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Established in 2000, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies works to bring the campus’s intellectual talent and other resources to bear on the challenges of improving the quality of life in urban communities across the state.  Cornwall has been a signature component of Rutgers University-Newark’s commitment to be an anchor institution for the Newark metropolitan area. The Center sponsors research projects, publications, conferences, symposia, seminars, workshops, public forums, and incubates projects translating research into effective practice. We are committed to rigorous research that produces usable knowledge for the public, a private and non-profit sector that moves us toward a more just world.   In all its work, Cornwall is especially concerned with supporting the most vulnerable urban populations. 

The late Joseph C. Cornwall was the product of a family whose extensive philanthropic contributions in New Jersey were rooted in Quaker values. Mr. Cornwall was a widely respected civic leader and the Founding Chair of the Fund for New Jersey, devoting much of his career to advancing the welfare and quality of life of New Jersey’s citizens. To recognize Mr. Cornwall’s civic and philanthropic accomplishments, the Fund for New Jersey established an endowment to support the Cornwall Center and bolster its mission to improve the lives of people who call New Jersey’s cities home. 

Recent Reports, Working Papers, and Publications

Anderson, C. (2022). Homeschooling Black students during the pandemic. In R. J. Ceglie, D. F. Abernathy, & A. W. Thornburg (Eds.), Schoolchildren of the COVID-19 pandemic: Impact and opportunities (pp. 83-97). Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-80262-741-120221005

Campbell, Vandeen et. al. 2022. Segregated Schooling in New Jersey: The Distribution of Opportunities to Learn by Race, Ethnicity, and Class. Report Highlights. Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University-Newark.

Campbell, Vandeen et. al. 2022. A Study of ESSER COVID-19 Funding in New Jersey: Baseline, Use of Funds, and Early Outcomes. Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University-Newark.

Anderson, Charity. 2022. “The Challenge of Global School Segregation.” In Global Agenda for Social Justice 2, eds. Glenn W. Muschert, Kristen M. Budd, Heather Dillaway, David C. Lane, Manjusha Nair, and Jason A. Smith, 3 – 11. Great Britain: Bristol University Press.

Irby, Decoteau J., Charity Anderson, and Charles M. Payne. 2022. Dignity-Affirming Education: Cultivating the Somebodiness of Students and Educators. Edited by Decoteau J. Irby, Charity Anderson, and Charles M. Payne. New York: Teachers College Press.

Campbell, Vandeen. 2022 Equal Access to Stem Pathways? A Closer Look at Science Course-taking Trends in New Jersey’s High Schools. New Jersey Stat Policy Lab. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Campbell, V. 2022. The New Jersey High School Experience: Differences in Freshman Year Science Course Taking. New Jersey State Policy Lab. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Kim, Elisabeth H. & Harris, Jamelia N. 2022. Examining Discipline Disparities in New Jersey High Schools. New Jersey State Policy Lab. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Menifield, C.E., Bacak, V., Campbell, V., Bowling, J., Brunskill, L., Ordonez, L. 2022. Cannabis Legalization in New Jersey: A Baseline Study. New Jersey State Policy Lab. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University.

Kim, Elisabeth. H. 2021. Improving Access to Post-Secondary Education Through FASFA Completion. Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University-Newark.


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The Freedom School Project Presents

Project Daniel: Boys, Brotherhood, and a Bible-Based Approach to Liberation Education

Wednesday, January 4, 2023 @ 7pm EST

Featuring Pastor Gregory Edwards and Minister Michael Hayes

Register today: https://go.rutgers.edu/ProjectDaniel

The Freedom School Project Presents

A conversation with A’Dorian Murray-Thomas, CEO of SHE Wins Inc. and elected member of the Newark Board of Education

Monday, January 30, 2023 @ 7pm EST

Stay tuned for more details and a registration link!

13th Avenue School Winter Wonderland Toy Drive 

Nearly 85% of Thirteenth Avenue Elementary School families are within the federal poverty line, with many families experiencing financial constraints during the holidays. However, with help from partners like you we can make a difference! The Promise Youth University Afterschool Program has partnered with Thirteenth Avenue Elementary School to solicit holiday gifts and donations for the 3rd-8th grade students. Sought after items include: toys (8-14 years old), apparel (8 – 14 years old), and gift cards ($5-$15 to kid friendly stores or attractions). The deadline to donate is Friday, December 13. If you can support or need additional information, please contact Shanequa Evans, Promise Youth University Program Director via email at se176n [at] newark [dot] rutgers [dot] edu.


Free College Course Announcement

The Cornwall Center is happy to announce that applications are being accepted for Clemente Veterans’ Initiative (CVI) Newark—a free college course that explores themes of war and reconciliation through literature, art, history, and philosophy. Classes begin February 6, 2023, and will meet Mondays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:00pm, on the Rutgers-Newark campus.  For details and to apply, visit: https://www.clementenewark.com/

CVI Newark encourages applications from all veterans, regardless of discharge status.  FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF VETERANS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY.  A high school diploma or GED is not required for admission.  Transferable college credit (3) is available from Bard College.

Potential applicants can contact the academic director, Charity Anderson at CVI@clementenewark.com with questions.