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Monday, October 21 • 8:00am - 12:00pm
Community Experience: Rutgers University–Camden: Camden Rising: A Symbol of Promise

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Camden Rising: A Symbol of Promise 
Hosted by Rutgers University–Camden

In 2015, President Barack Obama visited Camden and said, "I've come here to Camden to do something that might have been unthinkable just a few years ago and that is to hold you up as a symbol of promise to the nation."

Camden, NJ is a city in the midst of a resurgence, and Rutgers University–Camden is a prime partner in Camden Rising, a multifaceted approach to revitalizing the city and promoting its’ growth and progress. At its height, the city of Camden was a powerful economic driver, home to Campbell Soup, NY Shipyard and RCA/Victor, but like many former industrial cities, Camden has faced considerable challenges over the years with high crime, low-achieving schools, unemployment and economic disinvestment.

However, through a concerted effort several years ago, that strategically focused on simultaneously addressing public safety, education, and redevelopment through public-private partnerships, Camden is transforming. Crime is at an all-time low, high school graduation rates are at an all-time high, unemployment is dropping, “eds and meds” are expanding, and businesses and organizations like Subaru, American Water, and the Philadelphia 76ers have come to Camden, to be a part of the movement.

In this experience, you will travel the city of Camden and learn the role that Rutgers-Camden is playing in Camden Rising. You will see the redevelopment of the expanded eds and meds corridor, meet a broad range of stakeholders—from residents, community partners, and Rutgers faculty, staff and students—and hear about the range of civic engagement initiatives taking place across the city, and visit organizations focused on community and youth development, hunger and homelessness, health and wellness, housing and K12 education.

Monday October 21, 2019 8:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Millennium Foyer