A significant part of the work being done at UROC involves research centered on issues and challenges that face North Minneapolis residents. The research is conducted with the resources of the University and the knowledge and assets of the community.

Click on the research title for more information on UROC-sponsored research projects.

Critical Conversations

UROC’s Critical Conversations is a series of public discussions about urban issues and ideas. It brings together scholars, activists, historians, artists, and community leaders as a "gathering place" for urban-focused research, dialogue, and cultural events.

Generation Next – UROC Faculty Fellows

The goal of this project is to close the achievement gap in North Minneapolis by bringing together community members and researchers to address the social, economic, and cultural issues that create this gap. That information is used to craft steps to close the gap.

Northside Job Creation Team

The Northside Job Creation Team set a goal of attracting 1,000 jobs to North Minneapolis by 2019. The team uses research to identify businesses that match the employee profile of North Minneapolis and develops partnerships to encourage businesses to relocate or expand here.

Sex Trafficking and Community Well-Being Initiative

UROC's ongoing Sex Trafficking and Community Well-Being Initiative examines sex trading, prostitution, and sex trafficking with a focus on the problem at large and how North Minneapolis and other urban communities can take steps to eliminate it.

Trauma Recovery Project

Minneapolis’ Northside community is disproportionally impacted by historical and structural trauma that manifests in high crime rates, alcoholism, drug use, out-of-home child placement, and lost human potential. Through community meetings, discussions, and work groups, members of the project's six workgroups examined individual and community trauma.

Workers' Experiences in Strip Clubs

The purpose of this study is to document the workplace experiences of entertainers within strip clubs in Minneapolis and provide information to guide policy. The project will actively engage workers’ voices about the workplace, policy and ordinances, and their ideas for improving working conditions.

Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota

YWI MN is a first-of-its-kind public-private partnership between the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the Governor’s Office of the State of Minnesota. The goals of this initiative are to improve equity in outcomes for young (aged 12-24) women of color, American Indian young women, LGBTQ youth, women with disabilities, and women in greater Minnesota.