Center for Urban Research and Education
CURE encourages, facilitates, and promotes innovative research by scholars at Rutgers University and around the nation on issues that face Camden, New Jersey, the Philadelphia metropolitan region, and other large cities and metropolitan cities in the U.S. and abroad. It also helps train the next generation of urban scholars by providing opportunities for students to become involved with ongoing research projects. Through its research and partnerships, the center creates innovative solutions that promote equity and opportunity in communities throughout the nation. CURE seeks to increase the understanding of cities through cross-disciplinary research, instruction, and civic engagement and by providing links to regional, national, and international networks in pursuit of new ideas and approaches that address urban issues. A forum for collaborative, inter-disciplinary scholarship, CURE helps to inform public policy development and decision-making at the local, national, and global levels.
Community Leadership Center
The Mission of the Center is to foster understanding and acceptance by American leaders of the importance of providing new organizational environments, strategies, and building bridges and partnerships between urban communities and academia for dealing with race relations and urban development. Through social action research, leadership development, training and community partnerships, the Center provides a forum for the analysis, discussions and assessment of policy issues, while developing new knowledge regarding strategic approaches to meet the changing need of urban communities.
The Center for Children and Childhood Studies promotes understanding, enrichment and the recognition of the significance of the experiences of childhood through: Support of interdisciplinary inquiry into the lives of children in the city of Camden, US and abroad; Development and evaluation of service and outreach programs for children; Dissemination of knowledge to those directly responsible for ministering to children’s needs and to those formulating policies affecting their lives and futures; and Development of innovative research and service internships that equip university students and the public to make informed decisions concerning children and youth.
L.E.A.P. Charter School
A school that believes in the potential for success in all of its students. The students reflects that would be a traditional kindergarten to eighth grade range, but be placed in developmentally appropriate multi-age classrooms that will allow for optimal student learning in a stable environment. The curriculum focuses on math, science and technology, fields routinely not open to members of our community, while providing a comprehensive curriculum in the other academic areas. This will be accomplished by the use of integrated, holistic teaching builds upon the experiences of the students and provides expanded opportunities from which to learn. Four unifying themes will be applied across the curriculum and students’ enrichment opportunities: problem solving; communication; critical thinking; and information gathering and processing. Students will be active rather than passive learners, becoming more and more self-directed learners as they develop within the school. Camden, Rutgers, and the surrounding community will provide countless opportunities for accessing experts in knowledge,
exploring career possibilities, and learning through experiences with the environments (such as the Delaware River and Pine Barrens) and institutions (such as the New Jersey State Aquarium and Philadelphia museums).
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University-Camden is organized around a series of demonstration projects that develop innovative humanities strategies and programs to improve the quality of life in the Mid-Atlantic. As a catalyst for collaboration and change, MARCH Advances understanding and appreciation of regional identity through research, training, communication, and public programming; Connects humanities organizations to each other and to their communities Informs discourse among policymakers, educators, community leaders, and the media; and Communicates a meaningful sense of place to create a picture of the Mid-Atlantic region as a locus of American diversity, past and present.
Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs
WRI will engage Rutgers-Camden faculty and students with public administrators, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to address the real world challenges that shape the lives of citizens. There are four bases for this engagement: High quality, policy relevant research on public issues that cut across local, regional, national and global boundaries; Timely and meaningful technical assistance to governments and nonprofit organizations in the seven southern counties of New Jersey; Neutral convening of stakeholders and citizens; and Academic opportunities for faculty and students to connect classroom and scholarly objectives with public service and applied research in a service learning environment.
Graduate Programs in Public Policy
The Department of Public Policy and Administration offers the only fully accredited Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in southern New Jersey. Students can pursue tracks in public management, international management, educational leadership, or community development, and exceptional undergraduates can accelerate their professional training through the five-year dual degree program. Other graduate programs on campus may also be of interest to Urban Studies majors. Masters programs are also offered in Childhood Studies, Criminal Justice, History and Social Work.