Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement Rutgers University New Brunswick Community Based Research

About Us

The Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement is a collaboration of university faculty, students and community development actors that seeks to enhance educational opportunities, facilitate innovative research, and build community development capacity.


The Center brings the university into the community and the community into the university through community based research and discussion. Each Spring, a faculty committee selects four to five Ralph W. Voorhees Public Service undergraduate fellows who work together with a community partner during the Fall semester. Students work with the Center on research projects throughout the year.

Research, Information, and Analysis

Center staff conduct research on urban and community issues in communities around the world. They pursue work that enables them to think creatively about what produces local problems and engages in local, national, and international conversations about these issues. Faculty and students work in collaboration with communities to conduct research, publish, and present research locally and at academic conferences.

Discussion, Networking, and Public Policy

The Center creates opportunities to discuss community development and urban challenges to enhance relationships, communication and to foster entrepreneurship.