Programs

Based on mutual trust, accountability and shared goals, UROC's University-community partnerships center on programs that address issues of economic development, education and life-long learning and health and wellness.

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Economic Development

African American Leadership Forum

Researching disparities in education, economic development, health and wellness, and family, culture, and spirituality between the African American community and other sectors of the Twin Cities is the focus of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF). The forum will use research to reduce these overwhelming disparities.

Background Check Implementation

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program wants to ensure that the right volunteers are selected to be a part of the program. As a result of the University's revised Safety of Minors and background check policies, Extension is requiring all volunteers to undergo a background check every three years to protect the integrity of the University, its affiliates, individuals that participate in the Master Gardener program, and volunteers.

Family Academy Pipeline

Through the Family Academy, Northside families develop parenting skills that meet their unique needs and empower them to be the best parents they can be as they support their young scholars and encourage a successful college education. This project started in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Hmong Mothers And Daughters Club

The Hmong Mothers and Daughters Club was developed to learn about leadership and cultural food and dance. Some of what members learn is on display during an annual event where the club invites elderly community residents to enjoy food provided by the club’s young members.

Humphrey Fellowship Program – Human Rights Center

The Humphrey Fellowship Program hosts mid-career professionals from around the world, giving them an opportunity to develop professional leadership skills and enhance their quality of life. The program’s goal is to build international relationships between professional colleagues.

John Biggers Seed Project

The goal of the John Biggers Seed Project is to prepare a new generation of black artists to compete for public art commissions. That’s done by mentoring and training black artists and teaching painters how to make temporary work permanent, which would make the artwork eligible for public art funding. The project also includes replacing the John Biggers Sculpture, which was a major source of pride in North Minneapolis before it was torn down 20 years ago.

Khmer Youth 4-H Club

The Khmer Youth 4-H Club is the focal point of this project, which will help teach Northside youth about leadership, healthy living, higher education and connecting to family and culture. The youth will also learn about the importance of staying in school.

Lao Assistance Center Volunteer & Leadership Development

Northside Laotians will be involved in identifying and addressing local issues that directly affect the local Lao population. New Laotian volunteers will be recruited for the project, and will receiving leadership training.

LENA Start Implementation and Initial Evaluation

Developing positive parenting and early language skills in Northside families is the goal of LENA Start, which is a “universal access” parent education program. It’s part of Mayor Hodge’s Word Gap Initiative, “Talking=Teaching.”

Metro Food Access Network

With help from more than 160 partner organizations, the Metro Food Access Network works to make healthy foods accessible to all Twin Cities metro residents. The network’s partners learn from each other and build cross-sector relationships to meet the project goals.

Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series that supports the work being done in neighborhoods, such as building diverse and effective cross-cultural collaborations, moving toward racial equity and economic justice, and encouraging organizational leadership that reflects the community.

Nelson-MUL, Wealth Disparity

Wealth disparity facing Minneapolis is the focus of this project. The goal is to help understand the reason for the lack of wealth attainment in the African American Community.

NJCT Communications Task Force

The NJCT Communications Task Force promotes the work of the Northside Job Creation Team, using communication professionals from the University of Minnesota, the City of Minneapolis and the philanthropic community. The goals is to make the NJCT’s work transparent and to transform the way economic development works in North Minneapolis.

NJCT Work Force Task Force

The NJCT Work Force Task Force helps prepare Northside residents for employment, with a focus on filling the positions created through the Northside Job Creation Team, which has a goal of creating 1,000 sustainable jobs by recruiting businesses to relocate or expand in North Minneapolis. Transportation barriers is among the many employment issues the task force is addressing

NJCT – Northside Job Creation Team

The goal of the Northside Job Creation Team is to create 1,000 sustainable jobs in North Minneapolis by 2019. This is being done by using research to identify businesses that match the employee profile of North Minneapolis and then work with local partners to recruit businesses to relocate or expand in North Minneapolis.

NJCT-Big Fish/Business Park Task Force

The NJCT-Big Fish/Business Park Task Force is working to create a business park in North Minneapolis, in an effort to support the Northside Job Creation Team’s goal of creating 1,000 sustainable jobs. A business park would help the NJCT recruit new businesses to the area.

