University of Massachusetts, Boston, College of Public and Community Service

Founded in 1972 to extend the University’s land grant mission by focusing on public and community service in urban areas and providing a liberal arts education with training for professional careers, the College of Public and Community Service includes programs that provide opportunities for field work and work experience. Comprised by a very diverse community, of which a majority are lower income, over 60% are women, and over 40% minority, the College has sponsored many field projects, including a participatory action research project with residents of Harbor Point housing development to assess their health concerns and what makes a “healthy” community and working with the Coalition to Protect Chinatown, preparing impact assessments and developing organizing strategies.

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