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Research—rather than corporate goodwill or social responsibility—is the engine behind the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center’s (UROC) Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT), a University/community partnership committed to bringing 1,000 sustainable wage jobs to North Minneapolis by 2018.
Sparked by a North Minneapolis job summit with Governor Mark Dayton held at UROC in 2010, the NJCT grew out of years of legwork by members of the...Continue Reading
Associate professor of Social Work Ross VeLure Roholt works with young people interested in community development at UROC-Kwanzaa Community Church’s after-school 21st Century Academy program
Listen up adults: If you want young people to become active, eager contributors to their communities, one of the first things you need to do is figure out who you have to be in order to help them do that. Ross VeLure Roholt, an associate professor in the University’s School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development learned that early in his career while working with youth.
Over the last decade, he’s made youth civic engagement the focus of his work. “I’m particularly interested in understanding how we can best work with young people in organized and supportive ways that invite their contributions to community development,”...Continue Reading
Talking, listening and building trust: University researcher Megan Gunnar on UROC’s Trauma Recovery Project
Insightful conversation is known for sparking positive change. So it seems fitting that the Trauma Recovery Project, launched last spring by the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), hinges on conversations with North Minneapolis residents and faith leaders, community-based professionals and University scholars.
Topics being discussed by the participating workgroups include individual and community trauma, faith and healing, and the goal is to create a strategy for creating positive change in the lives of families and the Northside community as a whole. Topping the list of project priorities is the need to better understand how trauma affects children and find ways to reduce and prevent...Continue Reading
Jasmine Hardin, a senior in the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts, and Sheng Yang, a junior in St. Paul’s Agape High School, are student tutors in the Prepare2Nspire math program based at UROC.
The University of Minnesota STEM Education Center’s Prepare2Nspire tutoring program incorporates cutting-edge graphing calculator technology and old-fashion, face-to-face interaction to inspire eleventh and eighth- grade students to...Continue Reading
UROC contributes research expertise to Northside Achievement Zone's $28 million Promise Neighborhood Project
UROC is leading the data collection for a community survey on behalf of Minneapolis-based Northside Achievement Zone’s (NAZ) Promise Neighborhood project. The project is the result of a $28 million U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhood Implementation Grant for NAZ to dramatically scale up its "cradle to career" strategy...Continue Reading
UROC engaged scholar and Ph.D. candidate Brian Lozenski challenges African American and African youth to think critically about the achievement gap.
Brian Lozenski finds the notion that research can only be done at universities by academics troubling. “Often, it’s the people we are actually studying who are in the best position to be doing the research,”...Continue Reading
South Africa's Tutu Sisters featured at UMN UROC Critical Conversation on trauma and healing.
Trauma is not unique to urban communities. But it is often a part of life there because the strains and struggles of everyday life are compounded by the ongoing stress of things like poverty and violence. This is the case in much of North Minneapolis where foreclosures, rising homicide rates and a devastating tornado in 2011 have left people reeling and traumatized...Continue Reading
Hidden issues are difficult to solve. That’s why the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) is hosting a series of public discussions to raise awareness about the growing problem of sex trafficking and prostitution in the Twin Cities...Continue Reading
An urban farm, community-based legal services and a pen pal collaboration between Northside Minneapolis high school students and University of Minnesota undergraduates are just a few of the public engagement projects discussed at this year’s Northside Faculty Development Workshop organized by the University’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center...Continue Reading
In the large, rectangular painting above Salvador Patino’s desk, the sun bakes down on a group of Latinos harvesting rows of melons and loading them into trucks. Slightly encroached upon by the tops of the computers perched on desks that line the wall, the painting might strike some as out of place in a room where technology reigns. But Patino doesn’t see it that way...Continue Reading
Urban Scrubs Camp
Sixty high school students from the Twin Cities spent five days last summer getting an up-close-and-personal introduction to a wide variety of health care jobs. They were part of the Urban Scrubs Camp, a five-day career development experience facilitated in part by the University of Minnesota Urban Area Health Education Center...Continue Reading
Research-based projects target literacy, school success in urban communities
Every fall, thousands of children throughout the Twin Cities enter kindergarten, signaling the start of long and—everyone hopes—successful educational careers. But as Scott McConnell knows, their success to some degree can be determined before they even walk through the school doors for the first time...Continue Reading
Broadband Access Project labs making a difference across Minneapolis and St. Paul
Nobody likes to admit, particularly to a stranger, that they don’t know how to do something. So it took Anisha Sapho quite a while to get people to even come into a Broadband Access Project (BAP) computer lab in North Minneapolis...Continue Reading
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