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Nourishing Youth through Kinship, Resistance, and YPAR—Friday, January 17

The University of Minnesota’s YoUthROC Youth Research Team will facilitate a half-day immersion into youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR). This event is for groups of young people with accompanying adults or others interested in learning alongside. Come ready to interact with others in an exploration of examples of YPAR that cultivate kinship and resistance.

Economic Inclusion and the Promise of Cultural Districts: A UROC Critical Conversation—5 p.m. Thursday, December 5

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins, Council Members Alondra Cano and Jeremiah Ellison, and other members of the council have been working on the establishment of "cultural districts" within the city limits. Cultural districts are defined as contiguous areas with cultural and/or linguistic identity rooted in communities significantly populated by Black, Indigenous, and immigrant people of color. Join community leaders and residents in a UROC Critical Conversation discussion of the possibilities and potential of cultural districts in North Minneapolis and beyond.

Policing in Minneapolis: Northside Voices community forum—5:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 10

The public is invited to "Policing in Minneapolis: Northside Voices," a community forum on the past, present, and future of policing in North Minneapolis. The event will build off a University of Minnesota research project that examines how neighborhood residents in North Minneapolis understand policing in the wake of the Movement for Black Lives and related local organizing.

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie named U of M UROC Executive Director

Makeda Zulu-Gillespie has been named executive director of the University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC). A staff member of UROC since its inception, Zulu-Gillespie has served as UROC's first director of community outreach since 2009. 
As UROC’s executive director, she will serve as the center’s chief executive with primary responsibility for securing the UROC’s success in all aspects of its work. She will provide executive oversight of UROC’s strategic planning, revenue generation, financial stewardship, organizational development, staff management, and operational activities. 

UROC Community Day—3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, September 26

Celebrate North Minneapolis and the great state of Minnesota at UROC Community Day 2019. This year's event features an appearance by University of Minnesota President Joan T.A. Gabel, research demonstrations and learning activities, Goldy Gopher, live music, giveaways, and foods representing Minnesota's communities. The event is free and open to the public. 

Josie R. Johnson to discuss, sign her memoir—5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at UROC

Activist, scholar, and University of Minnesota Regent Emeritus Josie R. Johnson will discuss and sign her new book, Hope in the Struggle: A Memoirat UROC at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, June 27, 2019.  A memoir about shouldering the cause of social justice during the darkest hours and brightest moments for civil rights in America—and, specifically, in Minnesota—Hope in the Struggle shines light on the difference one person can make. The event is free and open to the public. 

The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis project report release event—3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at UROC

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, The Illusion of Choice: Evictions and Profit in North Minneapolis project aims to answer the question of why and how evictions are taking place from the perspectives of tenants and landlords themselves. The event is free and open to the public. 

UROC's First Live-streamed Rural/Urban Critical Conversation from Morris and North Minneapolis, Minn.—6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29

UROC will host a special rural/urban UROC Critical Conversation on immigration, migration, and the impending “silver tsunami” of retirees set to change the demographic face of Minnesota.  A Changing People Who Live in This Place Called Minnesota: A public conversation about issues facing rural and urban Minnesotans will examine the challenges and opportunities these forces pose to the Minnesotans living in urban centers, small towns, and rural settings. The event is free and open to the public.