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 to hold statewide sexual violence roundtables

UROC is sponsoring a series of statewide, community roundtables on the topic of intersections of sexual violence, domestic violence, and sex trafficking beginning Monday, November 26 in Morris.  At Intersections of Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence and Sex Trafficking: Bringing the Community Together Around Prevention, participants will learn about the latest research findings and how to apply them in community contexts for collaboration and prevention. The roundtables kick off November 26 in Morris, Minnesota.

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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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REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED for UROC Critical Conversation on Mapping Prejudice— Wednesday, October 10

Due to venue capacity, registration for the October 10 UROC Critical Conversation on Mapping Prejudice: Racism, Rent, and Real Estate in Minneapolis is now closed. The event will be streamed live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/2284761135071148/. 

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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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Mon, Nov 12, 2018 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Minnesota CarePartner: Cross Cultural Parenting Group
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Mon, Dec 10, 2018 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Northside Residents Redevelopment Council RCTF Meeting
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Mon, Oct 29, 2018 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Upper Harbor Terminal: What is it and how can you help?
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