of programs, featuring academic pairings between elementary grade levels and University departments, Hand in Hand mentoring, joint-service learning projects, as well as collaborative mini-grants that offer financial support for projects between University and Elementary instructors and students. Academic pairings allow elementary students from every grade the chance to participate in a project with different departments and schools within Hamline University. For example, elementary and university students may work together on projects that focus on homelessness, culturally relevant pedagogy, and water conservation (to name a few). 

    The Collaboration also features a comprehensive and expansive tutoring program that annually employs around 70 university students to work in elementary classrooms. Many Hamline students also participate in the Hand in Hand mentoring program, as well as other smaller collaborative projects implemented through Hamline University courses or student organizations. 

    Mission Statement

    The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration mission is to engage all members of Hamline University, Hamline Elementary, and the community in authentic, shared and purposeful learning experiences.  


    We create meaningful and lasting connections among elementary school, college, and the community that inspire the love of life-long learning.

    Hamline to Hamline Collaboration Contacts

    Coordinator for the H-H Collaboration: Kevin Yang | kyang45@hamline.edu

    Hamline Elementary Liaison: Jodie Wilson | jodie.wilson@spps.org

    Hamline University Liaison: Maggie Struck | mstruck01@hamline.edu

    Hamline Elementary Administrator: Principal Kristin Reilly | kristin.reilly@spps.org

    Assistant to the Collaboration: Yee Thao | hhcollaboration@hamline.edu


    Learn more about the Collaboration Executive Board and Advisory Board