Following the recent executive orders on immigration, we have seen a rise in fear and anxiety from our immigrant clients. We have stepped up efforts to provide legal guidance, testified at City Council meetings, and reaffirmed that we are a welcoming and safe space for all. continue
After the inauguration, I promised to keep you updated on how changes in federal policy will impact our participants. Last week, a bombshell dropped when Congress released its draft of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Also, the administration released its draft budget. Taken together, these two developments in their present forms would have devastating consequences for our clients. continue
President Trump thinks transgender rights aren't a federal matter. We disagree. continue
Together, we must lead.
With the transition to every new administration in Washington, D.C., New Yorkers are always affected by the change in leadership and direction. Our organizations hold a unique place in the civic life of our city – we have never sat back and left leadership to others. We know we must pay careful attention to changes that may come and be prepared to raise our voice and take action to ensure that those with the fewest resources and the mightiest struggles are not left behind. continue
The following blog by Karen G. Cohen, Senior Program Director for Early Learn Sites, focuses on our fight at the front lines of an issue affecting some of the city's most critical people – our educators. continue
The following blog was modified from a speech given at the New York State Joint Senate Standing Committees on Social Services and Children and Families on September 17, 2015. The speech was given by Associate Executive Director Nina Piros on the challenges facing social service providers and the need for reform that keeps the success of the whole family in mind: continue
In the wake of the tragic, violent death of a 20-year-old University Settlement program participant, neighbor and friend, everything we do simultaneously comes to a full stop, and flows forward with intentional force. continue
On the heels of New York City's mayoral election, Chief Executive Officer Michael H. Zisser offers insight into some of the new mayor's most important decisions... continue
Misplaced priorities? See what long-time supporter, friend and University Settlement Board member Steve Schall thinks about Congress' latest budgetary move, and what it means for our children and families. continue
At University Settlement we know that in order to have an effective literacy program, you need to provide more than just English language skills - you must impart the tools needed to build a solid foundation for success. continue
As of January 1, 2013, University Settlement has operated under a new and expanded executive structure. We are excited to announce that longtime Settlement employee and former Director of Community Development, Melissa Aase, has assumed the responsibility of Executive Director alongside CEO Michael Zisser. This is the first time in our history that the two roles have been held separately. Get to know Melissa and her work at University Settlement through this insightful interview! continue
Take Action and Step Up TODAY!
You might have noticed the start of advocacy season with an influx of emails, posts and tweets urging you to contact your local representatives on behalf of the many vital services provided by organizations like University Settlement. Making a phone call, sending an email or signing a petition might seem like a small contribution for a cause worthy of a lot of time – but that action goes a long way when combined with the effort of others. continue