USU initiatives for urban America are developed and managed by the USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives offering multiple high impact projects and events. Current projects include Urban Initiatives for Health, Completion and Retention Grants, and The Transformational Planning Grant (TPG) project.

Additionally USU-members are offered first access to grant-funded projects, attendance at USU events and workshops, receive information about USU news, activities and leaders, webinars, research, publications, competitions, and public forums. A USU leadership and learning track of events is offered annually at the APLU Annual Meeting.