Fiserv, Inc., a leading global provider of financial services technology with a growing presence in New Jersey, is partnering with RU-N to create a program designed to increase diversity and innovation within the field.
For an organization that leans on collective work with many stakeholders, a global pandemic poses almost insurmountable difficulties. Yet the Newark Public Safety Collaborative’s (NPSC) work has not only continued to provide important resources for the greater Newark community but has added new areas of focus to its already expansive reservoir of information.
Within three years, nearly half of Newark’s residential property was sold to corporate buyers, a model designed to enrich investors through returns from rent collection, and a nationwide trend that can displace residents and impede home ownership, according to a Rutgers University—Newark report titled Who Owns Newark?
A Rutgers-Newark program that helps parents provide literacy support in Newark schools has done more than improve children’s reading skills. The parents also serve as “cultural brokers,” bridging gaps between a teaching staff of mostly white suburban women and the district’s families, who are predominately Black.
“When this mural was being created, the students mentioned their grandmothers,’’ Jennifer Bucalo, director of RU-N’s BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, said at the mural’s unveiling. “They took time sharing their memories and stories and we discussed words that described our grandmother’s life and legacy. This mural is dedicated to everyone’s grandmother.’’