OUCP welcomes Fall Community Scientist Program cohort

Congratulations Rutgers University Fall 2023 Community Scientists

OUCP/CHECE Annual Report FY2022-23

Annual Report 2022-23

AHLI Board Member Deacon Francis Dixon quoted on National Institute for Health (NIH) Website

AHLI board member Francis Dixon, is the executive director of New Hope Now Community Development Corporation, The New Hope Baptist Church. His organization serves as a Community Partner for NJ HEROES TOO, a research study aimed at improving COVID-19 testing in underserved communities.

AHLI Advisory Board

The AHLI Advisory Board is comprised of community-based, service agency, and academic leaders representing the Greater Newark community. They provide leadership, guidance and programmatic direction to assist OUCP address health equity for senior citizens.

Our Mission



To strengthen Rutgers’ engagement with the Greater Newark community, the New Jersey region and beyond.


Community Engagement at RU-N


Are you or your organization interested in establishing a partnership with Rutgers-Newark?


Special Projects


The West Ward Community Coalition catalyzes collective impact by promoting information sharing and supporting partnerships to improve the quality of life in Newark’s West Ward.

CONNECT Magazine

The first edition of the magazine CONNECT: Empowering our Community Through Research, Scholarship and Engagement features the RADx-UP project NJ HEROES TOO.

The magazine details a new inclusive approach to “telling the story” of community engaged research that helps to better understand COVID-19 testing among underserved and vulnerable residents.


Our Mission

The mission of the Office of University-Community Partnerships is to serve as the nexus that connects Rutgers University–Newark students, faculty and staff to expand, create and promote reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships that support and align with the university’s strategic engagement priorities.

Guiding Principles

  • Invest in collaborative academic and research programs
  • Invest in our students
  • Invest in anchor institution collaboration
  • Leverage our diversity and building civic dialogue

Community Engagement at RU-N

To learn more about the university’s ongoing efforts to serve as an anchor institution visit  https://www.newark.rutgers.edu/community-engagement.

For Students

The Office of University-Community Partnerships has multiple opportunities for community engagement to offer RU-N students who are committed to transforming communities by investing their time, skill and passion to the Newark and Greater Newark area. Students may participate through:

Annual Report


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