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Emily Robbins, Founding & Inaugural MetroBridge Program Manager, Stepping Down After Three Years

After three years as MetroBridge Program Manager at the Initiative on Cities (IOC), Emily Robbins is stepping down from her role at Boston University. “It has been incredibly rewarding to build a program that engages students in local government and reveals how decisions made by city leaders shape our lives and communities,” reflected Emily. “I’m […]

MetroBridge Fall 2020 Recap: Community-Driven Design Concepts to Honor the Lives Lost to COVID-19 in Revere, MA.

By Claudia Chiappa With 2020 behind us, it is now more important than ever to remember and honor everything that was lost during the coronavirus pandemic. This sentiment sparked a collaboration between MetroBridge, the City of Revere and a BU class in the College of Fine Arts. The MetroBridge program helps connect BU students, faculty, […]

Initiative on Cities Holds Inaugural Public Impact Scholars Program

The Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) held its inaugural Public Impact Scholars training program on January 19–21, 2021. The program, held virtually after a Spring 2020 postponement due to COVID-19, was developed by the IOC to support faculty interested in pursuing state and local policy impact. It provides foundational knowledge of state and urban […]

Animal City: The Domestication of America

Recap by Claudia Chiappa On Tuesday, February 9, 2021, the Boston University Initiative on Cities and the BU History Department hosted a discussion with Andrew Robichaud, Assistant Professor of History at BU, and Catherine McNeur, Associate Professor of Environmental History and Public History at Portland State University. Robichaud and McNeur discussed Robichaud’s book, Animal City: […]

2021 Summer Fellowships for BU Students

The IOC is accepting applications from BU undergraduate and graduate students for our 2021 Summer Fellowships with the Cities of Boston, MA; Chelsea, MA; and Manchester, UK. Please note, the application deadline has now closed for all programs except for the Manchester, UK Program at GMCA), which has been extended to Friday, March 5, 2021 Undergraduate […]

Coming of Age in Jim Crow DC: Navigating the Politics of Everyday Life

Held on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021. Watch a recording and read a recap below. Recap by Claudia Chiappa On February 3, 2021, the Boston University Initiative on Cities (IOC) kicked off its Race, Place, and Space series with a discussion featuring Assistant Professor of History and African American Studies Paula Austin. Austin discussed her book Coming […]

MetroBridge Program Connects BU Students, Faculty & Local Governments in Fall 2020 Projects

By Claudia Chiappa In the fall 2020 semester, MetroBridge continued to benefit students at Boston University and local governments despite disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. MetroBridge is an Initiative on Cities program that connects students and local communities by embedding real-world projects for local governments into courses across Boston University, giving students a valuable […]