Welcome to UROC

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.

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Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota seeks community input

Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota seeks community input on the creation of a statewide action plan for young women and LGBTQ youth ages 12 to 24.  Learn more and take the survey.

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Doll Power! Celebrating the Passion of Play

February 2 to March 31, 2017
UROC Gallery
Artist Robin Hickman shares the story of her work and explores why playing with dolls still matters for adults. In DOLL POWER! Hickman's stunningly detailed photographs, installations, and narratives invite the viewer to learn more about her story and why she has made creating and uplifting dolls her life's work. The gallery reception will be held on Thursday, February 2nd, from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.

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National journal spotlights UROC and the community

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.

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Economic Development and Urban Communities: A Quality of Life Conversation—Thursday, Nov. 17

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.

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Mon, Feb 27, 2017
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
FAST Luncheon
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Mon, Feb 27, 2017
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Minneapolis Fire Department Recruiting Session
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Sat, Feb 25, 2017
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
On Eagle's Wings
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