Welcome to the Office of University-Community Partnerships (OUCP) at Rutgers-Newark! For over a decade, OUCP has been strengthening Rutgers’ engagement with the Greater Newark community, the New Jersey region and beyond. Find out more here.
OUCP’s Conference and Event Management unit provides event planning and management expertise to faculty, staff, students, and to local, regional, and national organizations in the Greater Newark community. Find out more.
OUCP and Rutgers-Newark are proud to be a part of the Newark community. Learn more about OUCP’s university-community partnership programs.
Community Engagement Guide
A complete list of Rutgers-Newark programs that engage the Greater Newark community. More →
RU Ready for Work Program 2014
The RU Ready for Work Program is making a difference in the lives of many Newark high school students. This report chronicles the evolution of highly innovative and successful career-readiness model. To learn more click here.
Community Engagement Scholars & Work-Study Program Positions
Community Engagement Scholars are RU-N students who are committed to transforming their community by investing their time, skills and passion to youth from the Greater Newark area. Scholars may or may not receive Federal Work-Study Grant funding. Students provide services or participate in scholastic learning within an organization in the greater-Newark community that has partnered with the Office of University-Community Partnerships.
A leading college access expert says the RU Ready for Work model holds great promise for increasing the number of young people who enroll in college.
“I think if we’re going to solve issues around increasing college attainment and closing gaps in attainment across groups, we really do need the involvement of a whole range of different players in this,” said Laura W. Perna, a higher education professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and founding executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, or AHEAD. Read more
RU Ready for Work program administrators didn’t have to go far to create summer jobs for students. Having program participants work on campus helps to “demystify what college is.”