Citizenship Event at Rutgers University
With our technical assistance and support, other groups have replicated our event model. In April 2011, we assisted Rutgers University, New Jersey’s State University, to establish a citizenship initiative called Citizenship Rutgers. Rutgers’ initiative involves three of its campuses (including two law schools) working together to advance the common purpose that is naturalization.
CUNY Citizenship Now trained an initial group of volunteers including Rutgers’ law students. Our attorneys provided supervision and our administrators managed the event. Subsequently, Rutgers staff and faculty have held ten events with only limited assistance from Citizenship Now. Since Citizenship Rutgers started, more than 700 community members have received services thanks to the contribution of over 250 volunteers.
Randi M. Chmielewski, Coordinator of Public Programs and Special Projects at Rutger’s Eagleton Institute of Politics said that without CUNY’s assistance during the start of the program, things would have been much more difficult. Specifically, she highlighted how CUNY’s training materials and other printed documents shared through this collaboration have been so useful for Rutgers’ faculty to develop their own materials. In addition, she said, “This year, CUNY has been a tremendous resource in helping us to set policies and explore issues regarding viability and processes, language eligibility and volunteer outreach.