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About Project Horizon

The University of Hartford’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions Department
of Nursing’s Project Horizon is a vehicle by which students participate in service learning
experiences, primarily in, but not limited to, the urban Hartford community. Through two nursing
courses NUR 434 Community Service Learning I and NUR 444 Community Service Learning II
faculty create the milieu for the student experiences and maintain relationships with 22 partner
sites in Greater Hartford. The sites include transitional living centers, homeless shelters, soup
kitchens, neighborhood centers, senior centers, boys and girls clubs and urban schools. Project
Horizon aims to create a democratic forum for community exchange and partnerships, to foster
understanding among groups with different racial, ethnic, cultural and class backgrounds and to
create community-driven health care initiatives that seek to reduce ethnic and racial health
disparities. Members of the university community outside of nursing are welcome to participate in
Project Horizon and to grow in understanding of critical health issues. Students in art, music,
sociology and technology have partnered with nursing to implement programs together.

The baccalaureate program in the Department of Nursing for registered nurses completing the
bachelor of science in nursing is designed to challenge students to explore new ideas and to
consider new beliefs and behavior. The curriculum is planned to take the student in small
increments to a place where they can: 1. become advocates for health care change and civic
engagement, 2. grow in their understanding of the negative effects of racial and ethnic health
disparities and, 3. create together with the community innovative health and wellness advocacy
programs. The curriculum supports the transformation of ideas. Faculty background in nursing
and the social sciences helps provide the conceptual tools to develop a curriculum where
students are asked to challenge themselves to address complex health and social issues.

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