UMass Boston

Center for Social Development and Education
Center for Social Development & Education

An Interdisciplinary Research Institute That Enhances the Urban Land Grant University’s Mission of Teaching, Research & Service


The Center for Social Development and Education (CSDE) is a multidisciplinary research and training institute whose mission is to promote the social development of children with disabilities and increase their success in school and the community. Unique to CSDE’s mission is the value it places on translating research to practice.

For more than 40 years, CSDE’s research findings have guided the development of evidence-based instructional curricula and graduate training programs.

Operating through the center, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston welcomes children with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities to a free inclusive summer sports camp each summer.

New for 2023, Camp Shriver will be expanded with the Summer Stars program, welcoming children ages 7-8, entering the second grade, with and without behavioral, emotional, and/or learning challenges (e.g., ADHD).




Camp Shriver at UMass Boston
We've welcomed over 1000 kids, half with and without intellectual & development disabilities, 8-12, from low income Boston families. *New! Summer Stars program now serving kids with behavior problems (eg. ADHD) 


View the CSDE blog

We have dedicated this blog space to bring forward insights and ideas to the public. Blog posts are authored by individuals on our team and serve as introduction to topics like disability, SEL, school sports, as well as our research, conference presentations, and center activities.