Students Demand an Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Some of my favorite Rutgers-Camden Students are at it again. Last week I highlighted the Underground’s podcast: Rooted In. This week, they’re gathering to discuss Rutgers-Camden’s need for an office of Diversity and Inclusion. I’m extremely impressed by both this event, and the maturity/wisdom being brought by the Underground. Those throughout our region running meetings … Read more Students Demand an Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Second Annual: State and Local Economic Development Policy Graduate Student Conference

Want to make sure to invite our readers to this. Here’s the blurb:  Doctoral students in the Public Affairs–Community Development Ph.D. program and the Department of Public Policy and Administration invite you to the Second Annual State and Local Economic Development Policy Graduate Student Conference on March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at … Read more Second Annual: State and Local Economic Development Policy Graduate Student Conference

How Do Camden Communities Hold Their Local Government’s Feet to the Fire? by Jared Hunter

Thanks to Camden resident Jared Hunter for this guest post. Jared lives and works in the city, and is a graduate student at Rutgers-Camden.             I grew up in the boondocks of southern Gloucester County; my father worked and my mother was a homemaker; there were seven of us crammed into an extremely tiny three-bedroom apartment for … Read more How Do Camden Communities Hold Their Local Government’s Feet to the Fire? by Jared Hunter

How the Jersey Dems’ Parochialism Hurts the Party

Monday, New Jersey Gubernatorial candidate (and former ambassador) Phil Murphy endorsed NJ Senate President Steve Sweeney. For those whose eyes haven’t turned towards the gubernatorial election yet (and that’s most of NJ voters, with 57% of voters still undecided), this likely was not even a blip on the radar. For those who have watched Sweeney … Read more How the Jersey Dems’ Parochialism Hurts the Party

The Other Camden School Closure

Even bad actors can be positive places. Which is my way of saying, even schools that have problematic practices, are unsustainable, or are flat-out known for corruption, can be positive spaces for youth. Because schools and teachers must focus on learning, and institutions that focus on children’s learning are often wondrous places. That schools are, at … Read more The Other Camden School Closure