The Boltwood Project
Info and Interview sessions happen the second week of each semester and are the ONLY way to be enrolled in the Boltwood course.
The sessions for the Spring semester are:
January 28, 29, & 30
in the Campus Center Auditroium, 6-8PM.
(note: be prompt as the session will start right at 6pm)
Required Seminar Sessions:
There are 3 Saturday seminars this Spring held in Herter Hall, room 227, with guest speakers and more information about working with people with disabilities.
For information about these sessions and other Boltwood activites contact one of the
2012-2013 Boltwood Coordinators -
What’s the Boltwood Project? The Boltwood Project, offers a student-led Service-Learning course that partners with organizations serving community members with disabilities. It has been part of UMass for 43 years and is now a program offered by UMass CESL.
Over 200 UMass students participate in The Boltwood Project each year! Over 11,000 students have been a part of this program over 4 decades!
History of The Boltwood Project
For 40 years UMass has been home to The Boltwood Project, a Service-Learning course that partners with 14 community programs for people with disabilities.
Since its inception, the project has been Directed by the now retired Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning (LARP) professor, Merle Willmann. Dr. Willmann initiated the program when he was a young professor who could often be found with students at the café on Boltwood Walk (near the current Rao’s). The first 6 participants in the program were students with whom Merle drank coffee and talked about world affairs, such as the Vietnam War and the student led events surrounding it. In honor of their café association, they named their initiative The Boltwood Project and began their service at the now closed Belchertown State Hospital.
In May 2012, Professor Willmann, long since retired from LARP, retired from directorship of The Boltwood Project. UMass CESL is proud to be taking up the mantle from Professor Willmann. Along with the 16 student leaders of this program we look forward to many more years of continued partnership between The Boltwood Project and the local community.
To enroll, you must attend one of the 3 Boltwood Project Info & Interview sessions during the second week of each semester.
This is the ONLY way to be enrolled in the Boltwood practicum course.