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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Upcoming UROC Critical Conversation to address deportation

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.  

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Megan Gunnar named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

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.

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The story of UROC's Trauma Recovery Project now online

Building on community expertise and the University’s research in historical trauma, UROC's Trauma Recovery Project brought together teams of families, researchers, community leaders, healthcare professionals, and representatives from the faith community in an effort to identify trauma-related issues important to the North Minneapolis community. Learn more about the Trauma Recovery Project through the voices of its workgroup members at trp.uroc.umn.edu.

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UROC Executive Director Search

The University of Minnesota is conducting a search for executive director of the Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). UROC's next executive director will build on the leadership of Heidi Lasley Barajas, who has served as executive director since 2011.

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Mon, Apr 24, 2017
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Fifth Congressional District Art Competition
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Thu, Apr 27, 2017
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Youth Media Force's Language Learning
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Sat, Apr 29, 2017
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
NAREB Homeownership Expo
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