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Rutgers–Camden Recognized for Exemplary Community Engagement

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January 17, 2024

Rutgers University–Camden has earned the 2024 Richard Guarasci Award for Institutional Transformation from Campus Compact, the largest and oldest higher education association dedicated to community and civic engagement. The Guarasci Award honors colleges and universities “anchored by a team that advances civic and community engagement across teaching, research, and practice.”

“For many years the Rutgers Camden team has been a leader in civic engagement, inclusion, and democratic education,” said Richard Guarasci, president emeritus of Wagner College and former chair of the Campus Compact Board of Directors. “Their leadership has provided an excellent model for all universities to emulate. I am so pleased to see their work recognized and saluted with this award in my name.”

As senior vice chancellor for strategy, diversity, and community engagement, Nyeema Watson joins Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis in leading the university’s efforts to help all members of the Rutgers–Camden community feel welcome, valued, and respected. Initiatives to that end include academic programs focused on diversity, such as Africana studies and gender studies; activities and organizations that open minds to new ways of thinking; and a variety of support services focused on preventing bias, empowering members of marginalized groups to thrive, and much more.

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