USU partnered with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to establish the USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives to jointly lead an urban agenda for the nation's public universities.

Working with national partners, USU identifies best practices and innovative models that can be developed and implemented nationally.

USU also works with partners to strengthen federal public policy for the benefit of all urban communities and metropolitan regions. USU formulates federal proposals and engages with Congress and the Administration on legislation regarding a variety of issues, including K-12 and higher education, national service, economic development, housing and urban development, environment, and health.

Our partners include:

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

American Association of State Colleges and Universities

The Anchor Institutions Taskforce

Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

The Association of American Medical Colleges

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

CEOs for Cities

Congressional Urban Caucus

The Brookings Institute

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities

Democracy Collaborative

Health Professions and Nursing Education Coalition

Living Cities


The United States Conference of Mayors

Urban Educator Corps

Urban Universities for HEALTH