Civic Engagement

We’re All Connected

At the core of who we are as a university is a commitment to give back to the community we’re proud to call home. Our nationally-recognized outreach programs partner with the Camden community and organizations from around the region to make a real difference in the lives of those who need it most. The benefits to our students, and to the community as a whole, are incalculable. Together, we raise each other up.

The Office of Civic Engagement connects Rutgers University–Camden to communities beyond the campus. Working with community partners, we support efforts to meet the challenges facing our host city, county, and region through engaged civic learning, volunteerism and service, community-based research, and integrated efforts and partnerships.

Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars is a learning community of select students who make a substantial commitment to civic engagement in our host city and region.

Since 2011, the Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars program has connected with city and regional agencies and nonprofits to provide direct service and capacity-building assistance in areas spanning many issues and needs.

Rutgers–Camden faculty members advance the twin objectives of student learning and community development through courses that integrate civic engagement into the curriculum. We call this approach engaged civic learning.

Engaged Civic Learning Courses have been taught by Faculty Fellows across many disciplines in all of the schools at Rutgers University–Camden.

Through the Civic Engagement Faculty Fellows program, the Office of Civic Engagement prepares Rutgers–Camden faculty members to design and implement high-quality Engaged Civic Learning courses.

The Office of the Chancellor offers grants to support courses integrating the pedagogy of Engaged Civic Learning. Appropriate courses for funding integrate traditional academic work and sustained community engagement.

The Civic Engagement Graduate Fellows program at Rutgers University–Camden connects emerging scholars with engaged faculty across disciplines to support engaged learning and civic development among undergraduates.

National Leader in Civic Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected Rutgers University–Camden to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification.