SPAA students and alumni have access to many leadership and community engagement opportunities via the school's events, initiatives, activities, and partner organizations.
September of each year
The Halsey Street Festival is an opportunity for Newark residents and community members to participate in games, arts activities, food, drinks, and music on Halsey Street as part of the Rutgers University–Newark Welcome Week activities in the beginning of September.
The Public Administration Graduate Student Association (PAGA) is the organization for all graduate students enrolled in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark. PAGA’s role is to help advance the educational, career, and social interest(s) of SPAA graduate students by offering a variety of academic, networking, and social events throughout the academic year.
April of each year
This free, university-wide, day-long event on a Saturday in late April of each year allows the community to experience hands-on learning activities, enjoy entertaining stage performances, and see exhibitions and demonstrations hosted by Rutgers accomplished professors, staff, and students.
For more information on how to participate as a representative of SPAA, visit: Rutgers Day
March of each year
This 24-hour fundraising initiative takes place across all of Rutgers, with SPAA students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends supporting the school in the weeks leading up to and on the day (a Wednesday in late March).
The Rutgers University–Newark Debate Team, founded in 2008, is sponsored by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and the Office of the Chancellor, Newark. The team is open to undergraduate students at the university.
The mission of the School of Public Affairs and Administration Alumni Network (SPAAAN) is to enhance the professional growth of alumni and students through networking, community engagement, and mentoring, and to cultivate support for the School of Public Affairs and Administration.
November & March of each year
On SPAA Service Days, the SPAA community (faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community
members) participate in a full day of service and volunteer throughout the city on a Saturday in November and March.
The SPAA Student Ambassador Program is a multi-level leadership opportunity for SPAA undergraduate and graduate students who believe and live in the values of competence, diversity, knowledge, ethics, and service. SPAA Ambassadors represent the School of Public Affairs and Administration in diverse activities that include admission, public engagement, marketing, and recognition events.