UROC Reception/Administrative Team

(From L to R) Jessica Forrester (Student Administrative Specialist, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, University of Minnesota—2019 to present), Velma Nelson-Thomas (Administrative Specialist, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, University of Minnesota—2014 to 2020), Johneva Davis (Executive Office Administrative Specialist, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach- Engagement Center, University of Minnesota— 2018 to present), Sylvia Mwangi (Administrative Specialist, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, University of Minnesota —2018 to present), Karina Carlson (Administrative Specialist, Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center, University of Minnesota—2009 to 2012)


UROC’s reception desk team chose the color gold to represent their partnership because of the color’s association with love, compassion, courage, passion, magic, prosperity, and wisdom—as well as sparkle, glitz, and glamour! They believe the color gold is also a “cheerleader” because it celebrates success and motivates people to reach their potential. Just as gold is an uplifting and encouraging hue, the UROC front desk team strives to be a positive force in the world, greeting every UROC visitor with a smile and treating everyone as a neighbor, colleague, and change-maker.