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 names Research Agenda grant recipients

Three University of Minnesota research teams, chosen by a University-community selection committee, have been awarded UROC Research Agenda grants. The grants aim to stimulate and guide collaborative research, while improving outcomes through robust, long-term University-community partnerships geared toward making meaningful change. 

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Racial Healing, Equity, and Justice: A Conversation with Resmaa Menakem —10 a.m. Tuesday, January 26 via Zoom

Join in a virtual conversation on racial healing, equity, and justice with Resmaa Menakem, a national expert on cultural trauma, licensed clinical social worker, founder of Justice Leadership Solutions in Minneapolis, and author of My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies. 

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Minneapolis Upper Harbor Terminal Development Project online discussion—11 a.m.  Saturday, January 9 via Zoom

Join staff from the University’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach–Engagement Center, the Public Policy Project-Environmental Justice Coordinating Council and representatives from the City of Minneapolis for an Upper Harbor Terminal (UHT) Draft Coordinated Plan online public comment session followed by a moderated Q&A session. 

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Crafting Black Visual Narratives in a Post-Uprising America—7 p.m. January 28 via Zoom

Black artists and their work have never felt more in the spotlight than now, but that increased exposure brings with it a new set of questions.  Join in a UROC-sponsored moderated conversation with photographers, painters and textile artists from the show as they reflect, explore and debate what it means to create Black art in America today.  The event is open to the public and free of change, but registration is required.

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