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.


Jessica Forrester
Danielle Brown
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

Demystifying Our Energy System: A UROC Critical Conversation—3 p.m. Friday, April 14, via Zoom

Join experts and advocates from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment's Energy Efficiency Cohort in a lively UROC Critical Conversation on energy affordability and access.

Making Math Education More Equitable

STEM Education PhD Graduate Jessica Forrester on Her Justice-Oriented Approach to Education.

UROC's 2023 Summer Resource Fair—11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 25

Get a jump on summer and learn about educational activities and job opportunities for youth and adults at UROC's 2023 Summer Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 25 at the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and…