North Minneapolis Immigrant Community Building

The North Minneapolis Immigrant Community Building project focuses on the role of immigrants in the community, such as recruiting immigrant volunteers, developing immigrant leaders and identifying leadership positions within the community.

Northside Achievement Zone Community Survey

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Community Survey is conducted every other summer in North Minneapolis to gauge the effectiveness of NAZ and give community members the chance to provide feedback on NAZ. The survey is conducted by University of Minnesota students and community members through Wilder Research.

On Eagle’s Wings

On Eagle's Wings is a leadership-training program for Northside African Americans with developmental disabilities and their families. They develop skills that lead to independence, productivity, and self-determination, helping them develop positive partnerships with elected officials.

Power of Story – Annual Signifyin & Testifyin Storytelling Festival school concerts

The art of storytelling is the focus of this program. Storytelling is a source of positive instruction for students of all ages. Local, national, and international storytellers share their craft with children in the Metropolitan Area, captivating them with this age-old cultural art form.

Prepare2Nspire

Prepare2Nspire provides underrepresented high school students with weekly mathematics tutoring and mentoring. It’s intended to support students in advanced algebra through calculus, building confidence and preparing students for a post-secondary education.

Safer Products That Work: Cleaners and Degreasers for Industrual Maintenance and Auto Repair

The goal of this project is to reduce worker exposure to degreasing solvents and improve air quality at industrial and automotive businesses in North Minneapolis. The plan calls for working with businesses to adopt safer cleaning and degreasing products.

Second Chance Saturdays

Having a criminal record can have a significant impact on employment opportunities and other areas of you life. Law students are working with lawyers from the Council on Crime and Justice to conduct workshops for community members who have questions about how to overcome a criminal record. The workshops are at the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center.

The Ladder

The Ladder is a club for Northside kids who are interested in health careers. It’s designed to expose kids to health careers through mentoring. The club is inter-generational, with members from fourth grade up through practicing physicians.

Trauma Recovery Project

The Trauma Recovery Project addresses trauma in the Northside, especially among children. Working with the Kwanzaa Community Church and community members, the project includes documenting trauma and identifying places to heal and other healing opportunities.

UM Extension Hennepin County, Agriculture

Hennepin County is a heavily populated urban area but the University of Minnesota Extension is there, working on the environmental and social sustainability aspects of farming and food production.

University Northside Partnership

The University Northside Partnership is an opportunity for the University of Minnesota and Northside community members to discuss issues that are critical to the urban core. This is accomplished through the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center.

Urban Youth Development

Urban 4-H provides clubs and programs that help youth discover new interests, develop leadership skills, learn a sense of global citizenship, and consider future possibilities. It’s an approach that helps them carve positive pathways to their future.

UROC Dissertation Fellows

The UROC Dissertation Scholars Program supports graduate students as they develop into scholars that partner with communities while conducting research that addresses community priorities.

Education and Life-long Learning

African American Leadership Forum

Researching disparities in education, economic development, health and wellness, and family, culture, and spirituality between the African American community and other sectors of the Twin Cities is the focus of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF). The forum will use research to reduce these overwhelming disparities.

Background Check Implementation

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program wants to ensure that the right volunteers are selected to be a part of the program. As a result of the University's revised Safety of Minors and background check policies, Extension is requiring all volunteers to undergo a background check every three years to protect the integrity of the University, its affiliates, individuals that participate in the Master Gardener program, and volunteers.

CHAT (Community Health and Advocacy Talks)

Community Health and Advocacy Talks (CHAT) is a forum that focuses on community health and advocacy. It brings together stakeholders and community members to address the social factors that determine a community’s health.

Congressional Arts Competition for Minnesota's 4th Congressional District

The Congressional Arts Competition showcases the artwork of student artists who live or attend school in Minnesota’s 4th Congressional District. The competition builds community by showcasing talented youth, giving them national recognition for their work, and bringing together professional artists as judges, the student artists, and Congressman Keith Ellison.

Critical Conversation: Race, Place, and the Geography of Community Safety

Critical Conversations is a series of public discussions that brings together scholars, historians, artists, community leaders, and the public to address urban issues. Coordinated by the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, the twice-annual event is intended as a "gathering place" for urban-focused research, dialogue, and cultural events.

