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  • Team lead Bill English with UROC executive director Heidi Barajas

    Northside leader William English and UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas prove research— rather than corporate goodwill or social responsibility—is the engine behind the UROC's Northside Job Creation Team.  Learn more...

  • School of Social Work Associate Professor Ross VeLure Roholt and staffers of the UROC-Kwanzaa Community Church

    Associate professor of Social Work Ross VeLure Roholt works with young people interested in community development at UROC-Kwanzaa Community Church’s after-school 21st Century Academy program. Learn more...

  • Dr. Megan Gunnar Standing by ICD Wall

    Talking, listening and building trust: University researcher Megan Gunnar on UROC’s Trauma Recovery Project. Launched last spring, the goal is to create a strategy for creating positive change in families and the Northside community. Learn more...

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Critical Conversation: Art for Healing
Watch artists, therapists and other local experts in an a UROC/KFAI-sponsored discussion on the healing power of art held April 10, 2014. Learn more.



UROC director of community outreach Makeda Zulu-Gillespie Makeda Zulu-Gillespiehas been awarded the 2014 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award for staff. The award honors faculty, staff, students and community partners who have made extraordinary and significant contributions to society through research, academic studies or public service.



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The Diastema Project:
There is Much to Be Said About a Gap-Toothed Grin


Depending on where you call home, a space between your front teeth may be the sign of a lustful nature, good fortune or the highest form of beauty. Blessed with "the gift of the space," photographer Stephanie Morris decided to explore the topic after a routine visit to the dentist where she learned diastemas provoke strong opinions and that people of African descent are most likely to have diastemas.

May 12 to September 8, 2014
Reception: 5 p.m. Thursday, June 12.