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Will loss of UROC visionary deter its mission?

N. Mpls center continues outreach as its founding leader moves on

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Since discussions with community leaders were first initiated in 2005 and after its doors opened in 2009, the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) on Plymouth Avenue North in Minneapolis has been viewed suspiciously by community residents. UROC’s mission, “to build long-term, purposeful collaborations in and with North Minneapolis,” was a vision of school Senior Vice President Robert Jones, who will become president of the University of Albany (New York) in January. Now that Jones is leaving the school, what about UROC’s future? Many community residents and others wondered out loud about what type of “research” the University of Minnesota would be conducting on the city’s North Side. Continue Reading →

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