Cultural Providers Network (CPN)

The health of children and their families is the focus of the Cultural Providers Network, which brings together communities and organizations that have an interest in promoting policies, practices, standards, and research that address children’s health, with a focus on behavioral health.

Digital Storytelling and Youth Empowerment

Empowering youth through digital storytelling is the thrust of this program. Understanding the experiences of young people is an important part of addressing structural inequality, equity, and social justice in schools and communities. In the classroom, students will create, produce, and direct digital stories, taking on roles as reseachers, teachers, and community leaders.

Ending Youth Violence Roundtable

The monthly Ending Youth Violence Roundtables address issues that lead to youth violence. Held at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, these open roundtable discussions allow members to share resources and work collaboratively to end youth violence. Topics include Youth and Family Employment Opportunities, Youth Recreation Opportunities, Elimination of Illegal Gun Sales, and Helping Youth Avoid or Leave Gangs.

Family Academy Pipeline

Through the Family Academy, Northside families develop parenting skills that meet their unique needs and empower them to be the best parents they can be as they support their young scholars and encourage a successful college education. This project started in 2013 and will end in 2016.

Generation Next-UROC Faculty Fellows

The achievement gap in the Twin Cities is among the worst in the country. The gap is the difference between academic performance by white students and students of color. The six Generation Next-UROC Fellows are studying why the gap exists and what can be done to close it as they work with community members while examining social, economic, and cultural issues.

Hmong Mothers And Daughters Club

The Hmong Mothers and Daughters Club was developed to learn about leadership and cultural food and dance. Some of what members learn is on display during an annual event where the club invites elderly community residents to enjoy food provided by the club’s young members.

Humphrey Fellowship Program – Human Rights Center

The Humphrey Fellowship Program hosts mid-career professionals from around the world, giving them an opportunity to develop professional leadership skills and enhance their quality of life. The program’s goal is to build international relationships between professional colleagues.

IGDI-APEL

Developing an iPad application to help preschool teachers assess literacy and language levels of their students is the focus of this project. The teachers themselves will be involved in developing the app to ensure that it’s intuitive and meets their needs in making decisions about their students’ education and allows them to evaluate and support instructional recommendations.

INTERFACE

Overcoming barriers that prevent parents from receiving important parenting information is what INTERFACE is all about. Retaining and valuing parent perspectives in parenting groups is often a challenge in diverse communities like North Minneapolis. The INTERFACE (Incorporating Narrative to Engage and Retain Families through Action, Cultural Connection, and Empowerment) project will engage families to combat those issues.

Issue Area Network-DEI (OPE)

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Issue Area Network (IAN-DEI) provides a space and structure for University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students who are involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Through the network, they have access to information about engaged and diversity opportunities.

John Biggers Seed Project

The goal of the John Biggers Seed Project is to prepare a new generation of black artists to compete for public art commissions. That’s done by mentoring and training black artists and teaching painters how to make temporary work permanent, which would make the artwork eligible for public art funding. The project also includes replacing the John Biggers Sculpture, which was a major source of pride in North Minneapolis before it was torn down 20 years ago.

Khmer Youth 4-H Club

The Khmer Youth 4-H Club is the focal point of this project, which will help teach Northside youth about leadership, healthy living, higher education and connecting to family and culture. The youth will also learn about the importance of staying in school.

LENA Start Implementation and Initial Evaluation

Developing positive parenting and early language skills in Northside families is the goal of LENA Start, which is a “universal access” parent education program. It’s part of Mayor Hodge’s Word Gap Initiative, “Talking=Teaching.”

Metro Food Access Network

With help from more than 160 partner organizations, the Metro Food Access Network works to make healthy foods accessible to all Twin Cities metro residents. The network’s partners learn from each other and build cross-sector relationships to meet the project goals.

Neighborhoods Now!

Neighborhoods Now! is an innovative community educational series that supports the work being done in neighborhoods, such as building diverse and effective cross-cultural collaborations, moving toward racial equity and economic justice, and encouraging organizational leadership that reflects the community.

North Minneapolis Immigrant Community Building

The North Minneapolis Immigrant Community Building project focuses on the role of immigrants in the community, such as recruiting immigrant volunteers, developing immigrant leaders and identifying leadership positions within the community.

