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Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement
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Community Engagement

Engaged Citizens

In 2020, Rutgers–New Brunswick was one of only 119 institutions to receive the prestigious Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement, an endorsement given by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The designation marks the second time that Rutgers–New Brunswick was recognized for its exemplary commitment to incorporating community engagement throughout its teaching, research, and co-curricular programming, having originally received the designation in 2010.

Subsequently, in 2016, the university joined with Campus Compact and New Jersey Campus Compact to further interdisciplinary collaboration with our community partners. Currently, the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service is a member of the New Jersey Campus Compact Civic Leadership Committee that builds resources for high quality community-engaged curricula and opportunities for participation throughout the state.

Our community engagement represents a comprehensive continuum of activities that include multidisciplinary community-engaged teaching, research, and service; recognize diverse human interdependence; co-generate new knowledge through inclusive and reciprocal collaborations; promote ethical social action; and prepare students to be engaged citizens.

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Strengthening Our Community Ties

Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service

Students, faculty, and staff work with diverse populations to engage in public scholarship and build lasting civic responsibility through the center's courses and programs.

Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement

Faculty and students work in collaboration with community development actors to enhance educational opportunities, facilitate innovative research, and build community development capacity.

New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension

The cooperative extension helps the diverse population of New Jersey adapt to a rapidly changing society and improve their lives and communities through an educational process that uses science-based knowledge. 

Office of Community Affairs

The office helps local residents and organizations connect to the university's many resources by matching community needs with university expertise and service.