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 Community Day set for Monday, June 21, 2021

Join Chancellor Robert J. Jones, President Joan Gable, and special guests in a celebration of groundbreaking research and vibrant community outreach at the UROC Community Day/Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Monday, June 21. The event will feature The Art of Transformation: We Thrive Together, a virtual UROC Critical Conversation featuring five of UROC's innovative project leaders who've demonstrated exceptinoal resilience and creativity over the past year.

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Trial Community Support and Education Resources

The Office of the President, Office for Public Engagement, Office for Equity and Diversity, and other units systemwide have compiled a list of University of Minnesota-affiliated resources for students, faculty, staff, and community partners to build upon the University's collective efforts during and after the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. 

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U of M launches Voice, Art, and Community Event Series

The University's Office of the President has launched "Voice, Art, and Community," a collection of online events and activities across the University's system with community partners that features diverse voices through the arts and humanities. 

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Measuring Structural Racism in Minnesota: A Call to Action—4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18 via Zoom

Join University School of Public Health Associate Professor Rachel Hardeman in a virtual community conversation on what structural racism means for Black, Indigenous, and people of color in the Twin Cities urban areas and how it plays out in our lives. Hardeman is a 2020 UROC Research Agenda grant recipient for her project Operationalizing and Measuring Structural Racism in Minnesota, which aims to explore the measurement of the impact of structural racism in urban communities and document the ways that Black communities have been and are currently systemically disenfranchised. 

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