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WELCOME TO ENGAGE NJ

ADVANCING
DEMOCRACY & ENABLING 
STUDENTS TO THRIVE

Strategic Plan 2022-2027
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We have strived for ten years to lead as a higher education presidents’ coalition focused on civic engagement in New Jersey. As Engage NJ, we look to the decade in front of us, and our minds quickly focus on our spheres of influence and shared commitment to graduating tomorrow’s leaders.


So how does our coalition map its path forward? Our purpose is to collaborate and, with urgency, to provide knowledge, experience, and hope to the next generation of public servants, executives, and influencers. We develop the motivation in students to become civically literate, encouraging them to accept the responsibilities of active citizenship. Third, we help students match passion with experience regarding global warming and environmental degradation issues. Finally, we advance the skills necessary to fill career pathways urgent to this generation’s most significant opportunities and challenges.


With Engage NJ, not only can New Jersey’s colleges and universities be engines of economic opportunity, but we can also be ecosystems for equality – transforming opportunities for this generation and those downstream.

ENGAGE NJ

WELCOME TO
 

STRATEGIC PLAN

To create this change by 2027 and to achieve our mission, Engage NJ must succeed with the following three goals and objectives.

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GOAL I
EQUIPPING
CAMPUSES

Engage NJ will build a higher education civic engagement culture by comprehensively equipping and empowering all sectors.

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GOAL II
21ST CENTURY
COMPETENCIES

Engage NJ will showcase the increasing number of students graduating with 21st century (“21c”) competencies that are developed through a range of high-quality community engagement pathways and are transferable to behaviors of the engaged citizen and skilled worker

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GOAL III
STUDENTS
THRIVE

Engage NJ will establish a statewide network of students capable of success in life and work through a series of innovative programs, events, partnerships and sustained funding

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WE TAKE PRIDE IN
OUR NUMBERS

10+

Years in Higher Ed
Non-Profit Experience

6K

Student

Alumni

6M$

Grants

Managed

20+

Affiliated

Colleges

5

Government
& Industry 
Partners

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The past year has enabled, or even forced us, to focus on how to express our DNA in how we operate as a nonprofit presidents’ coalition. 

  • Our initiatives stand in solidarity with marginalized communities 

  • We amplify historically and legally disempowered voices and lives

  • We act on matters of urgency and show intolerance in the face of inaction 

  • The design of our programs and how we hire both express a fundamental commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

  • We are staunchly loyal to providing a podium for social and economic mobility, including by ensuring opportunities for improved life: work balance for the 21st-century member of the team

ORGANIZATION
COMMITMENTS

THE VERY EXPRESSION OF OUR NONPROFIT DNA
TO DATE (2022)

CAMPUS
MEMBERS

  • Drew University    

  • Essex County College

  • Hudson Co Comm College

  • Kean University

  • Middlesex College

  • Montclair State University 

  • New Jersey City University 

  • NJ Institute of Technology 

  • Passaic Co Comm. College 

  • Princeton University

  • Raritan Valley Comm. College 

  • Ramapo College

  • Rowan University

  • Rutgers University-Newark 

  • Rutgers New Brunswick

  • Stockton University

  • The College of New Jersey 

  • Union County College 

  • William Paterson University

ENGAGE CORPS

AMERICORPS
VISTA PROJECT

In early 2022, were awarded one of the largest AmeriCorps VISTA grants in New Jersey’s history. Over the next five years, ENGAGECorps will focus on developing college students’ 21st-century skills for life and work, increasing high school completion and college access, increasing college students’ overall health and educating developing minds about the human impacts on climate change in our most marginalized communities. 


 

Through ENGAGECorps, twenty-two (22) AmeriCorps Members will serve full-time for at least one year at higher education institutions beginning this Fall, collectively providing nearly 40,000 hours of capacity-building work in these areas. ENGAGECorps members will focus on several student success strategies. Engage NJ member campuses are eligible to apply for between one and four ENGAGECorps Members.

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