Northside Achievement Zone College Success Action Team - Solution Plan

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) College Success Action Team’s Solution Plan focuses on supporting NAZ students through a successful post-secondary education experience. The plan’s goals are to ensure that NAZ students graduate from high school, enter college, and then graduate from college. The team is working with colleges and universities to create a pipeline for NAZ students, from admission to graduation.

Northside Achievement Zone Community Survey

The Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Community Survey is conducted every other summer in North Minneapolis to gauge the effectiveness of NAZ and give community members the chance to provide feedback on NAZ. The survey is conducted by University of Minnesota students and community members through Wilder Research.

Northside Educational Alliance Programming

The Northside Educational Alliance (NEA) works with families to develop a plan for accessing the educational opportunities best suited to their childrens’ needs. The NEA’s goal is to educate North Minneapolis residents about educational options and improve the quality of life for them by contributing to a culture that celebrates and prioritizes education.

On Eagle’s Wings

On Eagle's Wings is a leadership-training program for Northside African Americans with developmental disabilities and their families. They develop skills that lead to independence, productivity, and self-determination, helping them develop positive partnerships with elected officials.

Power of Story – Annual Signifyin & Testifyin Storytelling Festival school concerts

The art of storytelling is the focus of this program. Storytelling is a source of positive instruction for students of all ages. Local, national, and international storytellers share their craft with children in the Metropolitan Area, captivating them with this age-old cultural art form.

Prepare2Nspire

Prepare2Nspire provides underrepresented high school students with weekly mathematics tutoring and mentoring. It’s intended to support students in advanced algebra through calculus, building confidence and preparing students for a post-secondary education.

Project TRUST

Project TRUST works with schools and teachers to increase the way Somali, Latino, and Hmong students connect to their schools and teachers. Developing a strong relationship between educators and students is a strong predictor of academic achievement and a healthy development.

Racial Justice Afterschool

Understanding how afterschool programming can support young people’s lives is the focus of this program. It addresses everyday trauma young people experience by inviting community awareness and encouraging youth to address their community concerns as they relate to racial justice, health, and trauma.

Spanish IGDIs

Through this project, Spanish-speaking preschool teachers have the tools to assess the literacy strengths and challenges of Spanish-speaking preschool students as they head into classroom with English instruction. The Hispanic community is involved in developing the assessment measures.

The Ladder

The Ladder is a club for Northside kids who are interested in health careers. It’s designed to expose kids to health careers through mentoring. The club is inter-generational, with members from fourth grade up through practicing physicians.

The Link YPAR

The goal of this project is to create a marketing campaign aimed a preventing commercial sexual exploitation of youth. Through research, youth will share their perspectives on the topic, which will be used to develop prevention messages in a statewide campaign.

Trauma Recovery Project

The Trauma Recovery Project addresses trauma in the Northside, especially among children. Working with the Kwanzaa Community Church and community members, the project includes documenting trauma and identifying places to heal and other healing opportunities.

UM Extension Hennepin County, Agriculture

Hennepin County is a heavily populated urban area but the University of Minnesota Extension is there, working on the environmental and social sustainability aspects of farming and food production.

University Northside Partnership

The University Northside Partnership is an opportunity for the University of Minnesota and Northside community members to discuss issues that are critical to the urban core. This is accomplished through the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center.

Urban Garden Program

Growing Good-MN is a program that helps teach Northside youth about growing healthy foods and promoting healthy growth. It also teaches life, leadership, and work skills.

Urban Youth Development

Urban 4-H provides clubs and programs that help youth discover new interests, develop leadership skills, learn a sense of global citizenship, and consider future possibilities. It’s an approach that helps them carve positive pathways to their future.

UROC Dissertation Fellows

The UROC Dissertation Scholars Program supports graduate students as they develop into scholars that partner with communities while conducting research that addresses community priorities.

Witness Creative Writing Project

The Witness Writing Project is creating a community of writers in North Minneapolis. Its monthly workshops offer participants a chance to use writing to explore various “truths” about justice through poems, short stories, essays, memoirs, and any other form of creative storytelling.

Health and Wellness

Action Research Team on Sex Offender Concentration

The Action Research Team on Sex Offender Concentration is studying a concentration of sex offenders in a specific area of Minneapolis, trying to understand why tit exists. The area has a high poverty rate, and more than 50% of the population is people of color.

