Invitation to BRIC House Block Party & ICAC’s “Spread Love” premiere this Sunday (9/10)!

The Performance Project of University Settlement invites you to the premiere of the ICAC’s “Spread Love” music video as part of BRIC House Block Party this Sunday, September 10th! Check out a preview here:

On Sunday, September 10, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop and 10 years at BRIC House, BRIC brings you a day of music, workshops, art, food, family activities, AND MORE! Featuring performances by Bizzy Banks, Kamauu, Girll Codee, BreezyLYN, and others. 

Join the ICAC at 12:45pm for the premiere of “Spread Love” ❤️

Come close out the summer with BRIC and the ICAC!

Click Here for More Information!

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ROAR Festival

Thank you for joining us at our first ROAR Festival by University Settlement event this past Saturday! Neighbors and other festival goers stopped by our booth to learn more about our free English classes, to play a word game, and walked away with a free book. If you didn’t get the chance to stop by this past weekend, don’t worry! There is still a chance to visit us every Saturday until 8/12, from 11AM to 3PM at SDR Park, on Stanton Street. Registration is open and classes start in September. Learn more about the classes we offer by visiting us on Saturday our check out our website to complete the interest form:…/adult-english…/


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🌟 The Future is Bright for Class of 2023 🎓

Our daytime and evening classes celebrated not one, but TWO graduation parties last Thursday, 6/22/2023. In the daytime, we congratulated Scott’s College and Career Readiness students in CCR-A and CCR-P classes. In the evening, we bid our fond farewells and best wishes to Sara’s Class E4 students on the bright future ahead. Enjoy these photos from the festivities from both the Daytime and Evening Parties.

Daytime Class Party

Evening Class Party

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April is Arab American Heritage Month

From actors like Rami Malek and Tony Shalhoub, musicians such as French Montana and Shakira, to politicians such as George Kaseem and James Abourezk, Arabic Americans have contributed to the fabric (1) of American history and culture. 

Arab America and the Arab America Foundation launched the National Arab American Heritage Month initiative in 2017, with just a handful (2) of states participating.

In 2022, Congress, the U.S. Department of State, and 45 state governors issued proclamations commemorating the initiative.

Check out the video below to learn more about Arab American Heritage Month, why it’s so important, and how we can all be better Americans by learning about each other’s heritage!


1. The fabric of (something) –   the basic structure of (something)

2. Just a handful- only a small amount

References: National Arab American Heritage Month – Arab America Foundation %

List of Arab and Middle Eastern Americans in the United States Congress – Wikipedia

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St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day in NYC!

Originally, St. Patrick’s Day began in Ireland as a Catholic holiday, but over the years it has grown into a festival of Irish culture. A week-long celebration of Irish music, theater, and visual arts takes place in many regions of Ireland. Family get-togethers are also important, as people sit down for a special meal. The feast of corned beef and cabbage, though, is an American tradition; in Ireland one is more likely to find bacon or a savory roast chicken on the table. 

Although the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has become a part of celebrations in Ireland these days, it’s the result of an American influence, where the tradition was created by homesick Irish immigrants. More recently, St. Patrick’s Day has become a highly marketable and promoted event in Ireland, resulting in an attractive draw for tourists visiting the country.

The NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade dates back to March 17, 1762, when it was first organized by a group of homesick Irish immigrants and Irish military in the American colonies of NYC. Participants enjoyed  the freedom to speak Irish, wear the color green- which was banned in Ireland at the time, sing native songs, and play the bagpipe.

These things gave powerful meaning to those people who fled their homeland.

Join in the fun! Come to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

The NYC Parade is held on March 17th and begins precisely at 11:00 AM. The Parade marches up Fifth Avenue beginning at East 44th Street and ending at East 79th.  

Reference: CUNY Baruch: NYCdata | Uniquely NYC (

  1. Homesick- adj the feeling of missing your home
  2. Banned-adj not allowed
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