The Urban Education Program

Coronavirus Update:

The Urban Education Program office is closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the professional staff is working remotely to provide continued advising and support to current students. If prospective students and parents have questions, we may be reached Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 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  include discussions about making good academic decisions and preparation essential to degree completion. It also invloves 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.

Virtual Open Houses & Information Session

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 $1,000 during your first year of college? If you answered YES to each question, then the Urban Education Program is just for you!

We have concluded our Virtual Information Sessions for the month.  If you want more information about WSU and the Urban Education Program please click the button below or email amercer@westfield.ma.edu

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Department Announcements

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Conclusion of the 2020 Summer Bridge Program

Today, we celebrated the achievements of 45 scholars as our first, remote Summer Bridge Program came to a close.

A special thank you to all for making the Summer Bridge Program a success!

Posted on: August 18, 2020

Urban Education Program Office Update

The Urban Education Program office (Parenzo 108) will remian closed during the fall 2020 semester due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, the professional staff is working remotely to provide continued advising and support to current students. Please e-mail your respective Academic Advisor if you are in need of assistance.

If prospective students and parents/guardians have questions related to our 2021 Summer Bridge Program, we may be reached Monday – Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at urbaned@westfield.ma.edu

Getting Started

Summer Bridge Program

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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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