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.

EXPANDING THE UNIVERSITY’S
COMMITMENT TO URBAN COMMUNITIES

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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Makeda Zulu-Gillespie named U of M UROC Executive Director

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie has been named executive director of the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). A staff member of UROC since its inception, Zulu-Gillespie has served as UROC's first director of community outreach since 2009. 
As UROC’s executive director, she will serve as the center’s chief executive with primary responsibility for securing the UROC’s success in all aspects of its work. She will provide executive oversight of UROC’s strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewardship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities. 

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UROC Community Day—3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 26

Celebrate North Minneapolis and the great state of Minnesota at UROC Community Day 2019. This year's event features an appearance by University of Minnesota President Joan T.A. Gabel, research demonstrations and learning activities, Goldy Gopher, live music, giveaways, and foods representing Minnesota's communities. The event is free and open to the public. 

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Josie R. Johnson to discuss, sign her memoir—5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at UROC

Activist, scholar, and University of Minnesota Regent Emeritus Josie R. Johnson will discuss and sign her new book, Hope in the Struggle: A Memoirat UROC at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019.  A memoir about shouldering the cause of social justice during the darkest hours and brightest moments for civil rights in America—and, specifically, in Minnesota—Hope in the Struggle shines light on the difference one person can make. The event is free and open to the public. 

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The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis project report release event—3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at UROC

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis project aims to answer the question of why and how evictions are taking place from the perspectives of tenants and landlords themselves. The event is free and open to the public. 

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