Community-Based Initiatives

These community-based initiatives—most of which are Boston-based—offer opportunities for research and civic engagement.

Boston Research Center

A digital community history and archives lab focused on bringing Boston’s deep neighborhood and community histories to light through technology.

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Center for Community Health Education, Research and Service (CCHERS)

Improving health professions education and healthcare delivery to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health.

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Center of Community Service (CCS)

Connecting community assets with university resources to strengthen collaboration and create a more just world.

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Civic Engagement Program (CEP)

Students working with a variety of organizations to meet local and global needs.

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Dukakis Center on Urban and Regional Policy

Working with policy-makers and communities to implement strategies that improve the quality of life and social justice for all people.

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Lower Roxbury Black History Project

A collection of oral histories and artifacts documenting the Lower Roxbury community’s rich cultural history, and includes the stories of more than 40 residents and includes audio, video, edited and unedited transcripts, and photographs.

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Neighborhood Outreach – Boston Public Schools (BPS)

Outreach projects to encourage college attendance among the diverse student population in Boston Public Schools.

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Northeastern Crossing

Oversees programs designed to build community and foster collaborative networks between individuals from the on-campus and off-campus communities.

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Delivering legal services and information to underserved communities.

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Procurement Supplier Diversity and Local Program

Promotes engagement with woman- and minority-owned businesses and local suppliers.

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Youth Development Initiative Project (YDIP)

Working with Boston neighbors to increase the number of students from underserved communities entering college.

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