We invite you to spend a little time getting to know us and learn about what makes UROC tick. UROC is a University of Minnesota research center, but it’s also an important resource for the North Minneapolis community. It’s a gathering place for local residents, an educational and cultural setting, and a living laboratory where the community and University researchers work together to improve the lives of those in urban areas.
The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center is a unit of the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement within the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
As part of the University of Minnesota’s formal review process for academic research centers, UROC underwent its first external program review in November, 2016. The process involved a self-study written by UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas, as well as interviews, a site visit and a written report with recommendations for growth and improvement by an external program review committee.
The UROC Gallery will feature "Red Rice, Schools & Hope: One Story of Community Sustainability Through Pictures," an exhibit that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the work of Twin Cities-based non-profit, the Sierra Leone Fund for New Democracy.
University of Minnesota faculty and advocacy leaders from the Twin Cities’s communities of color will lead a public discussion at 6 p.m. Monday, May 22 about the physical and mental toll on women, girls, and families of color surrounding executive decisions and recent actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
UROC Executive Advisory Committee member Megan Gunnar has been named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the country's most prestigeous honorary societies. A University of Minnesota Regents Professor, Distinguished McKnight University Professor and director of the Institute of Child Development in the College of Education and Human Development, Gunnar is a leading researcher in child development and developmental psychobiology.