Programs initiated by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the First-Year Experience, described elsewhere, are also contributing to the satisfaction and well-being of Rensselaers students, faculty, and staff.
Greatness in a university is inextricably linked to the vitality of the region in which it is situated. Consequently, Rensselaer has undertaken several exciting new programs under the banner of communiversity.
In December 2001, Rensselaer received a $400,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to organize a Community Outreach Partnership Center in the City of Troy. The grant builds upon four Rensselaer projects: the Public Service Internship Program, the Troy Community Networking Project, the Neighborhood Renewal Initiative, and efforts to create Web-based, culturally oriented design tools to encourage underrepresented minorities to study math and science.
Programs in area schools seek to enrich and expand the science and technology pipeline, through projects like RAISE (the Rensselaer Alliance to Increase Student Excellence) a comprehensive effort by area school districts, colleges, and businesses offering after-school, weekend, and summer educational and research experiences to more than 900 area middle and high school students.
Public service and volunteerism of students, faculty, and staff has been increased through events such as community service days coordinated by the Office of the First-Year Experience and the Rensselaer Union. And communiversity celebrations bring the Troy campus and its city neighbors into the streets to enjoy music and fun together.
Exchange programs, such as the Global Engineering Education Exchange, expose students to other worlds and cultures, while curricular and extracurricular emphases on global citizenship include new foreign language offerings.
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