2022: 10/21 Public Service and Bloustein: Past, Present and Future

October 22, 2022

10/21 Public Service and Bloustein: Past, Present and Future

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Established and approved by the Rutgers University Board of Governors in 1992, the Bloustein School has served as a key center for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. The school has committed to a rebirth of the public service ethic, especially as new research interests in health administration, public informatics, and public health have joined the school’s foundational disciplines. Interim Dean Stuart Shapiro moderated a panel celebrating the school’s history, the legacy of namesake Edward J. Bloustein, and the school’s future direction in creating just, socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, and healthy local, national, and global communities.

Panelists included

James W. Hughes, University Professor and Dean Emeritus provided a historical perspective, connecting the founding of the school to Ed Bloustein’s legacy, including personal stories from his 22 years as Dean;

Kathe Newman, Professor and Director, Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement, who discussed the accomplishments of the Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement and the urban planning program in furthering public involvement.

Will Jones, Executive Director, Rutgers Career Exploration and Success who talked about President Jonathan Holloway’s commitment to the Rutgers Summer Service Initiative (RSSI) and bring a Rutgers-wide perspective to public service.

Lucas Torres, EJB ‘22 (Public Health) who was among the first 100 students selected for the RSSI and talked about his experiences over the summer in the RSSI cohort at the United Way.

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