UROC Projects and Programs

These are projects and programs initiated and led by UROC staff in partnership with community members.

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

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Black Family Business Success*

An initiative focused on an annual panel discussion and focused group conversations for and about black-owned businesses creating multigenerational success.

UROC Research Area: Economic and Community Development

Learn more or contact Jon Keimig at 651-962-4560.

Critical Conversation Series*^≈

UROC Critical Conversations is a series of public discussions that bring together scholars, activists, historians, artists, and community leaders who address urban issues and ideas. Building on UROC's many University-community collaborations, the series is intended as a "gathering place" for urban-focused research, dialogue, and cultural events.

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

Learn more.

Northside Job Creation Team*

The Northside Job Creation Team (NJCT) is a collaboration representing some of the major stakeholders in North Minneapolis to build an active collaborative that will provide the leadership for the research and analyses of high potential job creation opportunities. The NJCT relies on research to engage stakeholders in the development of jobs based in North Minneapolis that offer livable wages, benefits, and are environmentally sound.

UROC Research Area: Economic & Community Development

Learn more.

Rural Urban Connections: Opioids≈

A UROC-based, long-term initiative that aims to bring together expertise and knowledge from Minnesota’s rural and urban communities to identify ways to work together on the opioid crisis.

UROC Research Area: Health & Wellness

Contact James De Sota at [email protected] to learn more.

The Plymouth Penn Partnership*

The Penn-Plymouth Partnership works collaboratively to identify and mobilize long-term, strategic investments to promote economic activity related to the Penn-Plymouth developments. The partnership focuses on initiatives that have identifiable support through neighborhood and community planning and seeks to complement, rather than duplicate, existing community organizations and efforts.

UROC Research Area: Economic & Community Development

Contact Makeda Zulu at [email protected] to learn more.

University Northside Partnership Community Affairs Leadership Council*

This group of community partners helps UROC to identify ways to leverage UROC-related research and partnerships to address education, health and wellness, community, and economic development issues that are raised by the community.

UROC Research Area: Economic & Community Development

Learn more or contact Makeda Zulu at [email protected].

UROC Project Documentation*^≈

This annual documentation process at UROC allows us to update our website and report to the University’s central administration and the community what projects were worked on in the previous year.

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

Learn more or contact James De Sota at [email protected].

UROC Research Agenda*^≈

The UROC Research Agenda is a framework for addressing three themes that community members of North Minneapolis, practitioners, and University of Minnesota researchers identified as critical to a thriving Twin Cities urban core. Research Agenda priority areas are community healing and wholeness; systems and systemic racism; and individual, family, and community financial wellbeing.

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

Learn more or contact James DeSota at [email protected], or Kai Ecker at [email protected].