Outreach at UMass Dartmouth

collage of our outreach efforts

UMass Dartmouth is a powerful catalyst for economic, social, and cultural development in our region and throughout the Commonwealth.

The university invests millions of dollars in programs and facilities and thousands of volunteer hours in our surrounding communities. The university's $20 million research enterprise is focused on issues that are critical to the future of the region, such as

  • marine science
  • biotechnology
  • public policy
  • math education
  • cultures and communities

Building the economy

Office of Economic Development

The office links university knowledge and talent to regional job creation efforts.

SouthCoast Development Partnership

The UMass Dartmouth-managed SouthCoast Development Partnership is a regional collaborative to assist businesses looking to expand or relocate in the region.

Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (formerly ATMC)

This state-of-the-art facility, located in Fall River, connects university research and expertise to industry in order to create new jobs and new companies throughout the region.

Serving the community

Campus sustainability & residential intiatives

The Office of Campus Sustainability & Residential Initiatives serves as a catalyst for action, on campus and in the community, to create a sustainable future.

Civic engagement and community service

Through service learning projects, UMass Dartmouth students contribute thousands of hours of service to the surrounding community.

National recognition for service

UMass Dartmouth has received President's Higher Education Community Service honor, for its support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

University centers

The university's centers focus on a variety of research, educational and community endeavors.

Strengthening the social/cultural fabric

Downtown New Bedford arts campus

This state-of-the-art facility has enlivened the Whaling City arts community and encouraged the redevelopment of other downtown buildings. It is home to hundreds of artists' studios—offering views of the New Bedford Historical National Park and the Atlantic Ocean—and the University Art Gallery.

Freedom Festival

The university, in collaboration with Bristol County Savings Bank, hosts an annual family-friendly fireworks display and concert that attracts 20,000 people to the campus.

SHARE Foundation

SHARE, the Society for Human Advancement through Rehabilitation Engineering, is a non-profit foundation that provides custom-designed assistive computer technology to people with disabilities.

Supporting the K-20 pipeline

SouthCoast Education Compact

Created to improve the educational attainment level in the SouthCoast region, the UMass Dartmouth-managed Compact is an education partnership of business leaders, area school superintendents, UMass Dartmouth, and Bristol Community College.

Center for University, School and Community Partnerships

CUSP provides high-quality professional learning experiences for beginning and experienced K-12 teachers to strengthen their content knowledge, broaden their teaching practices and curricula, and build leadership skills necessary to improve schools and student achievement.

College Now/START

College Now and START are alternative admissions programs for students who need a non-traditional route to college.

Upward Bound

A college preparatory program for disadvantaged students attending New Bedford High School, Westport High School, and Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School.