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 building closed until further notice

The University's Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) is following orders and recommendations by Minnesota Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health designed to curb transmission of COVID-19. As a result and per University guidelines, the UROC facility is closed until further notice. 

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CANCELLED: UROC's 2020 Summer Resource Fair

UROC's annual Summer Resource Fair scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28 has been cancelled 

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All-ages movement workshop with Kyle Abraham's A.I.M —3:30 p.m. Friday, February 28 at UROC

Part conversation and part movement workshop, Unifying Uniqueness investigates the ideologies surrounding uniqueness and likenesses in each participant. Led by A.I.M company members, participants of all levels will engage in a dialogue centered around early memories and integrate movement with ideas of perception, family, and freedom.  

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Nourishing Youth through Kinship, Resistance, and YPAR—Friday, January 17

The University of Minnesota’s YoUthROC Youth Research Team will facilitate a half-day immersion into youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). This event is for groups of young people with accompanying adults or others interested in learning alongside. Come ready to interact with others in an exploration of examples of YPAR that cultivate kinship and resistance.

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