Community Partnerships & Engagement


A Newark area high school student doing flamework at Glassroots.

OUCP’s Community Partnerships & Engagement unit oversees programs and initiatives that create and strengthen bridges between Rutgers-Newark and the Greater Newark community. The unit brokers partnerships that help faculty, staff, and students to plan and implement community-based research initiatives. The unit also helps to connect faculty and students with service opportunities with organizations in the Greater Newark community.

Below is an overview of some of OUCP’s signature community partnership programs and initiatives. For more information about these and other community engagement efforts at Rutgers-Newark, see OUCP’s Community Engagement at Rutgers-Newark publication (PDF).


Rutgers-Newark students volunteering for OUCP

  • America Reads/Counts
  • Celebrity Reads
  • Community Service Day
  • Job Shadow Day
  • Read Across America
  • Roselle Afterschool College Readiness Program
  • Rutgers-Newark Ambassadors Program
  • Slam Dunk the Junk

Additionally, OUCP hosts an array of summer enrichment programs for the youth in the Greater Newark community. For more information about OUCP’s Summer Academies, please click here.

  • Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools
  • CIMIC Science and Technology Summer Camp
  • Future Business Computer Institute (FBCI)
  • Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) BizCamp
  • RU Ready For Work
  • RU Ready for Public/Healthcare Service Summer Program Track
  • Rutgers-Merck Summer Bioethics Institute
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project
  • Write on Sports