The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement promotes diversity and inclusion among all constituents of the College and connects and promotes the college's resources to our neighbors through partnerships as well as events, programming, and various learning opportunities.
Candaras Davison Center for Inclusion
Through a partnership with the Center for Human Development, the center fills a void in the community by offering much-needed services to an underserved population. At the center, deaf individuals with intellectual disabilities will engage in services, socialization, employment, recreation, and leisure activities.
Block Party on the Hill
Since 2004, Springfield College has hosted the Block Party on the Hill, partnering with Old Hill and Upper Hill Neighborhood Councils, and Wayfinders in hosting this event. More than 1,000 neighbors attend the celebration, which was moved to William N. DeBerry Elementary School in 2016. Individuals are treated to food, music, dancing, face-painting and summertime fun! Information about housing, health, education, and community services are distributed by vendors at our resource fair.
Summer Youth Employment Program
Through the Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement, the Summer Youth Employment Program provides Springfield youth, between the ages of 16 through 18, with 20 hours per week of summer employment and vocational experience on campus. Participants work primarily in facilities and grounds, and develop workplace skills and competencies while working side by side with positive student and adult role models and enjoying the beautiful campus environment.
Springfield College has collaborated with New England Business Associates to introduce the first cohort of interns participating in the community’s Project SEARCH program. The cohort was introduced on the campus in August 2018. Springfield College is the first college or university in Western Mass. to lead the Project SEARCH program.
Programs for Youth in the Community
The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement participates in and hosts several programs that benefit youth in the Springfield community and beyond. For the second year, Springfield College hosted the Girls on the Run of Western Massachusetts 5k Celebration. Over winter break, we invited students from nearby elementary schools to a collegiate basketball game, and in spring we hosted the Record Breakers Basketball Clinic for middle school girls interested in basketball as part of our Sports and Social Justice Symposium. We also teamed up with MLB PLAY BALL to host an event for local youth.