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Weekend-Long Alternative Break on Food Insecurity / Volunteer Opp.

Community Outreach is offering a weekend-long alternative break opportunity to learn about food insecurity and food desserts. The program will run from April 5th to April 7th, 2019. For  more information, please contact Anita Luxkaranayagam at

Summer Study Abroad Program in the Netherlands

UConn Sustainable Amsterdam, Netherlands (Summer) (Faculty-led) – The overarching goal of the course is to provide students with an opportunity to do field-based research into various topics relating to sustainable urban and transportation planning.

For more information or to apply visit Education Abroad for additional information.

GEOG 2400 Online -Summer Sessions 1 and 2

Sustainable Cities will be offered online both summer sessions. See flyer below for additional information.

Change Corps – Training Academy for Activists

Change Corps is a training academy for activists. “If you’re serious about becoming an organizer, we offer a yearlong, three-step program that will give you the skills, the hands-on experience, and the opportunity to launch your career in social change.” To learn more please visit Change Corps’ website.

(Please note: Job, internship and training postings are being provided for informational purposes only. Anyone interested in this posting is responsible for verifying all related information. The Urban and Community Studies Program, nor the University is recommending these nor guaranteeing the accuracy of the information furnished in the posting.)

Literacy Lab F/T Tutor Positions Western, MA

The Literacy Lab, a non-profit whose mission is to close the literacy achievement gap for elementary students in high-need communities. The Literacy Lab is currently recruiting 25 tutors to serve next school year in the Western Mass area. Tutors will commit to serving one academic year and will provide daily one-on-one reading interventions to elementary school students who are on pace for third-grade reading failure. Details below.


Please note: Job postings are being provided for informational purposes only. Anyone interested in applying for one of these positions is responsible for verifying all related information. The Urban and Community Studies Program, nor the University is recommending these employers nor guaranteeing the accuracy of the information furnished in the job posting.

New Independent Study – Researching Housing Access and Discrimination

Prof. Fiona Vernal-Wright from history will be offering URBN 4990-006  this spring in Storrs.


Prof. Vernal-Wright will be offering an internship that is customizable for the students.  A team of students under her supervision will work towards the common goal of researching the history of housing access and discrimination in the greater Hartford area from the 1940s. Students will read widely for a month in the literature around African American, West Indian and Puerto Rican migration to the regions, around the rise and fall of public housing and the history of Fair Housing Act and other civil rights interventions. Students will end their readings with Matthew Desmond’s Evicted.

Students will delve into different areas of the research–photo collections, newspaper articles from various archival collection at HPL and Dodd, and the state library.  Students will meet as a team to digest the research and to begin crafting  a 20-22 panel exhibition that will premiere at the Thomas J. Dodd center in April and run through the summer.  The hope is that the exhibit might travel throughout the state and that another team can iterate a curriculum guide for teachers.

Students should be encouraged to contact Prof. Vernal-Wright with any questions or for a permission number.

SURF AWARD – Information Sessions (Nov. 13, 14, & 29)

  • SURF Award Program – Information Sessions

    The Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) Award program provides thousands of dollars in support of undergraduate students’ summer research or creative projects. The SURF program is open to undergraduate students in all majors at all campuses who plan to graduate no earlier than December 2019. Students can apply for funding of up to $4,000 per student.

    Please encourage interested students to attend one of the upcoming SURF Information sessions to learn how to apply and what makes an application successful!

    Information Sessions:

    • Tuesday, November 13, 4:00-5:00pm, McHugh Hall 108
    • Wednesday, November 14, 4:00-5:00pm, McHugh Hall 201
    • Thursday, November 29, 4:00-5:00pm, McHugh Hall 206

    Note: The SURF application will open in early December. The application deadline is February 4, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Additional information on the SURF Award program can be found at

    For more information, contact: Jodi Eskin at

UCS Spring 2019 Schedule

Below is the UCS Spring 2019 course schedule. Please remember that course information may periodically change. We will update the schedule on the website and/or send out emails when significant changes occur. If you have not already made an appointment to meet with your UCS advisor, please do so as soon as possible since some classes have limited seats.

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If you are interested in taking a course in Hartford or Storrs, please be aware that CT Transit has an express bus route no. 913 available to students. Below are links to UConn’s Transit Pass and CT Transit’s Route 913 Schedule:

UConn U-Pass

Route 913 CT Transit Express – Downtown Hartford to Storrs Schedule (8/2018)


10/4 – Engaging Stakeholders in the I-84 HTFD Project… HTFD Event

Please join us for a presentation and discussion regarding I-84’s Hartford project planning process. Planners, Marcy Miller and Mike Morehouse, from Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc., one of the Hartford firms leading the redesign of I-84 through the city will lead the discussion.

Urban Semester Program 50 Years Strong – Daily Campus Article

This year mark’s the 50th anniversary of the Urban Semester Program.

To download the article visit the Daily Campus website.