The mission of Student Bridges is to increase college access and success for underrepresented students 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.
In order to meet this mission, Student Bridges has four integrated components:
1. College Preparatory Academic Tutoring-Mentoring:
Student Bridges hosts courses and internships that provide UMass students with academic credit to tutor-mentor participants at partner schools and programs in Holyoke, MA and Springfield, MA.
2. 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.
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 under-represented students (including low-income students, first-generation students, and students of color). For more information about this component, visit the “Advocacy” section of our site.
Student Bridges collaborates with Success Centers and Registered Student Organizations such as Freshman Achieving More for Undergraduate Success (FAMUS) to provide support and networks for underrepresented students enrolled at UMass.