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.
UROC Executive Director Heidi Lasley Barajas is the author of an article in the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities' most recent Metropolitan Universities Journal. Barajas’s piece—Shared Space, Liminal Space: Five Years into a Community-University Place-Based Experiment, written in tandem with UROC’s Director of Research Lauren Martin—shines a light on the ways the University of Minnesota is engaging in the community through the use of shared spaces.
Join residents, business executives, and community leaders in a UROC Critical Conversation on Economic Development and Urban Communities: A Quality of Life Conversation at 6 p.m. Thursday, November 17. The event will explore the connection between public and private investment in North Minneapolis and other urban communities and its impact on individual and community health, prosperity, and quality of life.