The Urban Education Program

A Legacy of Academic Excellence and Leadership

The Urban Education Program was founded in 1968 to provide collegiate access, mentoring, and academic advising to students of color that may not of had been afforded such opportunity considering the turbulent social climate of the 1960s and 1970s.

Since, the Urban Education Program has evolved to provide our holistic support services to all students that self-identify as first-generation, underrepresented, or demonstrates a financial need.  The Urban Education Program embraces a notion of an academic community enriched and enhanced by diversity along various dimensions, including race, ethnicity, national origin, gender and gender identity, sexuality, disability, socioeconomic class and religion. 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 support for students that will improve individual performance and academic achievement through a college readiness and preparation Summer Bridge Program and promoting students’ academic success through intrusive advising, mentorship, academic, and social support. From its inception in 1968, the Urban Education Program upholds the goals of empowering students and fostering academic excellence and leadership.

Services: The Urban Education Program provides assistance for students through individual sessions with a member of the office. Individualized support may include discussions about good academic decisions and preparation essential to degree completion. Additionally, sessions may be used to identify other resources available on campus and make referrals so students can meet their challenges. An Urban Education Program Academic Advisor will keep track of academic progress, credits, and course completion to assist students to become academically successful and realize their educational goals.

Academic 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 in order to assist a student to find their career path and professional opportunities through campus activities, civic engagement, networking opportunities, internships and jobs.

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

Other services include social support and integration since college comes with many challenges outside of academics. This includes mentorship, being there to listen whenever needed, and problem solving outside academic issues or concerns such as financial aid or roommate conflicts. Failure to comply may result in ineligibility for special program considerations or withdrawal of services from the Urban Education Program.

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.

Department Spotlight

Westfield State opened a door that 2013 Alumnus Jamie Jaquez never thought was there. Listen to his powerful story and learn how the Urban Education Program changed his life.

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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.