Message from the Executive Director
The Center for Community Research and Engagement (CCRE) was established in 1997 to address the needs of Seton Hall’s neighboring urban communities in partnership with nonprofit organizations and community residents. Funded with generous grants and gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals, CCRE coordinates the outreach activities of the University as it implements service learning and community-based research. Our mission is to develop partnerships that integrate Seton Hall University faculty, students, staff and our neighboring communities through applied research, active learning, and action projects, aimed at enhancing both the learning environment and community capacity.
Towards these ends, CCRE marshals the University’s resources to develop creative solutions to community problems. Through CCRE programs, faculty and students from many academic departments apply scholarly theory and experience to community-identified needs in a variety of settings. For example, first-year students mentor and tutor children and youth in after-school programs, faculty members conduct assessments for local health care providers, students from a graduate language program teach Chinese language and culture to students at a local school, and faculty and students pursue a variety of projects related to water quality and other issues in collaboration with a local environmental organization.
As a metropolitan university, Seton Hall recognizes its responsibility to our neighboring communities and its obligation to prepare its students for leadership positions in the community. CCRE is proud to be the outreach arm of the University as it strives to develop the leadership capacity of its students and contribute to the development of our surrounding communities.
Roseanne Mirabella, Ph.D.
Executive Director, CCRE