A Metropolitan University and Community Development

  • Melvyn Colon University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Marie Kennedy University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Michael Stone University of Massachusetts-Boston
Keywords: Higher Education, Community Development


The Community Planning Center, College of Public and Community Service of the University of Massachusetts at Boston, uses community-oriented teaching to advance community development. The center defines community development broadly to include empowerment of people as well as improvement of material conditions in poor communities. Community projects directly involve groups of students In providing technical assistance and research to community groups and offer students the educational opportunity of grappling directly with the complex issues of community development.