North Minnepolis

Welcome to UROC

Located in North Minneapolis, the Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) links the University of Minnesota in vital public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life, and discover breakthrough solutions to critical problems. Since opening its doors in 2009, UROC has worked to build thriving, innovative, and respectful collaborations, create new models of urban and community development, and strengthen the University as a vital engaged 21st century university serving the public good.


Fernando Burga
Zoom screenshot from banking and lending
Voices of the Future: Linking Historical Trauma, Ambiguous Loss, and Financial Decision Making Among African American Families research team
Slow Roll cyclists gather at Theodore Wirth Regional Park for a ride to the George Floyd memorial.
Robert Jones

News Highlights

Caring for Our Elders: Exploring Cultural Approaches to Elder Care in Minnesota—4 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 via Zoom

The growth and longevity of our aging population presents opportunities, as well as challenges for Minnesota's elders, their families, and friends. Hear from University and community experts, advocates, and practitioners on the role culture and…

Changing the Legacy of Fast Food

U of M Assistant Professor Fernando Burga takes on the legacy of fast food outlets in North Minneapolis with a UROC Research Agenda grant

Three U of M students named to UROC Josie R. Johnson Engaged Dissertation Fellows Program

Three University of Minnesota graduate students have been named to the UROC Josie R. Johnson Engaged Dissertation Fellows Program. The program is designed for University graduate students who are developing as community engaged scholars, preparing…