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The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a network of public urban research universities that represents every region of our country. University presidents created the Coalition to leverage the intellectual capital and economic power of urban universities, thereby improving urban life and America's competitiveness in the global economy.
USU's members partner with cities and metropolitan regions to prompt transformative investment in these urban areas to:

• Develop human capital and create a workforce ready to compete in the new economy of the 21st century,
• Revitalize neighborhoods and increase economic development, and
• Reduce health disparities and improve community health.

The Coalition's work revolves around three, key programmatic initiatives and its federal advocacy.

USU is a 501 (c) 6 membership organization, which has established a permanent partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (A۰P۰L۰U) to share a joint USU/A۰P۰L۰U Office of Urban Initiatives.