University-Community Partnerships

These partnerships meet at UROC. They have been initiated by community members or University personnel seeking collaborative approaches to pressing urban issues.

Projects are coded according to the following UROC research areas:
*  Economic & Community Development
^  Education & Lifelong Learning
≈  Health & Wellness

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African American Leadership Forum*

Researching disparities in education, economic development, health and wellness, and family, culture, and spirituality between the African American community and other sectors of the Twin Cities is the focus of the African American Leadership Forum.

UROC Research Area: Economic & Community Development

Contact Shanaya Dunge.

Culturally Tailored Modern Family Medical History Tool≈

The goal of this project is to learn from community members about strategies and preferences for developing family health histories. Family health histories are becoming increasingly important in order to take advantage of advances in precision medicine.

UROC Research Area: Health & Wellness

Contact Julie Lundstrom.

Family Business Success in the Black Community*

The goal of this partnership is to increase knowledge of best practices in family business management and succession planning, particularly in the black community. Project partners include University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, Metropolitan Economic Development Association, Neighborhood Development Center, Northside Economic Opportunity Network, and the University of St. Thomas Family Business Center.

UROC Research Area: Economic & Community Development

Contact Jon Keimig or Makeda Zulu.

Medical School Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion^

A University of Minnesota Medical School program that’s providing safe space for medical students to study and build community.

UROC Research Area: Education & Lifelong Learning

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CTSI Community Engagement Advance Research and Community Health*≈

The University’s Clinical and Translational Science’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) team provides infrastructure and support so University researchers and community representatives—including nonprofits, clinics, physicians, and advocates—can work together.

UROC Research Areas: Economic & Community Development | Health & Wellness

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Growing North Minneapolis*^≈

Growing North Minneapolis is a community-driven collaboration with the University of Minnesota, which focuses on youth and their communities. Through intergenerational mentorship and urban agriculture, we advance environmental, social, and racial justice in North Minneapolis.

UROC Research Areas: Economic & Community Development | Health & Wellness | Education & Lifelong Learning

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Hennepin Healthcare Pediatric Mobile Clinic: Promoting Vaccine Confidence in the Community≈

The Pediatric Mobile Health team provides pediatric healthcare to families who are hesitant and/or unable to come to our clinics or hospital. We meet families where they are to provide vaccines, as well as child check-ups and other basic healthcare services.

UROC Research Area: Health & Wellness

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The University's Educational Psychology’s IGDI Lab aims to expand the suite of psychometrically robust measures for Spanish-speaking dual-language learners by developing and validating new measures for three-year olds.  IGDIs are designed from an equity-based lens, have extensive evidence of psychometric rigor, and are instructionally relevant.

UROC Research Area: Education & Lifelong Learning

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Leadership Minor^

The University’s Undergraduate Leadership Minor works with the Seeds to Harvest collaborative on a host of issues, focusing on youth literacy, voting registration, census completion, mask distributions, service projects, food deliveries, youth activities, and communications.

UROC Research Area: Education & Lifelong Learning

Contact Matt Ladhoff or Makeda Zulu


A near-peer mathematics tutoring and mentoring program, the University’s Prepare2Nspire partners with community middle and high school students and their families to provide weekly mathematics tutoring and mentoring. The program builds confidence and prepares students for post-secondary mathematics study by supporting students in 8th-grade algebra through high school calculus.

UROC Research Area: Education & Lifelong Learning

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Seeds to Harvest* Northside Bulldogs

Seeds to Harvest is committed to the active development of children and communities collectively marshaling its resources towards the five promises defined by America’s Promise Alliance: A Safe Place to Thrive, A Healthy Start, Support from A Caring TEAM, Effective Education and Skill Development, and Opportunities to Serve Others.

UROC Research Area: Economic and Community Development

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