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.



Zoom screenshot from banking and lending
Voices of the Future: Linking Historical Trauma, Ambiguous Loss, and Financial Decision Making Among African American Families research team
Slow Roll cyclists gather at Theodore Wirth Regional Park for a ride to the George Floyd memorial.
Cracked Justice by Carolyn Crump
Robert Jones

News Highlights

U of M National Day of Racial Healing Conversation: What Will it Take to Heal? —10 a.m. Tuesday, January 25

Join local and national educators, leaders, and activists in a virtual community conversation on racial healing, equity, and justice at the University of Minnesota's observance of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's National Day of Racial Healing. Hosted…

Celebrating and Caring for Loved Ones with Memory Loss During the Holidays—3:30 p.m., Thursday, December 16 via Zoom

Hear from community and University of Minnesota (UMN) experts with tips on keeping the holidays a celebration of spirit and dignity. Presenters will include researchers and care professionals from the UMN School of Public Health's Center for Healthy…

UROC Critical Conversation: Banking and Lending's Role in Family Wealth Disparities — 4 p.m., Thursday, November 18

Moderated by award-winning Twin Cities financial educator and CEO Tonia Brinston, the conversation will examine the role financial institutions play in the long-term financial health and wealth of their clients and community.