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Community Day to celebrate partnerships, urban research initiatives at U of M's UROC Nov. 9

October 31, 2012

"Sharing the Journey,” the theme for Community Day 2012, will celebrate community partnerships and urban research initiatives from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC), 2001 Plymouth Ave. N., Minneapolis.

Community Day offers the public a chance to tour UROC’s 22,000-square-foot facility and review university-community collaborations aimed at strengthening health, education and economic development in North Minneapolis and other urban communities. Activities will include free computer classes and health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, live music, and a public reception.

“Since its doors opened in 2010, UROC has continued to expand and deepen its work as a hub for urban-focused collaborations that build on the strengths of the university and many community partners,” said UROC Executive Director Heidi Barajas. “Community Day is a way for us to celebrate those partnerships, the journey that has brought us here and our ongoing work together.”

This year’s event will include a tribute to University Senior Vice President Robert Jones during a program scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Jones, whose leadership was a guiding force behind the creation of UROC, has accepted the position of president of the University of Albany, part of the State University of New York, effective January 2, 2013.

The event is free and open to the public.

UROC links the University of Minnesota in vital public partnership with urban communities to advance learning, improve quality of life and discover breakthrough solutions to critical urban challenges. Visit for more information.

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