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The Urban Action Institute is the outreach and community action arm of Worcester State University’s Urban Studies Department. We promote student development and collaboratively address social, political, and economic injustices in our society through collective transformative action that bridges lines of difference and forges community.
We aim to enable students and community-members of all ages and backgrounds to work for an equitable world. Specifically, we work on:
The work of Urban Action Institute is conducted in different formats: practica, events, speakers and workshops. We also oversee and manage the WSU Teaching Garden and Older Student Registration.
We invite you to participate in UIA programs through the following Urban Studies practica:
Garden (UR440-05)You will work in the WSU Teaching Garden with students of Chandler Magnet Elementary School. Experiential learning topics include planting and growing, eating nutritious food, and sustainable living. Offered only in the fall semester.
SNAP Program - Hunger Outreach Team (UR440-03)You will participate in campaigns to raise hunger awareness on campus and in the community. You’ll help individuals apply for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits and staff the SNAP office on campus.
English Language Learning (UR440-01/02)This is an experiential learning opportunity to work with Worcester’s immigrant and refugee population as they strive to integrate in the United States and learn English. Be a tutor and a cultural ambassador as you work with these learners from all over the world.
Youth Leadership (UR440-04)This supports an after-school program at the offices of African Community Education. Be a mentor, provide homework support, and take part in leadership skill-building activities with youth members of Worcester’s African immigrant community.
Massachusetts residents age 60 and older are entitled to free tuition courses on a space available basis at all public higher education institutions (by state law). The Urban Action Institute administers older student registration prior to fall and spring semesters.
Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no in-person registration. In order to allow adequate room in classrooms and for individuals to safely distance, only online classes are available to older students. An online orientation will also be required.
* If you have previously taken a course at Worcester State University using this tuition waiver, you do not need to provide documentation of your residency or age.
Please watch the required orientation video (approximately 20 minutes in length):
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