Engaging Students and Connecting Communities



Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service is devoted to advancing academically supported service-learning and long-term community partnerships. Collaborative Center courses and programs connect more than 400 students each year to community partners in New Brunswick and beyond through in-depth placements and projects involving policy research, access to education, health, language, and the arts, to name a few.

Collaborative Center support for faculty and staff who would like to be involved in community-engaged teaching and research, or currently involved, includes:

  • Public scholarship and service recitations that provide a structure to integrate a community-based component into any department.

  • Guidance for community-engaged course development and research partnerships.

  • Opportunities for mutually beneficial research, partnerships, and student placements. View an example here.

  • RU-CARES and conferences that offer opportunities for engagement with community and government leaders, students, and professionals.

Our support extends to student orientations to community service, mentoring by experienced service-learning practitioners, and annual celebration and awards recognizing student achievement.

We will gladly present to your department, meet with you individually, or familiarize you and your students with the New Brunswick community. Email Amy Michael, Associate Director, amymic@odi.rutgers.edu.

Faculty exploring or committed to community-engaged teaching and research receive consultative and academic support from Rutgers Collaborative Center. 


We facilitate opportunities for research partnerships and student placements, support community-based course development and best practices for community-university research partnerships as well as organize professional development events. 


Rutgers Collaborative Center

640 Bartholomew Road

Busch Campus

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

United States

T (848) 932 8660

F (732) 445 4231

E civic@odi.rutgers.edu

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