Symposium on the Role of Women Entrepreneurs in Local and Global Community Development
Thursday, March 14, 2019,

On Thursday, March 14, 2019, the Rutgers-Camden Community Leadership Center hosted its Spring 2019 Symposium on the Role of Women Entrepreneurs in Local and Global Community Development with a diverse group of women entrepreneurs and public leaders.  Each speaker spoke on her role in building capacity for women and girls locally and globally to grow and expand their educational opportunities and businesses that generate wealth back into their community.  Audience members were able to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussions with the following panelists:

  • The Honorable Marjorie Margolies, President, Women’s Campaign International Click Here for Presentation 
  • Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D., President, Sub-Saharan Chamber of Commerce
  • Jennice Fuentes, Founder and Managing Partner, Fuentes Strategies; Founder and CEO, BoricuActivatEd
  • The Honorable Susan Shin Angulo, Freeholder, Camden County

Click here for a full video of the event 

A Call to Action: Future Challenges for a New Puerto Rico
Friday March 30, 2018

A Call to Action: Future Challenges for a New Puerto Rico unites experts in dialogue and conversation around the current state of affairs in Puerto Rico and the future challenges and opportunities in rebuilding the island following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Researchers and policymakers presented on how to improve Puerto Rico’s workforce and industrial base, alleviate the debt obligations, reform Puerto Rico’s political and legal relationship with the United States government, and build partnerships between universities and NGOs as anchor institutions. This symposium calls the community to action to learn how to support and sustain Puerto Rico at this momentous period in the island’s history. Click here for more information

Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The symposium Integrating Research, Policy, and Practice: Reimagining the University/City Connection addresses specific ways in which universities serve as anchors for instigating change in their local environments and how they partner with school districts, government agencies, and nonprofit institutions to create a shared vision and mission for rebuilding the urban economy. Our expert panelists from top institutions will discuss how universities integrate research, policy, and practice in building social justice and community development initiatives, the incentives and motivations that can be shared for engaging faculty and staff, and the frameworks universities incorporate to enact change and revitalize neighborhoods. Click here for more information

The State of Public Charter Schools in New Jersey
Friday, November 20, 2015

The emergence of charter schools has shaken up public education in urban settings. Charter schools have proven to be successful vehicles for community development and urban neighborhood revitalization. Yet, so many structural and funding models exist. Parents and families know that they can have a better school to send their child to, but how do they reconcile the differences in educational philosophies, curriculum, and neighborhood engagement? Various charter school organizations are establishing a prominent presence in distressed urban environments, like Camden. Charter school experts will provide a clear delineation and breakdown of the various models, styles, and methods so that families and taxpayers have a better understanding of who and what are entering their communities. Click here for more information

The Opening to Cuba: Obstacles and Opportunities
Monday, November 9, 2015

Professor William LeoGrande, Professor of Government and former Associate Provost of Academic Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., is a leading expert on Cuban history and politics. He will speak about the obstacles and opportunities in this new era of normalized relations between Cuba and the United States. Professor LeoGrande has written widely on Latin America and U.S.-Latin American relations. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, LeMonde Diplomatique and other journals and newspapers. He is co-editor of A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution Under Raul Castro,Our Own Backyard: The United States in Central America, 1977-1992, and co-author of Back Channel to Cuba: The Hidden History of Negotiations between Washington and Havana, which will be available for purchase. Click here for his presentation

The Impact of Early Learning on Community Development
Friday, October 30, 2015

State and local experts will discuss the impact of early childhood programs on student achievement, family engagement, and community development in urban settings. New models of early learning will be explored, such as birth to college pipelines on the same block in downtown Camden. The presentations and discussions will emphasize and renew commitments to fund and develop quality early childhood initiatives that benefit all children. Click here for more information

Urban Sustainability Strategies from Cuba to Camden
Friday, October 9, 2015

Cuba has excelled at developing alternative models for sustainable urban development in the areas of agriculture, health care, and education. This unique session introduces participants to strategies that challenge traditional market-based approaches, and offers options for implementation in U.S. cities, like Camden. We will also discuss how to participate in a special 2016 Rutgers—Camden Spring Break trip to Cuba where students and others can investigate these topics firsthand. The Community Leadership Center has been leading academic trips to Cuba since 2002, specializing in urban community development.leading academic trips to Cuba since 2002, specializing in urban community development. Click here for more information

Creating Bridges for Camden’s Youth: Juvenile Justice Concerns and Local Solutions
Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hosted by the Rutgers School of Law–Camden and the Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center  
This day-long conference delved into key issues affecting the New Jersey juvenile justice system. Keynote speaker Marsha Levick, Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Law Center, opened the event.  Our first panel discussion focused on opportunities for reform and the second panel focused on preventative measures at the school-based level.  Our panel of experts provided great insight into specific practices and resources utilized to partner with stakeholders involved in the juvenile justice system. Click here for more information

Education Equity and Transformation of Schools
First Session: Preparing for PARCC: Challenges and Opportunities using the Common Core Standards
Friday, January 23, 2015

This session provides context and guidance for schools to prepare for the annual Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam using the Common Core Standards framework. Panelists will offer guidance on how to prepare administrators, teachers and students for PARCC and instilling a culture of learning. These experts will examine the challenges and opportunities that schools have in incorporating standards and assessments into the learning environment. Click here for more information

Second Session: How to Build a Successful School Culture for Teaching and Learning
Friday, February 13, 2015

This session of the symposia focuses on the roles school leaders play in developing and sustaining
school cultures that are conducive to academic excellence. Beyond the classroom, how can schools create structures that involve all stakeholders to promote an environment that supports the success of every single student. A panel of experts will lay out their vision and share their experiences in how to best lead meaningful change in teaching and learning practices. Click here for more information