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.


North Minneapolis Gardens for Change crew
Jessica Forrester
Danielle Brown
Roni Evans, Douglas Kennedy, Ronda Chakolis, and Sam Simmons
Ariel graphic
Fernando Burga
Zoom screenshot from banking and lending
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

U of M hosts Juneteenth march, celebration in North Minneapolis—noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 17

The University of Minnesota will host its second annual Juneteenth celebration block party and commemorative march in North Minneapolis on Saturday, June 17 from noon to 6 p.m. This free event — centering on the theme of "The Art of Freedom: Joy.…

UROC to host Minnesota Fifth Congressional Art Competition artwork, reception—Saturday, April 29 through Thursday, May 4

Works of art by high school students from Minnesota's Fifth Congressional District who participated in the national Congressional Arts Competition will be on display in the UROC gallery Saturday, April 29 though Thursday, May 4.

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.