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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.
Older Student RegistrationMassachusetts 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. Eligible older students
register directly with the Registrar's Office for undergraduate courses and the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education for evening and graduate courses for winter and summer sessions.
In addition to the tuition waiver granted by the state, by vote of Worcester State University’s Board of Trustees, fees for eligible senior citizens who enroll in undergraduate or graduate classes at WSU are also waived.If you are an older student, you:
Remember that these classes are only for viewing. You will need to wait until the next Older Student Registration date to register in person. Also some of these classes may be filled with traditional paying students before the next older student registration date, so think about a few courses you may like to take in case your first or second choice is unavailable.Note: If you are a matriculated student, you may register for classes prior to the older student registration day.
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