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180 Days in Springfield

180 Days in Springfield, now in its second decade, is a program for beginning teachers interested in teaching in urban settings. It consists of graduate coursework combined with a yearlong teaching assignment in Springfield Public Schools. As a part of their coursework, master’s students create service-learning projects that provide opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in programs ranging from school tutoring to sports clubs, school and community beautification projects and arts-related activities.

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Advanced Practicum in School Psychology

This Advanced Practicum in School Psychology is centered around engaging with school communities and is the work of the School Outreach Team at the UMass Psychological Services Center. School Psychology doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in both a didactic seminar and as consultants in schools to help schools/districts develop and implement systems of positive behavioral support and data-based decision-making. To date, students have worked in over 20 schools in Western MA in districts such as Amherst, Holyoke, Westfield, Mohawk Trail, Southern Berkshire, etc.

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Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice

The Advancing Diversity in Research and Practice program promotes education and experiences to undergraduate students to benefit them for future careers in psychology. The program promotes diversity in the field of psychology and is designed for undergraduates who identify as a member of a diverse group or have a strong interest in research of diverse populations. Over the course of two semesters, students are engaged in a research assistantship or internship, and a seminar held at UMass Amherst.

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Agricultural Learning Center

In 2013, UMass started the Agricultural Learning Center (“ALC”) as a hands-on living “classroom” or field laboratory for undergraduates, graduate students and residents of Massachusetts to pursue active learning about all forms of agriculture. The ALC will provide experiential learning opportunities in a wide variety of farming, horticultural, nursery and landscape industries. With small areas devoted to livestock, fruits, vegetables, turf, and landscape crops, the ALC will offer a broad array of agricultural topics to both UMass students and the general public.

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Archaeology, Heritage, and Conservation in Akko, Israel

This project combines excavation, conservation, heritage studies, and community engagement at the site of Akko, Israel, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The project is a run by faculty from Penn State, UMass Amherst, Trinity College, and the University of Haifa. Students learn archaeological excavation and survey methods on the remains of a site that has been inhabited for more than 5000 years. They experience the role played by the distant past in today's political and cultural discourses, and work with stakeholders from communities in Akko to determine the future of the past at the site.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Athletes as Mentors

In this service learning course, UMass athletes mentor youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and Girls Inc. The athletes help the boys and girls with their homework, play games and sports with them, and talk to them about the importance of higher education. The youth also come to UMass for campus tours.

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Catering & Banquet Management

For their final project, students cater a banquet benefiting a local organization. For example, in Spring 2013, students are working with local farms to organize a fundraiser for the Western Massachusetts Food Bank, where food served on pottery donated by local artists will be auctioned at the fundraiser. Previous projects have included catering the annual UMass Freedom Seder.

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