Through dozens of programs, hundreds of relationships, and thousands of hours, the partnerships between Stevens and the City—its people, its schools, its organizations, and its government—are making a big difference in the City.
Through formal, sponsored programs and partnerships and through organic, grassroots collaborations, Stevens is applying its energy and expertise toward a better Hoboken. Here are a few examples:
For more than 25 years, the university’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) has secured grants totaling $50 million to support programs aimed at improving science, math and engineering education in elementary and high schools throughout New Jersey, the nation, and in a dozen countries around the world. Hoboken Public Schools was CIESE’s very first partner, and has remained a collaborator in more than two dozen funded programs over more than 25 years. More than 250 teachers and thousands of students have benefited from CIESE’s programs, including teacher training, student camps, and donations of hardware, software, and classroom supplies.
During Orientation, one of the first ways our freshman engage in student life is through community service activities in Hoboken. Students experience the city by organizing crafts for children at the Garden Street Farmers Market, cleaning local parking garages, and painting a mural at the Jubilee Center.
Stevens hosts the Hoboken Junior Police Academy, a free camp for Hoboken students, which provides hands-on experience with the role of a police officer and insight into career in law enforcement.
In June 2014, in one of many ongoing efforts to help manage traffic and reduce the university’s carbon footprint, Stevens donated 16 bikes and five bike helmets for use by Bike Hoboken. Stevens is also an active participant and convener for Hoboken’s tech community including the NJ Tech Meet Up and other public forums and events held by the City of Hoboken.
Research Oriented to Hoboken and Urban Issues
Stevens continues to dedicate its technical expertise to solving real-world problems in our community. Many student researchers use their Senior Design Projects, products of a year or more of extensive research, to help build products and solve issues that exist within Hoboken and surrounding areas. Notable among these research projects are an Interactive Flood Wall, a series of permanent levees and removable flood walls to create and economical and resident-friendly flood resiliency plan; a Modular Green Roof, an innovative design that integrates plant life upon a lightweight, independently supported module to significantly reduce storm water runoff and ultimately flooding; and Hoboken Taxi Re-engineering, a solution to eliminate excessive waiting and long lines for the Hoboken Taxi System.
Stevens faculty members have worked closely with several public agencies on plans for enhancing the resilience of waterfront communities, business districts and essential infrastructure in the face of increased flood risk and vulnerability to storm damage.
Students, faculty, and staff, as well as alumni, are active volunteers to many Hoboken programs and causes—from fraternity tutoring programs in schools, to set-up for the City’s spring and fall festivals, to sports clinics for Hoboken’s youth. A few examples follow:
Community service is one of the first things Stevens students experience; a variety of community service options are identified for Orientation activities for the freshman class each year.
Each summer, students and student-athletes volunteer their time to entertain local families and youth at Hoboken’s National Night Out, an effort to promote community partnerships for crime prevention.
In the week following Hurricane Sandy, 300 students performed more than 2,000 hours of volunteer work – working with the National Guard to rescue people stranded by the storm, delivering water in high-rise buildings, checking in on elderly residents, working with the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, helping prepare meals for people who had taken refuge in city shelters, providing the city with an audio system for public meetings and helping to staff a city command center.
Numerous student groups on campus are dedicated to community service. From staffing community events to cleaning up local parks, Greek Life, Service organizations, Student Government, and more are committed to making a positive impact in our city.
Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse and other teams have hosted sports clinics and tournaments for local children and youth teams. Over 100 student–athletes volunteer through the Duckling Program, led by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, to read and plan lessons for local middle school students.