SDG 4. Quality Education - Faculty Activities and Centers


Gloria Bonilla-Santiago
Board of Governor’s Distinguished Service Professor, Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago is the director of the Rutgers–Camden Community Leadership Center and is the overseer and Board Chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School.  Santiago’s record of service and the impact of her work on poor children and families, minorities, and community are exemplary by any standard. She is a passionate and enthusiastic educator, who has focused her professional acumen on helping people to be able to become self-reliant citizens through education and professional development. Her work on behalf of children and families has resulted in the development of a national and international model for public schools for poor children. Her model LEAP charter school in Camden City today serves 2,000 students from infancy through college and has become a hub for serving the families of these children through a number of LEAP portfolio schools in Camden City.  


Jamie Lew
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Co-director, Urban Systems Joint PhD program/Global Urban Studies

Rutgers–Newark College of Arts and Sciences
Jamie Lew examines how school systems and social networks impact social mobility and identities of children of immigrants and refugees in changing urban contexts, both in the United States and abroad. Her current research focuses on how immigration and changing demographics affect urban and suburban schools as they relate to school achievement, race relations, and education reform policies.

Mara Sidney
Acting Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Rutgers–Newark College of Arts and Sciences
Mara Sidney is part of the Eagleton Institute on Immigration and Democracy and the Rutgers Immigrant Infrastructure Map Project. She is the author or co-author of several publications and books, including Multiethnic Moments: The Politics of Urban Education Reform, which examines school systems in four major U.S. cities that worked for and against ethnically-representative school change in the 1990s, when the courts lifted school desegregation orders.   


Mary Curran
Associate Dean, Local-Global Partnerships

Graduate School of Education
Mary Curran leads efforts to leverage the strengths and diversity of local New Jersey communities in forging relations with international communities in global leadership, global education, global programs, and global relations.

Tanja Sargent
Associate Professor
Graduate School of Education

Tanja Sargent teaches courses in the sociocultural foundations of education, comparative education and education in modern China. She is also a project researcher with the Gansu Survey of Children and Families.

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