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2015 – 2016

Economic Community Engagement Cultural & Educational

Dear friends of UMass Dartmouth,

Strong institutions have a clear sense of mission and deep roots in their communities. UMass Dartmouth excels on both fronts. UMass Dartmouth distinguishes itself as an intellectually ambitious public research university, dedicated to engaged learning and innovative research. We are a powerful catalyst for economic, social and cultural transformation regionally, nationally, and globally. We are a teaching institution where research contributes to the primary mission of education and drives discoveries and innovations that benefit the greater good. Our historic roots in the SouthCoast region have launched thousands of people from this area into careers that have transformed their lives and made the world a better place. This community benefit report is a snapshot of how, during one year, July 2015 to June 2016, UMass Dartmouth has benefited its

neighbors and its community. From this sample, you can gain a sense of our broad impact in a variety of arenas – economic, community service, educational, and cultural. As you will see, UMass Dartmouth is living its values, embracing its mission, and contributing in ways – and to a magnitude – that might surprise you. We are proud of our history and optimistic about our future. I think you will be as well. Warmest regards,

Peyton R. Helm Chancellor


$466 million the amount UMass Dartmouth generates annually in statewide economic impact ROI for Massachusetts $7 of economic activity for every $1 of state investment.

These economic impact numbers are based on UMass Donahue Report for FY2015

2,255 # of external jobs

1,329 # of UMassD faculty and staff whose salaries circulate throughout the economy

created or supported by UMassD spending

$26.7 million in research funding for UMassD, and $629 million for the whole UMass system

9,111 # of enrolled students spending money in the local economy

$48 million on UMassD construction projects generating 264 jobs.


tech venture companies are being incubated at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in Fall River

UMassD propels innovation • Faculty at the UMass Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) received more than $6,332,469 in funding to study an array of compelling issues: fish stock assessment, cod spawning, scallops, the protection of coastal watershed areas, the effects of climate change, underwater vehicle technology and ocean data collection, to name some key areas. • UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering researchers are developing a radical new foam padding that absorbs energy from blunt force and reduces the risk of trauma to prevent brain injuries. This product is being produced through a new company, Corsair Innovations. UMass Dartmouth Bioengineering professors Yong Kim and Armand Lewis as well as Mechanical Engineering Professor Vijaya B. Chalivendra are working on the project.

• Professor Walaa Mogawer received $550,000 from Mass DOT to evaluate the performance of a New England asphalt mixture, which may ultimately result in better roads for Massachusetts.

• The SouthCoast Development Partnership is a collaboration of public and private leaders and the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth that convenes civic, business, and education leaders to develop a consensus regional economic agenda. • The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) in Fall River, BCube Analytics, located at the CIE, and Batoi Systems Pvt Ltd headquartered in India, have established a new partnership to bring innovative educational, research, and product prototyping capabilities to organizations in India while also generating revenue to support the CIE’s regional business incubation efforts.

• Creative Economy Initiatives Awards: UMass System grants support faculty initiatives in the arts, humanities, and social sciences: • Professor Rachel Kulick won an award for “UMass Dartmouth Grows South Coast Permaculture Incubator for Food Justice.” The funds will help revitalize an on-campus garden to help meet the food needs of students on campus and disenfranchised local communities. • Professors Pamela Karimi and Michael Swartz received a grant to support an initiative “Black Spaces Matter: Exploring the Aesthetics and Architectonics of an Abolitionist Neighborhood” to research New Bedford history and educate the community.

“This institution has transformed me into a public service leader.”


Mass Dartmouth’s commitment to community engagement and service helped ignite Endeavor Scholar Jacob Miller’s passion for public service. “This institution has transformed me into a public service leader,” said Jacob. In the SouthCoast community, Jacob played an integral role in the restoration of New Bedford’s Tonnessen Square Park, establishment of the New Bedford Seaport Cultural District, development of a service-learning curriculum for the Dartmouth Public School system, and creation of a new student meal plan that includes three downtown New Bedford eateries. Jacob’s impact has also been felt statewide in championing the passage of healthcare legislation that made it easier for students to keep their less-expensive plans under the state’s Health Connector–an effort he undertook while serving as an intern for State Senator Mark C. Montigny, Assistant Majority Leader. “Jacob’s excellence in academic and community involvement exemplifies everything our society needs in its future leaders,” said Senator Montigny.

