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The Urban Education Program

COVID-19 Update:

The Urban Education Program campus office is open as of Monday, June 14, 2021. Please note that the office is partially covered by a professional staff member, and the team will continue to work remotely until August 9, 2021. We encourage you to email your advisor to set up an in-person visit.  We may be reached during our summer campus hours of Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at urbaned@westfield.ma.edu

A Legacy of Academic Excellence and Leadership

The Urban Education Program was founded in 1968 to provide college access, mentoring, and academic advising to students of color that may not have been afforded such opportunity considering the turbulent social climate.

Since, the Urban Education Program has evolved to provide our holistic support services to all students that self-identify as first-generation or demonstrates a financial need.  The Urban Education Program embraces a notion of an academic community enriched and enhanced by diversity along varied ethnic and educational backgrounds. We are especially committed to increasing the representation of those populations that have been historically excluded from participating in an institution of higher learning.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Urban Education Program is to provide college readiness and support for first-generation students that will improve individual performance and academic achievement.  From its inception in 1968, the Urban Education Program upholds the goals of enhancing and enriching the academic community by increasing the representation of diverse populations, championing inclusivity, empowering first-generation college students, and fostering academic excellence and leadership.

Services: The Urban Education Program is a student support program that provides academic and social assistance to first-generation college students through a college readiness summer program and ongoing advising during the academic year. 

The Summer Bridge Program

The first service students receive from the Urban Education Program starts with a college readiness Summer Bridge Program prior to the start of their first academic semester. During the Summer Bridge Program, students receive their introduction to student engagement, workshops and seminars dedicated to college preparation, and a college course for academic credit--at no cost to the student. Each participant is assigned to a professional Academic Advisor and a Peer Counselor.

Ongoing Academic Support and Engagement

Upon successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program, students receive ongoing and individual support from their Academic Advisor throughout their college career. Individualized support includes discussions about making good academic decisions and preparation essential to degree completion. It also involves encouraging conversations on the topics of self-development and self-motivation. Academic Advisors will identify campus resources and make referrals so students can meet their goals. The Urban Education Program Academic Advisor will track academic progress, campus engagement, and course completion to assist students to become academically successful and realize their educational goals.

Empowering Future Leaders

Services also include finding the right career path and having conversations about selecting a major that is a right fit for a student. There is an emphasis on leadership development and student engagement in order to help a student find their voice, career path, or professional opportunities through campus engagement and opportunities. The Urban Education Program offers its own unique student engagement opportunities through the Peer Counselor, Urban Education Program Ambassadors, and Recruitment Mentor initiatives.

If necessary, students that find themselves on academic probation, suspension, or dismissal will continue to have our assistance through advocacy and the development of an action plan to facilitate their return to good academic standing.

Services continue throughout the students’ educational career at Westfield State University, and the bond continues throughout their lifetime.

Each one teach one, each one reach one.

Sign up for the 2021 Summer Bridge Program

Are you a first-generation college student (those whose parents do not have a four-year degree)? Are you interested in receiving on-going academic support while attending Westfield State? Do you envision yourself as a future leader? Could you use an additional $2,000 during your first year of college? If you answered YES to each question, then the Urban Education Program is just for you!

Email us your questions about the Summer Bridge Program at urbaned@westfield.ma.edu

Click here to visit the Summer Bridge Program page

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Application Requirements

Here's what you'll need to apply to the Urban Education Program.

Program Requirements

After a successful application process, prospective Urban Education Program students are encouraged to follow program guidelines. See what they are here.

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