Worcester State University
Intergenerational Urban Institute


Maureen Power, PhD. 
Executive Director

MaureenMaureen has been a member of the Urban Studies department since 1975 and along with her students helped to launch Worcester State College as an intergenerational campus. She has served as Executive Director of the Intergenerational Urban Institute (IUI) since its inception in 1994. 


She has a BA in Sociology from Emmanuel College and her MSW and PhD from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University. 


Together with her students, Maureen initiated and launched IUI service learning programs “to channel the energies of students of all ages to meet the challenges that face our urban environment." Over the years the IUI has developed unique partnerships between the college and community based organizations. 


Maureen was personally recognized with the Fran Pratt Intergenerational Achievement Award in 1993 and the RSVP of Central Massachusetts Leadership Recognition Award in 1998. In 2003 she accepted, on behalf of the IUI and Worcester State College, the Irving Yarok Award for Outstanding Community Leadership in the field of aging. That same year, under Maureen’s leadership, the IUI launched its hunger initiatives and continues to focus efforts to “End Hunger in Central Massachusetts." In Spring, 2007 the Colleges of the Worcester Consortium awarded her the William Meinhofer Award for Faculty Excellence in promoting service learning and civic engagement in the greater Worcester area.  


Maureen serves as faculty and advisor for the Consortium Gerontology Studies Program sponsored by the colleges of the Worcester Consortium and volunteers as a member of the Board of the Worcester County Food Bank. 


She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband and two sons and finds great enjoyment in being an urban gardener.


Maureen.Power@worcester.edu, 508-929-8629

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