The MetroBridge program at the Initiative on Cities is a new approach to bridging the needs of local government with the capacities at Boston University. Every city or town has a wish list of projects to complete, but they don’t always have the time or capacity to address all of them. MetroBridge is designed to help local leaders catalyze these sidelined initiatives by connecting them with the knowledge capital of our faculty and the mental sweat equity of our students who crave a real-world connection to their academic work.
How MetroBridge Works
Each year, MetroBridge will partner with a city or town in the New England region to co-create a set of projects for Boston University students to undertake within the context of their coursework. Whether it’s an issue related to land use, public health, civic engagement, housing, historic preservation, sustainability, economic development, disaster mitigation, city branding, tourism, racial equity, or gentrification – just to name a few – we work alongside cities and towns to tackle these projects in the structured context of a university course. At the end of each semester our partner community receives a high-quality final deliverable for each project.
Apply for MetroBridge
MetroBridge is currently seeking a partner community for its pilot academic year (Sept. 2018 – May 2019). Interested cities and towns are encouraged to download our Request for Interest and contact Emily Robbins, MetroBridge Program Manager.
MetroBridge is aligned with the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC), a national model for university and community collaborations. Over 25 universities in the U.S. participate in the EPIC cohort to constantly learn, innovate, and iterate with each other on how best to connect the needs of local governments to the unique capacities of higher education institutions.