Lecture Series: Science Collaboration as an Opportunity for the US and Cuba: A Case for Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday April 24th, 2020 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am


The Community Leadership Center extends our gratitude to Dr. Luis Alberto Montero Cabrera and Dr. Helen Yaffe for sharing their expertise at our first online Lecture Series Symposium.

Dr. Luis A Montero Cabrera is an esteemed Professor of Chemistry affiliated with the University of Havana and Johns Hopkins University. He is Chairman of the Branch of Natural Sciences at the Academy of Sciences in Cuba, and has published extensive research in the field of chemistry.

Dr. Helen Yaffe is a Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow, and a visiting fellow at the Latin American and Caribbean Centre at the London School of Economics. Her new book We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World has just been published by Yale University Press.


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