The Walter Rand Institute


Technical assistance and project coordination are provided to CCPYDC by the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs (WRI).

Founded in 2000, WRI was organized to honor Senator Walter Rand’s legacy of public service to southern New Jersey. Launched with a legislative appropriation from the State of New Jersey and matching funds from Rutgers University, WRI serves as a research and public service center for Rutgers-Camden, the southern campus of the state’s land grant university.

Providing high quality research and evaluation, as well as a venue for public, private and not-for-profit leaders to engage constructively on challenging issues, WRI has tackled an array of policy problems including social service delivery, local government capacity, release and re-entry of violent offenders, civic engagement, housing affordability, and regional development. All of these projects have connected scores of Rutgers students with exciting opportunities to enhance their education with invaluable experience in the real world of public affairs.

Since its inception, the Walter Rand Institute has pursued its mission of engaging Rutgers-Camden faculty and students with public administrators, elected officials, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to address the real world challenges that shape the lives of citizens in southern New Jersey and beyond.

More information on the WRI is available at their website.