Heidi Barajas
  • Director of the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center
  • Department Chair, Associate Professor
  • Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD)

Heidi Barajas, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) located in North Minneapolis. Dr. Barajas also serves with the Office for Public Engagement supporting the University of Minnesota’s urban community engagement work.  A sociologist by training, Dr. Barajas is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Her research, teaching and public service focus on issues related to access and inclusion, with a focus on building educational institutions that support students across differences of race, gender and class. In addition, Dr. Barajas explores the role of anchor institutions in working with communities to solve urban issues.

Dr. Barajas, who is a native Californian, received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Minnesota as a National Science Foundation Fellow; she also holds a B.A. in Spanish and education and a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Utah.

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