Rutgers serves the state and its residents

Our Community Initiatives

Rutgers and its home communities of New Brunswick and Piscataway share a long history, and our successes and challenges are intertwined. As New Jersey’s state university, Rutgers serves the state and its residents through our core mission: to advance knowledge through teaching, research, and service. Our partnerships with community residents, local organizations, and major institutions put Rutgers’ knowledge-based resources to work throughout the greater New Brunswick area.

Rutgers taps the energy and talents of our students, faculty, and staff to focus on community needs. Our impact is broad: assisting children and families; helping business owners and job seekers; supporting K–12 learners and classroom teachers; and informing critical policy decisions and providing research-based data and analysis. In fact, a recent internal survey identified more than 75 programs and services that connect Rutgers with New Brunswick and its neighbor communities.

Yet there is much more that we can do. Especially now, in these difficult times, Rutgers recognizes a responsibility to rededicate our efforts. Over the past year, we have been taking a close look at current collaborations and discussing ways to increase and improve our contributions to civic, social, and cultural life. Moving forward, we are reaching out to community leaders for their insights on how Rutgers can be an even better partner.

After all, we, too, live and work here, and are equally committed to a strong and vibrant community.