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.


Roni Evans, Douglas Kennedy, Ronda Chakolis, and Sam Simmons
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Fernando Burga
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Ayanna and her daughter in a pool
Voices of the Future: Linking Historical Trauma, Ambiguous Loss, and Financial Decision Making Among African American Families research team

News Highlights

Living Well With Pain: Managing Your Pain So It Doesn't Manage You—4 p.m., Thursday, November 17 via Zoom

Join University of Minnesota researchers and community experts specializing in the treatment of chronic pain in a UROC Critical Conversation abut strategies to empower individuals in managing chronic pain, navigate health systems, and build stronger…

Leading University Engagement with Faith Communities—12:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 2

Community-engaged scholarship and building mutually-beneficial relationships between universities and their broader communities is a growing national priority in higher education. And while faith communities often provide the anchor for many…

2022 UROC Research Agenda Grant Competition — Deadline: 8 p.m. Monday, October 24

UROC seeks proposals by University of Minnesota faculty to address the critical issues outlined in the UROC Research Agenda through collaborative, community-based research projects. The agenda and its annual annual grant competition aim to stimulate…