Advancing Community Development

Advancing Community Development (ACD) is a two-semester, 6-credit opportunity to learn about community-based research, non-profit management, and the role of anchor institutions and their resources in communities. The program, offered through a partnership of Rutgers Collaborative Center, Johnson & Johnson, and community organizations, focuses on health-related issues in New Brunswick.

  • ACD begins in the fall semester with an on-campus, 3-credit course co-taught by Rutgers faculty and Johnson & Johnson community health professionals. This is an opportunity to learn directly from leaders in the community, government, and health. Coursework includes 10 hours of service with local organizations to familiarize students with health-related issues in New Brunswick.  

  • In the spring semester, students work with a community organization 6-8 hours per week to design and implement a project while being mentored by a Johnson & Johnson expert in the project area and attending a Collaborative Center course. The 3-credit course culminates with an opportunity for students to present their projects. 

Health-related and capacity-building projects have included:

  • Developing a communications strategy by partnering with Feeding Middlesex County (FMC), Rutgers School of Communication and Information, and Johnson & Johnson to build the FMC website

  • A fundraising strategy that included adapting a platform and social media for FMC as well as the Café Cabaret fundraising event.

  • Research on affordability of culturally appropriate produce at the New Brunswick Community Farmer's Market. 

What do I need to do?

  • Complete the application and an interview with a Collaborative Center Program Coordinator.  Apply here You will need a permission number to register.


What are the Advancing Community Development courses?


Public Scholarship and Service Internship courses 01:090:399 and 01:830:392 total 3 credits per semester. The course sequence begins in the fall and continues through the spring for a total of 6 credits.


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