OUCP History & Staff
The Office of University-Community Partnerships at Rutgers-Newark has a dynamic history grounded in principles of education, service, and community building. Founded in 2001, the department originally was engineered to provide quality information and customer service to the campus community and to off-campus inquirers and visitors, as well as to provide conference and event planning expertise to faculty, staff, and community organizations. In 2005, the department was designated the Office of Campus and Community Relations to reflect its increasingly prominent role in advancing broader institutional efforts to strengthen ties between Rutgers and Greater Newark.
In 2010, the department was officially renamed the Office of University- Community Partnerships (OUCP). OUCP maintains its initial mandate for engaging faculty, staff, students, and community partners through three integral units: Campus & Visitor Information; Conference & Event Management Services; and Community Partnerships & Engagement. OUCP is expanding its organizational expertise to include brokering partnerships for faculty community-based service learning and research initiatives, as well as developing processes for cataloging activities and outcomes for institution-wide community engagement initiatives.
Through strategic staff and student leadership development, sustainable community partnerships, and a deep commitment to engage with Newark and the surrounding region, OUCP will continue to be a center for innovation in urban university-community engagement.