Category: MetroBridge

Meet Joseph Harris, Metrobridge’s New Faculty Director

We are happy to announce Associate Professor of Sociology Joseph Harris will be joining the Initiative on Cities (IOC) as the MetroBridge Faculty Director. His research is situated at the interstices of sociology, political science, and public health and explores the politics of global health. He holds the 2017 Gitner Award for Distinguished Teaching, the […]

Bridge Builders Faculty Fellows Program

The Initiative on Cities’ MetroBridge Program and the Center for Teaching & Learning launched the Bridge Builders Faculty Fellows program in 2022 focused on advancing experiential learning at Boston University. Learn more here. “Bridge Builders” is a faculty learning community where faculty: Engage with and learn from other faculty interested in project-based learning Share experiences, […]

Historical Research and Development of Six Walking Tours in Chelsea

By Amelia Murray-Cooper In Professor Bruce J. Schulman’s History of Boston: Community and Conflict (CAS HI 190) course, students developed six historic walking tours for the City of Chelsea that covered a broad range of topics, including Post-1965 Immigration, Business and Industry, Public Transit, The Fires of 1908 and 1973, Urban Renewal, and Food History. […]

Best Practices Research on Health Equity Initiatives in Worcester

By Amelia Murray-Cooper Lecturer Kaytlin Eldred collaborated with the MetroBridge Program in her spring 2022 course Cultural Humility, Racial Justice, and Health in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (SAR HS 349). Undergraduate students supported the Coalition for a Healthy Greater Worcester by performing research and providing recommendations for how to improve the […]

Analysis of Parking Programs and Policies in Providence

By Amelia Murray-Cooper In Associate Professor and MetroBridge Faculty Director David Glick’s 2022 Local Policy Analysis Lab course undergraduate students performed an analysis of Providence’s residential parking permit program and researched how other cities’ policies and programs compare. They explored inequities in car ownership and usage, community participation in overnight parking programs, incentives to reduce […]

Spring 2022 Recap: MetroBridge Connects Local Governments and Community Organizations With BU Students and Faculty

By Amelia Murray-Cooper During the spring 2022 semester, students at Boston University partnered with local governments and community-based organizations through the MetroBridge Program to address real-world urban challenges. MetroBridge is the Initiative on Cities’ experiential learning program that enables students to meet the distinct needs of local partners through research on topics like racial equity, […]

MetroBridge Program Awarded Two-Year Grant by Davis Educational Foundation

The Initiative on Cities’ MetroBridge experiential learning program has been awarded a two-year grant for $25,000 from the Davis Educational Foundation to support urban, place-based experiential learning at Boston University. The Davis Educational Foundation was established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’ retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc. MetroBridge is a university-wide […]

Researching Best Practices to Enhance Equitable Public Participation in Alignment with Framingham’s Racial Equity Vision

By Amelia Murray-Cooper Increasing community and civic engagement are key goals outlined in the City of Framingham’s Racial Equity Vision. During fall 2021, Associate Professor Katherine Levine Einstein led a course on Inequality and American Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences, in which students researched methods of enhancing equitable public participation in Framingham. […]

Proposing Solutions to Homelessness in Downtown Framingham

By Amelia Murray-Cooper Boston University students supported the City of Framingham in determining how to best assist individuals who are chronically homeless in the City’s downtown area. During the fall 2021 semester, Lecturer Kaytlin Eldred taught an undergraduate course on Cultural Humility, Racial Justice, and Health in the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. […]