Jacob Miller ’16

Truman Scholarship Recipient, 2015 Marshall Scholarship Recipient, 2016



$5 million

total service hours completed

the value of service provided

6,333 24,752 hours were completed during the America Reads & Counts program


# of students who took part in service-learning opportunities


81% of Class of 2016 graduated with at least one service-learning experience


total service hours from the Law School

faculty members are Service Learning Fellows

of students agreed that service learning helped them see other’s perspectives and it challenged them to apply skills gained to real-world problems.

789 community service volunteers 296 UMass Dartmouth students volunteered for youth programming



• Theatre performances • Jazz session series • Afternoon concert series

teachers enrolled in

• Student recitals

UMassD’s initial and

• Distinguished authors and speakers


• International film series

licensure programs

• AHA! Nights, supported by CVPA


teachers from across the country participate in a free, 2-week summer workshop discussing the intersection of the Underground Railroad, and the whaling and maritime trades based in New Bedford, MA.


seventh grade students from Fall River and New Bedford participated in CONNECT Gateway Cities College Tours

Jane Goodall on campus with significant participation by local school children

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exhibits at Star Store and the Campus Gallery by highly regarded artists and CVPA students

high school students in Spotlight, a college pathway program


local middle and high school math and science teachers, who impact 3,000 students, are benefiting from an NSF Teach! Grant awarded to UMassD that focuses on improving teaching practices

The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives The Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives was officially dedicated at UMass Dartmouth in 2009, and today, it houses the largest collection of historical material documenting the experience of Portuguese immigrants and their descendants in the U.S. This auspicious collection began in 1975 when a comprehensive set of the Diario de Noticias, a Portuguese-language newspaper published in New Bedford, was donated to UMassD. As the collection grew through the years, the idea for an archive dedicated specifically to the Portuguese-American experience took hold. A lead gift from Otilia Ferreira provided her with the naming rights for the Archive. She chose to honor her father, Affonso Gil Mendes Ferreira, who entertained and informed the Portuguese communities in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode

Island for 58 years. The dedicated archive facility opened in the Claire T. Carney Library in 2009. Among the holdings in the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives are genealogical records, newspapers, books, radio recordings and oral histories, artifacts, family photographs, scrapbooks, business records and correspondence that document social history, illustrating the collective experience of immigration, settlement and life in the United States. The primary goal of the Archives is to make these rich and growing resources easily accessible to anyone interested in Portuguese-American history and culture. It holds an important place in the University’s contributions to the region.

THE GIFTS OF TIME & TALENT UMass Dartmouth’s faculty and staff serve on boards and organizations throughout the region. Here is a sample list of where they contribute their time and talents.


Massachusetts Music Education Association

Associated Industries of Massachusetts

Mayor’s special tasks for education–Fall River

Association of Clean Tech Incubators New England

Narrows Center for the Arts

Battleship Cove

Nativity Preparatory School for Boys

Boys and Girls Club of Fall River

New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks

Bristol County Bar Association

New Bedford Bar Association

Buttonwood Park Zoo

New Bedford Economic Development Council

Buzzards Bay Coalition

New Bedford Musical Theatre

Child and Family Services–New Bedford

New Bedford Prince Henry Society

Children’s Advocacy Center of Bristol County

New Bedford Public Schools

Children’s Museum of Fall River

New Bedford Seaport ArtWalk

Community Foundation of SE Massachusetts

New Bedford Seaport Cultural District

Dartmouth Chief of Police Advisory Council

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Dennison Memorial Community

New Directions, Inc. (Career Center)

Foundation–New Bedford

New England Fisheries Management Council

Entrepreneurship for All

People Incorporated

Fall River Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Regeneration Committee

Fall River Office of Economic Development

Renaissance and J.A. Parker School Community Partnership

Fall River Prince Henry Society

Renaissance School

Fall River Public Schools

Rotary Club of Fall River

Fall River School Community Partnership

Schwartz Center

Friends Academy

SE Regional Planning Economic Development District

Global Awareness Education and Action Summit

SouthCoast Women’s Breakfast Club

(Coastal Resilience)

SouthCoast Connected

Greater New Bedford Chamber of Commerce

SouthCoast Development Partnership

Greater New Bedford Community Health Center

Southcoast Launch

Lifestream Inc.

SouthCoast Serves

Lloyd Center for the Environment

Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum

Marine Fisheries Institute Advisory Council

Startup Weekend

Marine Museum

Task Force on Pathways for Women to a Living Wage

Massachusetts Special Commission on

Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah)

Civic Engagement and Learning

Education Department

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission

YMCA of Dartmouth

Massachusetts Art Education Association

YMCA Southcoast

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center

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UMass Dartmouth Community Impact Report  

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UMass Dartmouth Community Impact Report  

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