African American Leadership Forum

Researching disparities in education, economic development, health and wellness, and family, culture, and spirituality between the African American community and other sectors of the Twin Cities is the focus of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF). The forum will use research to reduce these overwhelming disparities.

Background Check Implementation

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program wants to ensure that the right volunteers are selected to be a part of the program. As a result of the University's revised Safety of Minors and background check policies, Extension is requiring all volunteers to undergo a background check every three years to protect the integrity of the University, its affiliates, individuals that participate in the Master Gardener program, and volunteers.

CHAT (Community Health and Advocacy Talks)

Community Health and Advocacy Talks (CHAT) is a forum that focuses on community health and advocacy. It brings together stakeholders and community members to address the social factors that determine a community’s health.

Co-Parent Court Workshops

The Co-Parent Court Workshops is available to parents who are not in a current relationship, to allow them to co-parent effectively. The workshops provide resources and information to participants.

Critical Conversation: Race, Place, and the Geography of Community Safety

Critical Conversations is a series of public discussions that brings together scholars, historians, artists, community leaders, and the public to address urban issues. Coordinated by the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, the twice-annual event is intended as a "gathering place" for urban-focused research, dialogue, and cultural events.

Cultural Providers Network (CPN)

The health of children and their families is the focus of the Cultural Providers Network, which brings together communities and organizations that have an interest in promoting policies, practices, standards, and research that address children’s health, with a focus on behavioral health.

EFNEP

The EFNEP provides health and nutrition information to low-income families with children under the age of 18. They learn about healthier meal planning, shopping, and food safety. The EFNEP is a federally funded program that has been educating families for more than 45 years.

Ending Youth Violence Roundtable

The monthly Ending Youth Violence Roundtables address issues that lead to youth violence. Held at the Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, these open roundtable discussions allow members to share resources and work collaboratively to end youth violence. Topics include Youth and Family Employment Opportunities, Youth Recreation Opportunities, Elimination of Illegal Gun Sales, and Helping Youth Avoid or Leave Gangs.

Enhancing Smoking Cessation in the Homeless Population (Power to Quit II)

To promote health among the homeless, the Power to Quit II program involves researchers working with Twin Cities homeless shelters to help individuals quit smoking and reduce alcohol abuse. The program involves assessing the effectiveness of intensive motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy intervention to promote smoking and alcohol cessation.

Gainin Independence for Females in Transition (GIFT)

Reducing prostitution crime in Minneapolis is the goal of Gainin Independence for Females in Transition (GIFT), which is a novel approach for women on probation for prostitution and related crimes. By improving life circumstances for these women and giving them a say in their probation experience, they are less likely to return to that type of crime.

Good Food, Good Fathering

This pilot project is intended to show that good food and good fathering are complementary. Fathers learn about grocery shopping, meal planning, and food preparation to develop healthy eating practices for their children. It’s one way to strengthen their ability to nurture their children and promote a healthy home.

Grand Parent Support Group

This support group is for Northside grandparents who are raising grandchildren. The group supports the mental health of the grandparents and shares information and resources.

Hmong Mothers And Daughters Club

The Hmong Mothers and Daughters Club was developed to learn about leadership and cultural food and dance. Some of what members learn is on display during an annual event where the club invites elderly community residents to enjoy food provided by the club’s young members.

Humphrey Fellowship Program – Human Rights Center

The Humphrey Fellowship Program hosts mid-career professionals from around the world, giving them an opportunity to develop professional leadership skills and enhance their quality of life. The program’s goal is to build international relationships between professional colleagues.

Issue Area Network-DEI (OPE)

The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Issue Area Network (IAN-DEI) provides a space and structure for University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students who are involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. Through the network, they have access to information about engaged and diversity opportunities.

Khmer Youth 4-H Club

The Khmer Youth 4-H Club is the focal point of this project, which will help teach Northside youth about leadership, healthy living, higher education and connecting to family and culture. The youth will also learn about the importance of staying in school.

Lao Assistance Center Volunteer & Leadership Development

Northside Laotians will be involved in identifying and addressing local issues that directly affect the local Lao population. New Laotian volunteers will be recruited for the project, and will receiving leadership training.

