Academic Co-Directors      

Our academic direction serves to promote public scholarship and to develop partnerships and programs that generate mutual benefit.

Dr. Maurice Elias

Professor of Clinical Psychology

Department of Psychology

School of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Mary Curran

Professor of Practice in Language Education

Department of Learning and Teaching

Graduate School of Education

Dr. Ronald Quincy

Academic Director

Rutgers Civic Leadership Institute

Rutgers Global and Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy

Collaborative Center Staff

Amy Michael, Associate Director

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Amy Michael is responsible for overseeing the Collaborative Center’s civic engagement programs. She serves as the principal investigator for the Bonner New Jersey AmeriCorps grant, the Bonner Enrichment Grant, and the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Contributions grant for the signature Advancing Community Development program.  Her community involvement includes her role as a founding member of Feeding Middlesex County and serving on the Esperanza Neighborhood Advisory Board, the New Brunswick Tomorrow 0-21 Task Force, among many others. View bio.

Claudio Mir, Senior Program Coordinator

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Claudio Mir is involved as an educator and program developer at the Collaborative Center to bring faculty,
staff, students, and community partners together through community arts.  He has been actively involved for
many years as artistic director and head faculty for New Brunswick's Artists Mentoring against Racism, Drugs,
and Violence (AMARD&V) Summer Arts Program and most recently worked with New Brunswick residents on
a community theater project that was performed at the George Street Playhouse. View bio.

Michael Ajagbe, Senior Mentoring and Education Program Coordinator

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Michael Ajagbe is the Senior Mentoring and Education Program Coordinator. He oversees the Mentoring Program, Behavioral Assistant Program, and serves as the volunteer placement liaison between Rutgers University and local school districts. Michael is responsible on providing day-to-day administration of the Mentoring Program, Behavioral Assistant Program as well as other initiatives. View bio.

Johnny Malpica, Program Coordinator

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Johnny Malpica oversees the Collaborative Center's Community Research Assistant program and provides support for the Advancing Community Development program as well as supporting the Collaborative's events
and initiatives. He currently serves as Chair of the Advocacy and Policy Working Group of the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance and is a member of the New Brunswick Environmental Commission. View bio.


Sajayah Baker, Program Assistant



RU-CARES Working Group

Committed practitioners of community-engaged scholarship who meet several times during the academic year comprise the RU-CARES Working Group. Led by Rutgers Collaborative Center, twenty-four faculty and administrators representing schools and departments across Rutgers-New Brunswick contribute to the multidisciplinary synergy of teaching, research, and service at Rutgers-New Brunswick and facilitates dialogue and
best practices in community engagement and public scholarship among community partners, students, staff, and faculty through professional development events. 

AmeriCorps Our valued NJ Bonner AmeriCorps staff serve as student mentors, program recruitment coordinators, and developers.

Monica Madera

NJ Bonner AmeriCorps
College Access Coordinator

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Rutgers Collaborative Center

640 Bartholomew Road

Busch Campus

Piscataway, New Jersey 08854

United States

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F (732) 445 4231


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