Non-profits & Social Change
Albert “Bo” Robinson Assessment and Treatment Center
therapy services, programming and training to prevent recidivism
The Bo Robinson Center serves individuals participating in the parole program for the State of New Jersey. A 2015 AAS course, “Race is Socially Constructed: Now What?” interviewed program participants about their experiences. The center is eager to work with students again on research projects to learn more about how they can improve the quality of their services and are open to discussing other topics. Talk to CBLI about your interests.
Bo Robinson website
Easter Seals New Jersey
serving individuals and families with disabilities and special needs
Technology provides ways for individuals with disabilities to function with greater independence. What piece(s) of technology would best serve Easter Seals NJ consumers, especially at the Mercer Adult Training Services site where services are provided to adults with developmental disabilities and special medical and behavioral needs? How would the technology directly improve the quality of services provided by Easter Seals? Easter Seals New Jersey has work centers where assistive technology research could be done to develop tools to assist individuals with disabilities in learning the skills necessary to obtain employment in their communities.
Easter Seals is interested in a number of research ideas and is open to exploring other projects. See additional questions under Health.
Easter Seals New Jersey's website
strategic analysis of religious environmental field
As the religious-environmental movement has begun to spread, new forms of religiously-based environmental activity have appeared within individual houses of worship, regional and national denominations, interfaith networks. In addition, secular environmental groups have begun launching efforts to reach out to religious groups. GreenFaith is interested in partnering on a strategic analysis on the state of the religious environmental field which would address the following questions:
- What organizations are working in the field and where are they working?
- Using industry life-cycle theory as a context for analysis, what stage of development has the religious-environmental movement reached? What developments are the likely next steps in this young field’s evolution?
Latin American Legal Defense and Education Fund (LALDEF)
advocating for Latino immigrants in the Trenton/Princeton area
LALDEF has observed that some of their Mexican clients have difficulty in securing passports from the consulate in the US. Often this is due to problems in having the correct birth certificate or documentation. For some indigenous communities such certificates simply don’t exist. For other Mexican citizens, problems with the spelling of their name, even if there is only a one-letter discrepancy, will render a document invalid. Additionally errors or omissions when systems migrated to electronic record-keeping have resulted in lost records. The only recourse in any of those cases is to hire a local attorney which is not only complicated but can be prohibitively expensive. Are there any other options for LALDEF’s clients? Is there a way to advocate for change?
New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Historical Commission
equality in cultural preservation and representation
New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the New Jersey Historical Commission are investigating how their organizations can serve the state's new immigrant groups and racial minorities and what research is needed to understand their histories, communities, and cultural organizations. According to the 2012 census, the fastest growing immigrant populations are Latino and Asian. What histories are important to these and other immigrant groups and racial minorities? Are they being preserved? Are these populations represented in the collections in museums and other institutions in the state? How can the NJCH and the NJHC build on the successes of initiatives and programming in other states by adapting their strategies to NJ? A literature review would be an excellent starting point before designing a broad survey study.
New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation
research supporting NJ employers
The New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJPRO) Foundation is an independent affiliate of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association . NJPRO is New Jersey’s leading policy organization conducting innovative, timely and practical research on issues of importance to NJ employers. NJPRO’s current projects and interests include:
How is the business community protecting companies and their consumers from cyberattack? Is there a need for government intervention?
Why are other states with high taxes and living costs, such as California and Massachusetts, attracting more prominent industries such as the pharmaceutical industry?
How well are professional women in the state doing as compared to the rest of the nation?
NJPRO has many other research interests and is open to exploring projects proposed by students.