Office of Urban and Off-Campus Support Services (U-ACCESS)
The University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) believes that the well-being of our students is critical to their academic success and timely graduation. Recognizing and addressing the complex challenges our students face is no small task. The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs has seen the various non-academic challenges our students encounter on a daily basis, which has led to the establishment of the Office of Urban and Off-Campus Support Services, otherwise known as U-ACCESS.
U-ACCESS employs a multi-disciplinary approach to assist students who are dealing with a multitude of issues. The office collaborates with on campus units and programs as well as off campus community service providers and state agencies around the Greater Boston areas.
The ultimate goal of U-ACCESS is to support students so that they can achieve academic success without being derailed by complex non-academic issues in their lives. Hopefully, with such support, these students will successfully complete their degrees at UMass Boston, stop the cycle of poverty and educational attrition, and improve their life choices and opportunities.
Students who are experiencing:
- Temporary homelessness
- Emancipation from foster care
- Domestic violence including parental abuse
- Chronic poverty
- Chronic hunger
- Financial hardship due to the above
- Case management
- Information and resources referral
- U-ACCESS Food Pantry