Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service is dedicated to campus-community partnership and community-engaged scholarship to advance the public good in the state of New Jersey and beyond.
RECIPROCITY. We accomplish our mission by creating and supporting structured opportunities for faculty, staff, and student engagement in community-based partnerships and public scholarship through a collaborative process that promotes civic responsibility within an orientation to social change.
DIVERSE AND MULTIDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES. Through credit-bearing, service-learning courses and research with a public purpose, community-engaged scholarship recognizes multiple ways of knowing and being that inform sustainable university and community partnerships directed toward action and educating engaged citizens.
PUBLIC SCHOLARSHIP. The Collaborative Center is a space where scholarly and creative work are planned and carried out by community partners, faculty, staff, and students. Current projects address public health and food security, environment, access to education for youth and families living in challenging environments, among others, through civic dialogue and critical engagement with the arts, language, and culture.
In 2010 Rutgers University-New Brunswick was recognized by the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification as an institution committed to deepening its engagement with local, state, and global communities. Subsequently, in 2016, the university joined with Campus Compact and New Jersey Campus Compact to further interdisciplinary collaboration with our community partners. Currently Rutgers Collaborative Center 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.