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Bridging a Divide

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.”

Ending Education Inequity

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.


National journal spotlights UROC and the community

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.

The Healing Power of the Pen

Writer Shannon Gibney reflects on UROC’s Witness Creative Writing Program

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.

Economic Development and Urban Communities: A Quality of Life Conversation—Thursday, Nov. 17

Plymouth intersection

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.