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College kicks off 'UR Here'

Connecting students to Rochester as both citizens and learners is the goal of the College's "UR Here" initiative, which will be officially launched at the "Critical Issues in Leadership: Urban Education" conference on January 17.

UR Here is a model for community leadership that has been developing over the past six years. It combines existing civic engagement and service learning models and draws on the strengths of the unique Rochester Curriculum to provide undergraduates with opportunities to gain leadership skills and experience in the community while pursuing their academic and extracurricular interests.

"The University of Rochester is the only university within the city's limits," says Dean of the College William Scott Green, "so the City of Rochester is a natural part of our students' education. College learning does not stop at the classroom door. We want to encourage and enable Rochester students to become civic-minded so they can help give shape to the community in which we all learn and live. Since over half our students come from outside of New York State, they can approach living and learning here with fresh eyes and interests."

At Rochester's new Community Leadership Center, students can find volunteer placements in the community, apply for the Urban Fellows or Civic Engagement program, engage in discussion with community leaders, and start community service programs of their own. The Community Leadership Center is coordinated with Leadership Rochester, a regional community service program housed at the University.

"We believe that UR Here is unique and one of the more comprehensive models of community leadership programs for undergraduates in the nation," says College Dean of Students Jody Asbury. "Designed by students, faculty, and members of the Rochester community, it is a 'win-win' in every sense."



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