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.

EXPANDING THE UNIVERSITY’S
COMMITMENT TO URBAN COMMUNITIES

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—3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 26

Save the date for a celebration of Minnesota and North Minneapolis at UROC Community Day 2019. This year's annual open-house event features an appearance by University of Minnesota President Joan T.A. Gabel, research-based demonstrations and activities, interviews with University/community partners, photos with Goldy Gopher, live music, give-a-ways, and delicious foods representing the diversity of Minnesota's communities. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Josie R. Johnson to discuss, sign her memoir—5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at UROC

Activist, scholar, and University of Minnesota Regent Emeritus Josie R. Johnson will discuss and sign her new book, Hope in the Struggle: A Memoirat UROC at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019.  A memoir about shouldering the cause of social justice during the darkest hours and brightest moments for civil rights in America—and, specifically, in Minnesota—Hope in the Struggle shines light on the difference one person can make. The event is free and open to the public. 

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The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis project report release event—3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at UROC

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis project aims to answer the question of why and how evictions are taking place from the perspectives of tenants and landlords themselves. The event is free and open to the public. 

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UROC's First Live-streamed Rural/Urban Critical Conversation from Morris and North Minneapolis, Minn.—6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29

UROC will host a special rural/urban UROC Critical Conversation on immigration, migration, and the impending “silver tsunami” of retirees set to change the demographic face of Minnesota.  A Changing People Who Live in This Place Called Minnesota: A public conversation about issues facing rural and urban Minnesotans will examine the challenges and opportunities these forces pose to the Minnesotans living in urban centers, small towns, and rural settings. The event is free and open to the public. 

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