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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Marilyn Higgins named U of M UROC Interim Executive Director

Marilyn Higgins has been named interim executive director of the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). She comes to the University and the UROC community with a distinguished career built on more than 30 years of experience in cultivating community-campus partnerships in metropolitan settings.

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UROC Community Day—3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5

Join community and University leaders for an afternoon of food, music, information and fun at UROC's annual Community Day from 3 to 7 p.m., Thursday, October 5. This year's open-house celebration of community-University partnerships will feature a look at progress in the Penn-Plymouth Avenue corridor and a special tribute to former UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas.

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Mapping the Demand: Sex Buyers in Minnesota

UROC has released a first-of-its-kind study on sex buyers in Minnesota. Aided by more than 150 qualitative interviews of law enforcement, prosecutors and social service personnel in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, the report examines the demographics of Minnesota’s sex buyers, their buying tendencies, and methods of entry into the marketplace. The market includes victims of sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

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Community healing events begin Wednesday, June 21

ReCAST Minneapolis and members of UROC's Trauma Recovery Project workgroups are supporting a series of community healing events beginning Wednesday, June 21.The events are free and open to the public. 

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Wed, Sep 20, 2017
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Prepare2Nspire Mathematics Tutoring
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Thu, Sep 21, 2017
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Signifying and Testifying Storytelling Festival
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Fri, Sep 22, 2017
9:00 am to 1:30 pm
Signifying and Testifying Storytelling Festival
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