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.
To create this change by 2027 and to achieve our mission, Engage NJ must succeed with the following three goals and objectives.
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
WE TAKE PRIDE IN
Years in Higher Ed
& Industry Partners
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
THE VERY EXPRESSION OF OUR NONPROFIT DNA
TO DATE (2022)
Essex County College
Hudson Co Comm College
Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
NJ Institute of Technology
Passaic Co Comm. College
Raritan Valley Comm. College
Rutgers New Brunswick
The College of New Jersey
Union County College
William Paterson University
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.