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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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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Thor Companies' North Minneapolis headquarters: construction update

Construction on THOR Companies' new North Minneapolis headquarters—located at 1256 Penn Avenue North, on the lot directly west of UROC—began in January 2017.

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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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Thu, Mar 30, 2017
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Youth Media Force's Language Learning
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Sat, Apr 1, 2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Witness Writing Project Workshop
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Sat, Apr 8, 2017
12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
The Ladder
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