New Brunswick, NJ
Informing and Connecting Engaged Citizens
About PolicyOptions New Brunswick Bureau

The New Brunswick PolicyOptions Bureau seeks to provide links to timely, relevant information and research, especially at the local level.

The New Brunswick PolicyOptions Bureau is a local community information hub, containing relevant funding information, government updates, community announcements, and the latest research. The website will also host a community directory and calendar. Users may sign up for a weekly digest that will e-mail them updates on topics of their choosing, and also join a local discussion list to foster exchange with other Morris area leaders and engaged citizens.

Rutgers University New Brunswick Campus' Collaborative Center for Community Based Research and Service, a center for community-based learning, service, research and public scholarship, hosts the New Brunswick PolicyOptions Bureau. Housed within Rutgers' Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, the Collaborative is committed to supporting campus-community collaborations that advance the public good for the state of New Jersey and beyond. We offer structured opportunities that are designed to connect faculty, students and community organizations in a collaborative process that promotes civic responsibility and leads to positive social change. Through service-learning credit-bearing courses and community-based research, engaged scholarship recognizes the multiple ways of knowing and acting that shape sustainable university and community partnerships directed toward action on public issues.

About the Collaborative Center for Community Based Research and Service:
One of the Collaborative's key community partners is the New Brunswick Community Food Alliance (NBCFA), New Brunswick's food policy council. NBCFA is committed to the development and maintenance of a sustainable local food system in the city of New Brunswick so that all of its residents have access to adequate amounts of nutritious, safe, affordable, and culturally appropriate food at all times in socially acceptable ways and enjoy the health and economic benefits of a strong local food system.
The yearlong Advancing Community Development (ACD) course will focus on developing marketing and promotional materials for NBCFA. ACD links students with mentors from Johnson & Johnson to guide their projects and professional development, while developing capacity-building projects for the Collaborative's community partners.
Students from the Rutgers Bonner Leader Program's Food Team have assisted work groups. Students have partnered with the Healthy Food Access work group, advancing the Healthy Corner Store Initiative, as well as the Economic Development work group developing surveys for the Commercial Kitchen project, and the Community Engagement work group, representing NBCFA at events throughout the community and creating new members.

The New Brunswick PolicyOptions Bureau is an affiliate of the National PolicyOptions Network, which is an initiative of The Corella and Bertram F. Bonner Foundation. The initiative is supported through partnerships with AmeriCorps*VISTA, Learn and Serve America, programs of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service
640 Bartholomew Road • Piscataway, NJ 08854-8003

engage.rutgers.edu • 848-932-8660
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