University at Albany Community Engagement

University at Albany Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at the University at Albany

Community and Public Service Program (CPSP)

The Community and Public Service Program is a campus-wide program administered by the School of Social Welfare that exemplifies University at Albany’s commitment to public engagement. The program helps build the capacity of the region’s non-profit and public sectors through three courses offering undergraduates from all majors’ meaningful service experiences of 60 or 100 hours per semester. In 2012/13, over 700 students assisted 140 community and public organizations, completing a total of almost 61,000 hours. Students often serve the most vulnerable in many high needs areas of Albany and the region. Their activities span efforts to alleviate the effects of poverty, help youth succeed in and outside of the classroom, address social justice and other public issues/needs and assist in health-care facilities. A hub for student-community connections, the program ‚Äčassists many student-led organizations in developing sustained partnerships with local community organizations. Since 1970, CPSP has helped students grow into engaged citizens, test their career interests, and improve the lives of others.

Campus Contact: Miriam Trementozzi,

Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities (CEMHD)

The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities builds community-based partnerships to identify community health concerns and sources of disparities in New York’s smaller cities and towns. For 10 years CEMHD has been engaging communities in planning, implementing and testing strategies to address such disparities. Work is interdisciplinary and includes UAlbany’s College of Arts and Sciences and other schools.

The Albany Promise (TAP)

The Albany Promise is a cross-sector, cradle-to-career partnership through which hundreds of community leaders have developed a shared vision for improving the educational outcomes for students in the City of Albany. Through collaborative action, data-driven decision making, and continuous improvement, the partnership is headed towards large-scale collective impact. UAlbany’s president is a co-convener of the partnership alongside the City School District of Albany superintendent, the SUNY chancellor and a community leader. The Albany Promise is part of the SUNY New York State Cradle to Career Alliance - the first statewide network in the nation.

Campus contact: Sheri Stevens, Interim Director, (518) 442-5683,

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