Centers & Institutes

  • Intergenerational Urban Institute

    For more than 20 years, the Intergenerational Urban Institute at Worcester State University has been providing community service opportunities for students of all ages to meet the challenges that face greater Worcester. We are the outreach arm of the Urban Studies Department, and we invite you to participate in IUI programs through Urban Studies practicums or as volunteers.

    Through IUI programs, you can:

    • Tutor in the Elder English Language Learner Program on campus, the Senior Center, Nu Café, and a Worcester Housing Authority elder housing facility
    • Assist the Hunger Outreach Team, which provides information and application assistance for SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) on campus and in the community and coordinates hunger awareness programs and public forums
    • Help maintain the Worcester State University Garden for All Ages with assistance from students from Chandler Magnet School, participants in the Latino Education Institute’s Latina Achievers in Search of Success (LASOS) program, teenagers in Worcester State University’s Upward Bound program, and residents of Bet Shalom
    • Support the work of community agencies like the Worcester Community Action Center, Brigham Hill Community Farm, Worcester Food Policy Council, and local food pantries
    • Apply to become an Intergenerational Community Fellow and open the doors to engagement and connections across the generations

    We also bring community members to campus:

    • Worcester State University’s elder registration program, which offers free classes (waived tuition and fees) to Massachusetts residents age 60 and higher
    • Empty Bowl anti-hunger fundraising event
    • Annual Celebration of Service Across the Ages
    • Guest lectures and panel discussions

    The IUI works closely with the Urban Studies Department, including the Nonprofit Management graduate program, to conduct community projects, meetings, and programs. In fact, many Urban Studies courses have launched IUI programs, community forums, and events.