Community Outreach


Urban Semester Program

Yes, college is about going to class, getting good grades and graduating on time. But it's more than that!  It's a time to become the person you want to be professionally and personally.  Take your education to the next level and experience life and learning in a distinct format and environment.  Be Real!


The Urban Semester Program is a collaboration between Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.  Students live together at the Archwood House, a BW-owned facility in Cleveland's Brooklyn Centre neighborhood.  Urban studies and related courses are taught on site.  Students gain practical experience in an internship dealing with urban and community issues.  Students also have numerous opportunities to participate in community and cultural activities throughout Greater Cleveland.


  • CONNECT with other BW students, professionals and community members.
  • LIVE in community at BW's Archwood House.
  • DISCOVER your professional and personal passion.
  • DEVELOP professional skills through a community-based internship.
  • EXPLORE the vibrant arts and cultural communities in Northeast Ohio.

: the mission of the Urban Semester Program is to develop in the participating students a multidisciplinary understanding of urban issues and diversity.  The program integrates academic scholarship with an urban living and working experience.


  • Students will gain a multidisciplinary understanding of urban issues.
  • Students will engage in civic and community activities.
  • Students will learn about and interact with people of diverse backgrounds and cultural perspectives.
  • Students will complete assignments that integrate their academic and experiential learning.

Courses include Multicultural Psychology, Urban Politics, Community Health, and Community Engagement.  Participants also have an internship at a community-based organization and a practicum seminar.  Students earn 18 credit hours.


Participants live together in the Archwood House, sharing bedrooms, living room and dining room facilities.  Responsibility for cooking and cleaning is shared by household members.  A Graduate Assistant lives on site and is responsible for guiding the group in setting community standards and enforcing BW's policies.  The Archwood House is a substance-free environment.

For additional information contact:

Academic Director: Dr. Deb Esty, Psychology —, ext. 2049
Administrative Director:    Christy Burke Walkuski, Director of Community Outreach - ext. 2301 

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