February 2 to March 31, 2017
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.
Kente Circle CEO and Trauma Recovery Project Workteam Member Larry Tucker is focused on healing people of all races and cultures.
Larry Tucker was 17 when people told him that his life was over. He and his high-school girlfriend had just had a baby and to some, the young family’s future looked bleak. Tucker didn’t see things that way. “I didn’t feel like my life was over,” he recalls. “I felt like my story hadn’t been written yet and I wanted to write my own story.”
Rybak with students and staff from Harambee Elementary School.
Throughout his 12-year tenure as Mayor of Minneapolis, R.T. Rybak was always an outspoken advocate for city schools and public education. So it was no surprise that after leaving office in 2013 he took on the role of executive director of Generation Next, a coalition of education, business and civic leaders working to close the achievement gap.
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.
Writer Shannon Gibney reflects on UROC’s Witness Creative Writing Program
Since its launch in 2013 with a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, the Witness Creative Writing Program has attracted Northside writers of all levels who want to explore their own stories in a supportive atmosphere. Coordinated by the University of Minnesota’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), the monthly program focuses on storytelling techniques, style and the healing power of the pen.
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.
Two UROC-based medical programs aim to prepare kids for health care careers and doctors for practice in a complex world
Join friends, community leaders, and University staff at the sixth annual UROC Community Day, an annual open house celebration of University-community partnerships. Meet the University staff and community partners behind UROC's Northside-based programs, tour the building and gallery, and enjoy free breakfast from local Minneapolis vendors.
Visual art from local Minnesota artists inspired by the life and music of North Minneapolis native Prince Rogers Nelson. Visit UROC's Facebook page for details.
Dameun Strange joined the Bush Foundation’s Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship in 2015 as part of an inaugural cohort of philanthropy leaders. A member of the foundation’s Community Innovation Program, Strange works to fund creative community problem-solving projects that drive collaborative, asset-based innovation in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 23 Native nations.
Smoking is debilitating to any population, but it can be downright devastating to the more than 70 percent of homeless people who smoke. In addition to being deadly, the habit is often tied to other substance abuse issues, which can reinforce cycles of homelessness and dependency.
It’s a familiar story—across the country, white students are doing better academically than their classmates of different races and ethnicities who typically have lower test scores and higher dropout rates. This “achievement gap,” as it is commonly called, is particularly evident in.
Lauren Martin, UROC’s director of research, received the 2016 University of Minnesota President's Community-Engaged Scholar Award. The award recognizes faculty members and University employees for excellent community-engaged work and for their academic careers that reflect a longstanding commitment to the University’s definition of public engagement. It was presented by the University's Office for Public Engagement and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.