Congress Allocates $234,000 to Rutgers–Camden Program Benefitting K–12 Students of Color Impacted by the Pandemic

The funding will support the university’s innovative Acceleration and Renew Academy

March 24, 2022

CAMDEN, N.J. – New Jersey’s U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez spearheaded funding to allocate $234,000 to Rutgers University–Camden as part of The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022. The funding will support the Rutgers Acceleration and Renew Academy (RARA), which aims to boost academic achievement that declined due to the effects of COVID-19.

“The Acceleration and Renew Academy will equip our Rutgers–Camden students with the tools necessary to help K–12 students confront their greatest academic and social challenges and continue on their respective paths toward success,” said Rutgers University–Camden Chancellor Antonio D. Tillis. “It is gratifying that Senators Booker and Menendez and Congressman Donald Norcross are advocating for the needs of New Jersey residents during these difficult times.”

Rutgers–Camden students will receive training through RARA and then meet with small groups of K–12 students to provide 50 minutes of daily high-intensity tutoring plus emotional and social support. RARA targets Black and Latinx students from underserved areas that have been significantly affected by COVID-19.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, sometimes called the Omnibus Funding Package, is a group of 12 appropriations measures that fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2022. The funding for RARA was part of an emergency funding package added to the original legislation, which provides support for emergency COVID resources and assistance for those affected by the conflict in Ukraine. The Booker-Menendez allocation sought to help achieve educational equity.

Nyeema Watson, vice chancellor of Rutgers–Camden’s Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement, hopes these allocated funds will help the community rebound. “In addition to educational disruption, Black and Latinx students feel a deep sense of social isolation, depression and loss from the devastating impact COVID-19 has disproportionately had on communities of color,” Watson said. “We are ecstatic that leaders are continuing to address these issues.”

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