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 Critical Conversation: Women Leading Under Pressure — 4 p.m. Thursday, October 29, 2020 via Zoom

Hear how some of Minnesota’s most powerful female leaders make decisions under pressure while navigating their community's physical, mental and spiritual health and their own wellness. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. The event will also be live streamed on UROC's YouTube channel. 

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The UROC Research Agenda: A framework for healing, equity, and financial wellbeing

UROC's newly announced Research Agenda is a framework for addressing three themes that community members and University of Minnesota researchers and practitioners identified as being critical to a thriving North Minneapolis and Twin Cities urban core. The agenda and its companion Request for Proposals aim to stimulate and guide collaborative research in the topic areas while improving outcomes through robust, long-term partnerships. 

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U of M grads spearhead UROC staff supply drive

Driven by a need to help others, three recent University of Minnesota graduates led a UROC staff-focused supply drive for community members impacted by the economic hardships of COVID-19 and recent unrest in the wake of the killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. 
Following social distancing protocols, the team raised staff donations to purchase a range of much-needed items from discount retailers. 

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Seeds to Harvest Service Northside Volunteer Coordination Events—9:45 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through July 25

Seeds to Harvest Service Coalition, a community-based service organization dedicated to responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest in North Minneapolis, and the Northside Impact Fund will host volunteer coordination events in UROC's parking lot at 9:45 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through July 25. The volunteer opportunities—whch range from neighborhood clean up to voter registration—are supported by The Urban Impact.

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