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Established in July 2000, the Joseph C. Cornwall Center, a part of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, brings together faculty, staff and students from Rutgers University-Newark, as well as allied institutions of higher education. The Center provides a distinctive environment in which to promote research and interchange among scholars of urban and metropolitan life, government leaders, community-based organizations, and private citizens. The Center supports collaborative systematic analysis and innovative discussion of public policy issues.
Cornwall Center advances analysis and research of complex issues facing urban areas, primarily metropolitan Newark and northern New Jersey. The Center accomplishes this by: engaging and empowering community participation to shape public policy, promoting and conducting scholarly research on cities and metropolitan areas and applied research on urban policy issues, and sharing knowledge and facilitating the exchange of ideas among all stakeholders. The Center’s areas of concentration include: housing, social justice, education, health, and community, and economic development.
Cornwall Center is named after the late Joseph C. Cornwall, the founding chair of The Fund for New Jersey and a widely respected civic leader. Mr. Cornwall devoted much of his career to advancing the welfare and quality of life of the citizens of New Jersey. To recognize Mr. Cornwall, The Fund for New Jersey provided a substantial endowment to establish, support and perpetuate the Center and its urban mission. Rutger-Newark has identified the Cornwall Center as an important element in its strategic plan and has committed significant resources to advance this mission.