RU-CARES A Multidisciplinary Forum for Community Partnership


RU-CARES (Community, Action, Respect, Engagement, Service) is a professional development forum that engages community, faculty, and government leaders in conversations about synergistic community-university partnerships and best practices to advance social change.

A committed Working Group of community-engaged faculty represents academic units across Rutgers-New Brunswick and contributes to RU-CARES. Over three hundred students, faculty, staff, and community leaders representing twenty-seven community partnerships attended the inaugural series.


RU-CARES launched with Leading Together, a panel discussion on civic leadership facilitated by Rutgers alumnus and broadcast anchor Steve Adubato and including Jaymie Santiago, President and CEO of New Brunswick Tomorrow. This event was followed by Learning in the Community, a workshop on incorporating community-based learning for meaningful capstone experiences led by Dr. Ariane Hoy, Vice President of the Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and the co-author of High-Impact Learning for Self and Society: Community-Engaged Signature Work.


Our conversations include leaders representing Youth Empowerment Services, New Labor, and the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance among others; Jon Wogman, Program Director, Congressional Hunger Center and Dr. Cara Cuite, Department of Human Ecology and the Food Policy Institute at Rutgers. 

Community partners, faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their expertise, experience, and energy to the RU-CARES community.  Contact Rutgers Collaborative Center to learn more.



Rutgers Collaborative Center

640 Bartholomew Road

Busch Campus

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

United States

T (848) 932 8660

F (732) 445 4231


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