Be part of a culture of compassion and respect.
The Boltwood Project is a student-run civic engagement and leadership program designed to provide enrichment, recreation, and socialization for adults and children who are intellectually or physically challenged. The project offers a 2-credit seminar for students who are part of the teams that organize weekly enrichment activities. In addition, a 4-credit leadership course is available for students who have completed exceptional service work in the seminar. Through seminar and classroom activities, and through the weekly sessions at a variety of service provider sites, students learn how to be friends and allies with people with disabilities. Boltwood Project participants develop strategies to oppose ableism through a deepened understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and complex lives of people with disabilities.
Boltwood has been part of UMass for over 50 years and is the largest and longest continuously running, community engagement program at UMass Amherst.
- Define service-learning and reflect on how Boltwood fits in to the continuum of civically engaged education.
- Learn about current disability rights advocacy on local, state, national, and international levels and develop an understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and complex lives of people with disabilities.
- Reflect on the engagement opportunity in ways which deepen one’s understanding of themselves, others, social identities, societal structures, and the student’s potential as an agent of social change.