Student Bridges

Increase college access and success for underrepresented students.

Student Bridges is a non-profit, student run agency that works to improve access and success for underrepresented students on the university campus and in our neighboring communities by building partnerships at UMass, with local schools and community organizations, offering college awareness, preparation and success activities, and advocating for enhanced institutional and public policies and practices. We have several goals which include:

  • Strategic and sustainable approach to community partnerships

  • Comprehensive student-support systems for student success

  • Policy in action and advocacy

  • Student staff training and professional development

  • Program assessment and evaluation

  • Dissemination 

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Yedalis Ruíz
Director, Student Bridges
(413) 545-7531


In order to meet this mission, Student Bridges has four integrated components:

Preparatory Mentoring: SB hosts courses and internships that provide UMass students with academic credit to college success mentor participants at partner schools and programs in Amherst, Holyoke and Springfield, MA with a vision hoping to expand even further.

Community Outreach and College Awareness: Student Bridges interns work with student groups, local schools, and community-based organizations to develop and implement college awareness and preparation workshops, trips to UMass, and community-based events.

Advocacy: Student Bridges works with faculty, schools, community organizations, and national and local coalitions to advocate for policies and practices that support college access and success for underrepresented and historically marginalized students. 

Retention: Student Bridges collaborates with Success Centers and Registered Student Organizations to provide support and networks for underrepresented students enrolled at UMass Amherst.