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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In the UROC Gallery—"Joy In Translation"

Fine art photographer Anna Min spent the last year seeking out joy and wonderment in the modern world and answering the question, "Where does joy go when it's not around here?" The resulting exhibit—"Joy in Translation"— is a collection of images designed to delight the eye, inspire joy, and give the heart hope for another day.

Through January 31

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Mapping Prejudice: Racism, Rent, and Real Estate in Minneapolis— Wednesday, October 10

Join scholars and community members in a UROC Critical Conversation on the hidden history of racial covenants in Minneapolis. The discussion will center on new research showing what communities of color have known for decades—that structural barriers and legalized discrimination barred many people of color from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century. 5 p.m. Reception; 6 p.m. Program. 

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UROC Community Day set for 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 20

UROC's annual open house event will honor North Minneapolis' vibrant history and cultural assets through a wide variety of free, family-friendly, and fun activities, displays, and programs. Record a mini-oral history of your personal Plymouth Avenue stories; find your roots in a interactive family tree; enjoy a Northside Slow Roll Bike Demo; take a trip down memory lane by sampling dishes inspired by gone-but-not-forgotten Lucille’s Kitchen, and much more. 

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Neighborhood U features PlantMaker Studio with arboretum experts—1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 14

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum staff will host a PlantMaker Studio, a hands-on experience that encourages nature exploration through crafts involving plants.

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Sat, Aug 4, 2018 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Witness Writing Workshop
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Fri, Jul 27, 2018 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Women of Color and Native Women (WOCNW) Community Meeting
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Tue, Jul 24, 2018 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
City of Minneapolis - Neighborhood and Community Relations
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