The mission of Student Bridges to increase college access and success for underrepresented students on the university campus and in our neighboring communities by building partnerships with local schools and community organizations, offering college awareness, preparation and success activities, and advocating for enhanced institutional and public policies and practices.
Student Bridges hosts courses and internships that provide UMass students with academic credit to mentor participants at partner schools and programs in surrounding communities with a vision hoping to expand even further.
Student Bridges staff 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.
Student Bridges collaborates with Success Centers and Registered Student Organizations to provide support and networks for underrepresented students enrolled at UMass Amherst.
Over the course of the last several decades, higher education has become the main symbol of and platform for upward social mobility. Within that same time period, access to higher education for underrepresented students has remained low and new barriers have been added in the form of sharp increases in the cost of attendance at colleges and universities across the country. While financial barriers have traditionally been a significant hurdle for underrepresented students, history has shown that coping with the climate of a college or university campus has been a clear source of problems facing underrepresented students once admitted to an institution of higher education. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, racially charged events such as the Mill House Incident in 1970, the racial riot after Game 7 of the 1986 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Mets known as the Southwest Incident or the racially motivated attack on a Resident Assistant... Read more