The Rutgers-Camden Community Leadership Center has been invested in the academic, economic, and social progress of residents and communities in Puerto Rico.  It is a partner with the University of Puerto Rico and the Center for Puerto Rico to conduct research projects and to oversee a Rutgers Master’s Program in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Community Development.  The partnership reflects a long term interest in empowering students and collaborating with faculty to build knowledge and skills in community development to impact the growth and sustainability of the educational and workforce sectors.

The devastation from Hurricane Maria in September 2017 has exacerbated the fragile infrastructure of Puerto Rico following the economic recession, bankruptcy, and accelerated population loss within the past decade.  The Community Leadership Center is committed to working with its partners in Puerto Rico to devise innovative solutions to revive the educational workforce, particularly through public symposia, joint research projects, and publications.  The CLC has a call to action to unite researchers, policymakers, and members of the public to rebuild Puerto Rico and chart its path for a better future.

On March 30, 2018, the CLC hosted a symposium on “A Call to Action: Future Challenges for a New Puerto Rico,” which united scholars and experts on the current state of Puerto Rico and the devastating effects on the island going forward.  Click here to learn more about the symposium and to view the speakers and their presentations.