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Expanding the University's Commitment
to Urban Communities
As one of the very few land-grant research universities located in an urban setting in the United States, the University of Minnesota has made a priority of discovering solutions to the many complex issues facing urban communities. Reflecting that vision is the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), housed in a renovated building in North Minneapolis in the heart of a highly diverse community.
A new model for university-community engagement and urban problem solving, the center is home to a dozen University programs committed to research and problem-solving in authentic and engaged partnership with individuals and organizations in Northside communities.
The University's Urban Research and Outreach Engagement Center (UROC) is in a phase of growth and development in its University-owned building at 2001 Plymouth Avenue North, Minneapolis.
Senior Vice President Robert Jones and a staff led by executive director Heidi Barajas are working to expand UROC's community-university partnerships, building on an earlier strategic planning process that involved many residents and organizations of North Minneapolis. The goal is to advance the University's commitment to North Minneapolis and urban communities by building sustainable programs that are responsive to community needs and that maximize the resources and assets of the University and all of its community partners.
Through UROC, the University of Minnesota is continuing to promote ongoing engagement with the people, organizations, and communities of North Minneapolis. This includes regular monthly meetings of the University Northside Partnership Community Affairs Committee as a forum for hearing ideas and concerns.
The University of Minnesota UROC building at Plymouth and Penn avenues in North Minneapolis is open Monday–Friday
from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.