Urban Semester: Learning Through Service

May 2, 2012 by  
Filed under Faculty News, Headlines

Throughout this semester, one of UConn senior Cassandra Delone’s “classrooms” has been the bustling office of the Urban League of Greater Hartford, where she’s part of a team helping city residents navigate complex financial and housing issues.

Louise Simmons

Louise Simmons, Professor and Director of the Urban Semester Program

For junior Jaclyn Dougan, her “classrooms” include a Hartford nonprofit agency where she helps guide young children past traumatic experiences through a program of therapeutic and educational activities.

And for sophomore Tekowa Omara-Otunnu, her “class work” includes tutoring recent immigrants and refugees, and helping tend one of the Hartford Food System’s urban gardens to ensure fresh, nutritious produce for city dwellers.

These students are among several participating this spring in UConn’s Urban Semester program, which was launched more than 40 years ago to combine hands-on education in various fields with community outreach and service to Connecticut’s capital city.

Read the complete article at UConn Today.

Learn more about the Urban Semester Program.

View Dr. Louise Simmons’ Faculty Profile.

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