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 seeks Twin Cities photographers for gallery project—RFP announced

The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) seeks proposals from Twin Cities-based photographers for the creation of ten large format (16” x 20”) photo portraits honoring UROC’s research-based partnerships with community members to be installed in UROC's gallery. Proposals will be accepted through Friday, May 29, 2020.  

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UROC Community News email newsletter

For the latest updates from UROC and helpful community-based resources, subscribe to UROC Community News. Check out the April 2020 issue and subscribe by sending an email with "subscribe" in the subject line to urocinfo@umn.edu.

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UROC building closed until further notice

The University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) is following orders and recommendations by Minnesota Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health designed to curb transmission of COVID-19. As a result and per University guidelines, the UROC facility is closed until further notice. 

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CANCELLED: UROC's 2020 Summer Resource Fair

UROC's annual Summer Resource Fair scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 has been cancelled 

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