Where in Bridgeport, or the World, Will UB?

At the University of Bridgeport, community and global engagement is inherent in both what we do and who we are. UB prides itself on being one of America’s most internationally diverse universities, providing unprecedented opportunities to graduate job candidates who can communicate and collaborate fluently in today’s global workplace. At the same time, UB’s commitment to outreach and service is deeply rooted in our mission, our history, our curriculum, and our daily lives. Together, our diverse, close-knit community of lifelong learners and educators impact the region and the world.

Consider that:

  • Annually, more than 50,000 hours of volunteer work are supplied by UB students and employees for a total annual value of more than $2 million to organizations in the State of Connecticut.
  • The UB Clinics alone service 20,000+ patient visits a year for local residents seeking cost-effective health and wellness care at our naturopathic medicine, dental hygiene, chiropractic, and acupuncture facilities.
  • In the 2014-15 academic year, MBA students representing 24 countries composed a single class, creating a global village learning environment authentically predisposed to intercultural discourse. This instills a cross-cultural communications competency in our graduates which is highly valued in today’s global workforce.
  • More than 1,400 international students (both undergraduate and graduate) walk alongside our domestic students in the hallways and walkways of the UB campus every year, organically infusing our academic community with finely tuned communication skills that cross cultures, languages, and geographical boundaries.
  • Since 2000, the College of Public and International Affairs has been preparing professionals for careers in government, the media, business, and civil society, with 4 Fulbright scholars and multilingual professors who have lived and worked overseas for a significant part of their lives among its faculty. Students also have the opportunity to study Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish among UB’s highly international student body that act as both a “living laboratory” and a “microcosm of the global world” – turning intercultural communication into an everyday reality.

Possibilities for students, faculty, administrators, staff, and alumni to engage in meaningful ways with others through UB are as diverse as:

  • Teaching Chinese at Harding High School in downtown Bridgeport
  • Partnering with FuelCell Energy to track, monitor, and evaluate an alternative and sustainable energy source on campus and beyond
  • Interning at the United Nations, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Congress, International Institute of Connecticut, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Gardenology, Chelsea Piers, Family & Children’s Agency
  • Dedicating a week of service during Alternative Spring Break in Rincon, Puerto Rico, or learning about hunger and the homeless during a “Global Gateway” service weekend at Heifer Farm in Rutland, Massachusetts
  • Embarking on study and service learning experiences in 48 countries including those in the Middle East, North Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa, and Greater Arabia regions

Opportunities to learn from and service others locally and around the world abound for members of the University of Bridgeport community. Join us in strengthening UB’s commitment to community and global responsibility – get involved today!

“A Life in Service”: Peace Corps Panel @ Carlson Hall, Room 214
Apr 3 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Join us as we hear from a panel of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers from the UB and local community about stories from their service abroad and how their service has influenced what they are doing today. Pizza will be served!

Sponsored by the College of Public and International Affairs and the UB Peace Corps Prep Program.

Dance Workshop: Caribbean Dance @ Mirror Room, Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us as we kick off International Festival Week on our first continent: North America! Come learn a few moves from the islands of the Caribbean, where music and dance have evolved with influences from Africa, Latin America, and beyond. UB’s Caribbean Service Association will host this informal workshop to share their culture with you and get you moving to the beats! All skill levels are invited – no prior dancing experience necessary!

Sponsored by the Caribbean Service Association and the International Festival Committee.

Getting to Know South America – A Foreign Language Lecture & Study Abroad Fair @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
Apr 4 @ 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm

Join us for a lecture in Spanish by UB’s own Miguel Arroyo and Brandon LaFavor. The presentation will introduce you to South America’s geography, demographics, economics and culture. There will be headphones available so students may listen to the English translation as Miguel and Brandon give their presentation in Spanish. We will also have a special guest, Ilene Tillman from Academic Programs International (API) to talk about study opportunities in South America.

Sponsored by the Education Abroad Resource Center, Academic Programs International (API), and the College of Public and International Affairs

Dance Workshop: Latin/Salsa @ Mirror Room, Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Our International Festival week now takes us to South America, which we will celebrate with this exciting event in which participants will learn some steps of Latin salsa dance from UB’s award-winning Ballroom Dancing Team! This dance style will teach you rhythm and vibrancy, and is one of the most fun styles of dance for people of all ages and skills levels to learn. Everyone is invited – no prior dancing experience necessary!

Sponsored by the Ballroom Dancing Team and the International Festival Committee.

Waist Bead Workshop @ Student Center Lobby
Apr 5 @ 12:20 pm – 11:07 pm

Wednesday of our International Festival Week celebrates the continent of Africa! Our celebration begins with this special workshop hosted by the UB African Student Association. Stop by the lobby of the Student Center for a chance to make your own set of Waist Beads, which have been worn by women in Northern and Western Africa for centuries and are steeped in tradition and ceremony. Learn more about their history and meaning, and create your own personalized set of Waist Beads that can be worn over or under your clothes!

Sponsored by the African Student Association and the International Festival Committee.