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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Save the Date: UROC's first Rural/Urban Critical Conversation—Wednesday, May 29

Save the date for a special rural/urban UROC Critical Conversation on immigration, migration, and the impending “silver tsunami” of retirees is set to change the demographic face of Minnesota over the next 50 years.  A Changing People Who Live in This Place Called Minnesota: A public conversation about issues facing rural and urban Minnesotans will examine the challenges these forces pose to the healthcare, employment, housing, and transportation needs of Minnesotans living in urban centers, small towns, and rural settings. 

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Northside Assets: Overcoming Workforce Barriers— 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 10

The University of Minnesota's Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) will host a first-ever business summit focused on the nuts and bolts of employee hiring and retention in North Minneapolis. The event will take place at UROC, 2001 Plymouth Avenue N., Minneapolis, Minn.

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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

Get a jump on summer and learn about fun-filled and educational activities for youth at UROC's annual Summer Resource Fair. Staff from organizations representing opportunities for youth in such areas as sports, performing arts, and small business ventures, will be on hand to answer questions about scholarship opportunities and registration. 

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