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.


Rules of Engagement
UROC Welcome
Community Day Artwork
Birth Justice Collaborative
Johneva McCoy
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

The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center is hiring for a full time Administrative Services Manager to provide leadership in the operation of the UROC building, support and oversight for operations staff and students, both undergraduate and graduate, with administrative appointments, and to continue UROC’s mission-driven work related to internal and external contracts and vendors.
A University-community selection committee has named the 2023 recipients of the UROC Research Agenda Grant Competition.
Free and open to the public, Sankofa's Acoustic features local musicians in acoustic performances in the UROC gallery.