Welcome to UROC

We invite you to spend a little time getting to know us and learn about what makes UROC tick. UROC is a University of Minnesota research center, but it’s also an important resource for the North Minneapolis community. It’s a gathering place for local residents, an educational and cultural setting, and a living laboratory where the community and University researchers work together to improve the lives of those in urban areas.


The Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center is a unit of the University of Minnesota Office for Public Engagement within the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.

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UROC's Neighborhood U—free, family events that connect the U to the North Side

Beginning in April 2018, UROC’s Neighborhood U will features family-friendly performances and demonstrations by University of Minnesota researchers on a range of fun and helpful topics. Get up close to live eagles, learn how a solar car works, try yoga, grow your own food, write a great resume and much more! Visit UROC's Facebook page for performance times and dates.  

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Prince's Legacy: A Family Value — 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018

Mark your calendars for a special UROC Critical Conversation on the role Prince’s biological and extended families played in his musical development, philanthrophic activities, and rise to superstar status at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018.  A reception featuring Prince-inspired music and food will follow the conversation.  Prince's Legacy: A Family Value is the official kick-off event to the University of Minnesota’s two-day Prince From Minneapolis Symposium April 16-18, 2018. 

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. 

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MHD Awards UROC a Safe Harbor for All Planning Grant

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the University of Minnesota's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, the Advocates for Human Rights, and Rainbow Research a grant to develop a strategic plan to help guide legislators on how to extend Safe Harbor legislation to adults in order to better support victims of trafficking and exploitation.

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Former UROC Executive Director Irma McClaurin Honored

The National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) has awarded former UROC Executive Director Irma McClaurin a Special Award for Vision and Committment.

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Tue, Nov 7, 2017
7:00 am to 8:00 pm
Minneapolis City-Wide Election
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Thu, Aug 31, 2017
10:30 am to 2:30 pm
Affirmation Day (Program Celebration)
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Tue, Sep 5, 2017
6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Grandparents Shaping Our Community
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