LIRA is an academic program designed by its own members to suit their interests. Emphasis is on the collaborative and active member participation, with more than classes and social activities – LIRA links its members to a community beyond the classroom and offers a new world of opportunities.
LIRA was founded in 1988 by Mark Levine, director of Community Services at UMass Lowell at the time. The program has received continued support from the university’s Office of Community Relations, which provides space and administrative and office support. More than 240 similar associations exist on college campuses across the nation, representing more than 62,000 individual members.
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