Mapping the Demand for Sex with Trafficked People in Minnesota

The goal of this project is to drive prevention, intervention, and law enforcement responses to sex trafficking in Minnesota. By collecting data on individuals who purchase sex from trafficked individuals, researchers can learn about the demand for those services, with a focus on the “sex buyers.” That data will help guide action in the future.

Metro Food Access Network

With help from more than 160 partner organizations, the Metro Food Access Network works to make healthy foods accessible to all Twin Cities metro residents. The network’s partners learn from each other and build cross-sector relationships to meet the project goals.

Nice Ride Evaluation

The goal of this project is to evaluate the Nice Ride Neighborhood and other Nice Ride bike share programs in the Twin Cities. Nice Ride Neighborhood is focused on increasing bicycling for transportation in communities with historically lower rates of bike riding. That’s accomplished by building community, offering social support, and providing education.

North Minneapolis Immigrant Community Building

The North Minneapolis Immigrant Community Building project focuses on the role of immigrants in the community, such as recruiting immigrant volunteers, developing immigrant leaders and identifying leadership positions within the community.

Project TRUST

Project TRUST works with schools and teachers to increase the way Somali, Latino, and Hmong students connect to their schools and teachers. Developing a strong relationship between educators and students is a strong predictor of academic achievement and a healthy development.

Safer Products That Work: Cleaners and Degreasers for Industrual Maintenance and Auto Repair

The goal of this project is to reduce worker exposure to degreasing solvents and improve air quality at industrial and automotive businesses in North Minneapolis. The plan calls for working with businesses to adopt safer cleaning and degreasing products.

Sex Trafficking and Community Well-being Initiative

The Sex Trafficking and Community Well-being Initiative focuses on the sex trafficking problem at large and addresses the steps that urban communities like North Minneapolis can take to end sex trafficking. This initiative pulls together all the work being done on sex trading and trafficking to create prevention and intervention programs.

SRN: Integrated Urban Infrastructure Solutions for Environmentally Sustainable, Healthy, and Livable Cities

Assessing the priorities of North Minneapolis residents when it comes to environmental sustainability, health, and livability is the focus of this project. Determining the differences between socio-economic groups in their perceptions and attitudes toward those factors will be valuable in building better cities in the future with innovative infrastructure design, technology, and policy.

The Ladder

The Ladder is a club for Northside kids who are interested in health careers. It’s designed to expose kids to health careers through mentoring. The club is inter-generational, with members from fourth grade up through practicing physicians.

The Link YPAR

The goal of this project is to create a marketing campaign aimed a preventing commercial sexual exploitation of youth. Through research, youth will share their perspectives on the topic, which will be used to develop prevention messages in a statewide campaign.

Trauma Recovery Project

The Trauma Recovery Project addresses trauma in the Northside, especially among children. Working with the Kwanzaa Community Church and community members, the project includes documenting trauma and identifying places to heal and other healing opportunities.

UM Extension Hennepin County, Agriculture

Hennepin County is a heavily populated urban area but the University of Minnesota Extension is there, working on the environmental and social sustainability aspects of farming and food production.

UMN Extension SNAP-Ed

The goal of this project is to improve the public’s understanding of, and access to, healthy living opportunities, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, and increasing physical activity. Through education on health, nutrition, and cooking, low-income community members can improve their health. Changing the landscape so that healthy choices is the easy or default choice in the areas of health and nutrition is another goal.

University Northside Partnership

The University Northside Partnership is an opportunity for the University of Minnesota and Northside community members to discuss issues that are critical to the urban core. This is accomplished through the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center.

UROC Dissertation Fellows

The UROC Dissertation Scholars Program supports graduate students as they develop into scholars that partner with communities while conducting research that addresses community priorities.

When Places Speak-Goldstein Museum Exhibit

When Places Speak is a photographic exhibit of Twin Cities locations related to juvenile sex trafficking. It will be on display at the Goldstein Museum in the University’s College of Design. The photos were collected as part of the Sex Trafficking and Community Well-being Initiative and is a thought-provoking display intended to stimulate dialogue and action to prevent and intervene in sex trafficking of our youth.

Witness Creative Writing Project

The Witness Writing Project is creating a community of writers in North Minneapolis. Its monthly workshops offer participants a chance to use writing to explore various “truths” about justice through poems, short stories, essays, memoirs, and any other form of creative storytelling.