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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Neighborhood U features PlantMaker Studio with arboretum experts—1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 14

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum staff will host a PlantMaker Studio, a hands-on experience that encourages nature exploration through crafts involving plants.

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UROC's Northside Family Finances Open House—5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 29 

Financial experts from the University of Minnesota Extension's Family Resiliency Team will be on hand at UROC to offer tips on credit and debt management, budgeting, navigating college expenses, and more . The Neighborhood U event is geared toward teens and adults and is free and open to the public. 

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Get tips on landing a job at the U of M—6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7

Get advice on how to find careers at the University of Minnesota with Human Resources Specialist Marvin Banks. Banks will offer tips on networking and navigating the application process, as well as provide info on the University's advancement and training opportunities.  

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U of M's Solar-powered Race Car to visit UROC—3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 16

Get up close to the University's EOS II —a super sleek, solar powered race car designed by University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering students.  On hand will be University Professor Sam Mukasa, special assistant for STEM initiatives in the University’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, to talk with visitors about the University's Solar Vehicle Project and solar race car.

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Sat, Aug 4, 2018 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Witness Writing Workshop
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Fri, Jul 27, 2018 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Women of Color and Native Women (WOCNW) Community Meeting
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Tue, Jul 24, 2018 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
City of Minneapolis - Neighborhood and Community Relations
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