Rules of Engagement Podcast

Rules of Engagement is a new podcast showcasing the many diverse projects and partners of the University of Minnesota’s Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). 

Hosted by UROC Executive Director Makeda Zulu, the series explores innovative ways the University is working with its urban partners through UROC to advance learning, improve quality of life, and discover breakthrough solutions to critical problems. 

Tune in to monthly conversations that range from the benefits of urban biking, the dangers of urban food deserts, the need for birth justice, and creative ways of combating diabetes. 

The series was produced and engineered by Blackbird Revolt.

Listen to the latest episode

Episode Three: Slow Roll and Community Health

Minneapolis-based Slow Roll Founder and BIKEFY Consulting Development and Engagement Strategist Anthony Taylor works to promote health, wellness, and infrastructure inclusivity through urban bicycling in North Minneapolis and beyond.

Upcoming episodes

  • Episode Four: Leadership for the Common Good

    University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Dean Nisha Botchway discusses how her nationally recognized school is engaging communities in innovative and mutually beneficial projects.

  • Episode Five: The Value of Lasting Partnerships

    Hedy Walls, Executive Vice President for Social Responsibility for the YMCA of the North, and Doug Kennedy, Assistant Professor with the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program at the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing, discuss what they’ve learned through University- community engaged partnerships.

  • Episode Six: Fast Food and Urban Food Deserts

    University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs Assistant Professor and UROC Affiliated Researcher Fernando Burga and R. Root Garden Co- Founder Queen Fray are working to empower Minneapolis residents to advocate for a healthier and more culturally relevant foodscape.

Podcast Host Makeda Zulu

Makeda Zulu

Podcast Host

UROC Executive Director

Makeda provides executive oversight of strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewardship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities.