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U of M grads spearhead UROC staff supply drive

Driven by a need to help others, three recent University of Minnesota graduates led a UROC staff-focused supply drive for community members impacted by the economic hardships of COVID-19 and recent unrest in the wake of the killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd. 
Following social distancing protocols, the team raised staff donations to purchase a range of much-needed items from discount retailers. 

Seeds to Harvest Service Northside Volunteer Coordination Events—9:45 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through July 25

Seeds to Harvest Service Coalition, a community-based service organization dedicated to responding to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest in North Minneapolis, and the Northside Impact Fund will host volunteer coordination events in UROC's parking lot at 9:45 to 11 a.m. Saturdays through July 25. The volunteer opportunities—whch range from neighborhood clean up to voter registration—are supported by The Urban Impact.

U of M Carlson School releases NJCT report on solar, modular housing potential for North Minneapolis

MBA students from the University of Minnesota Carlson School's Carlson Ventures Enterprise (CVE) program have released the results of an opportunity analysis of market conditions for module housing and solar panel assembly in North Minneapolis. Commissioned by UROC's Northside Job Creation Team, the report contains the results of 34 industry interviews and analysis of 31 industry reports and finds that investment in North Minneapolis-based solar opportunities—including solar assembly and installation—could have a substantial job and economic impact. 

UROC seeks Twin Cities photographers for gallery project—RFP announced



The University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) seeks proposals from qualified Twin Cities-based photographers for the creation of ten large format (16” x 20”) photo portraits honoring UROC’s research-based partnerships with community members.  Each portrait will feature two human foci—a  person representing the University and a person representing the community—as well as an object representing the partnership. 

All-ages movement workshop with Kyle Abraham's A.I.M —3:30 p.m. Friday, February 28 at UROC

Part conversation and part movement workshop, Unifying Uniqueness investigates the ideologies surrounding uniqueness and likenesses in each participant. Led by A.I.M company members, participants of all levels will engage in a dialogue centered around early memories and integrate movement with ideas of perception, family, and freedom.  

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.