Rutgers – Newark is one of three campus of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and is located in Newark, NJ. Rutgers University was established in 1766 and the Newark Campus came into being in 1946. As a metropolitan university, Rutgers-Newark has a long tradition and commitment to community engagement. At Rutgers Newark community engagement is not distinct from, but is integral to, all other professional work: it motivates and contributes to research and scholarship, teaching and learning. Community engagement is carried out in various ways at different levels within the institution, by linking the scholarly resources of the institution to community residents and practitioners. Rutgers- Newark has been formally classified by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching as a “community engaged institution” and recognized by Washington National Magazine for its community engagement.
The Office of University-Community Partnerships was established in 2001 as engages “faculty, staff, students, and community partners through three integral units: campus information and visitor services; conference and events services and community partnerships and engagement.” Community Engagement at Rutgers-Newark spans a variety of topic areas, each with its own unique programs and projects. These areas are:
- Business and Economic Development
- Children and Families
- Days of Services
- Humanities and Creative Arts
- Law, Social Justice and Government
- Pre-College Initiatives
- Research, Scholarship and Training
- Service Learning and Volunteerism
- Technology and Natural Sciences
There are over 90 community engagement activities that fall within these categories. To learn more about the specific initiatives, please read Rutgers-Newark’s community engagement brochure.