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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Dispatches From the North: A Reading—6 p.m. Thursday, January 24 at UROC

Nine writers with connections to North Minneapolis, and two musicians come together to share the stage at UROC as part of Minnesota Orchestra's "Common Chords" residency week in North Minneapolis.  The event is free and open to the public.

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UROC's annual Summer Resource Fair—11 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30

Learn about summer 2018 activities for youth at UROC's annual Summer Resource Fair.  Staff from organizations representing opportunities for youth — from sports to performing arts, small business ventures, and animal care experiences — will be on hand to answer questions about scholarship and registration.

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UROC Safe Harbor For All report presented to Minnesota State Legislature 

Commissioned by the Minnesota State Legislature, UROC's Safe Harbor for All Strategic Planning Process Report identifies potential impacts of policy changes on the safety, health, dignity and justice for adults involved in transactional sex, including victims of trafficking, and exploitation.

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UROC to hold statewide sexual violence roundtables

UROC is sponsoring a series of statewide, community roundtables on the topic of intersections of sexual violence, domestic violence, and sex trafficking beginning Monday, November 26 in Morris.  At Intersections of Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking: Bringing the Community Together Around Prevention, participants will learn about the latest research findings and how to apply them in community contexts for collaboration and prevention. The roundtables kick off November 26 in Morris, Minnesota.

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