Established Communiversity programming to extend the university’s reach beyond the borders of its campus as an extension of its mission to apply knowledge to the common purposes of life.
As Rensselaer reaches a new level of national and international prominence as a top-tier technological research university, our international reputation and global reach depend on the excellence of all we do on campus, and that is fostered in no small measure by our deep connection to our surroundings.
As it pursues global leadership in the 21st century, Rensselaer reaffirms its commitment to the communities that have nurtured the university since its founding in 1824.
As a citizen of Troy, New York, the greater Capital District region, and the Hartford, Connecticut metropolitan area, the university is keenly aware of its responsibilities to its nearest neighbors and of the power of collaborative approaches to shared goals. We believe that our greatness is inextricably linked to the vitality of the regions in which Rensselaer is located.
Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson underscores the importance of active partnership with the larger community in the term “communiversity” — a vision of the way institutions of higher learning and the cities, towns, and counties that serve as their homes can and should work together to ensure the viability and vibrancy of their shared communities.
When educational institutions and their host municipalities collaborate to improve the community’s quality of life, everyone benefits. The community has much to gain from tapping into the university’s resources and expertise. The community’s enhanced vitality, in turn, helps draw top students and faculty to the university and offers myriad opportunities for connecting learning with real-world challenges and opportunities.
The “Shoot for the Stars” program began in 2014 with children from the Troy City School District, and was designed to motivate students to improve their academic performance, attendance, and school behavior by rewarding the students and a guest with tickets to select Rensselaer Division I men’s and women’s ice hockey games.
Beginning in 2011, Rensselaer has celebrated National Manufacturing Day to share our visions, expertise, and the many career opportunities in manufacturing engineering with high school teachers, students, and regional industry members.
Black Families Technology Awareness Day, started in 2010, is a free annual event. It is designed to expose talented historically underrepresented middle school students in grades 6-8, their parents and guardians, and educators to educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, as well as the arts.
For over 15 years, Exploring Engineering Day has sparked the interest of young children in engineering and computer science through hands-on exploration.
Since 1996, eleventh grade high school girls with an aptitude in math and science have come to campus for an exciting day of hands-on exploration in engineering, science, and technology.
Troy Night Out is a monthly arts and cultural event that takes place on the last Friday of every month in downtown Troy, and is a wonderful opportunity for the Rensselaer community to explore all that Troy has to offer.
Rensselaer hosts a free community street festival in October open to the general public, along with Rensselaer students, faculty, and staff. This annual festival brings together entertainers, food vendors, crafters, and children's activities for a celebration of Fall.
Community Service Days are regular opportunities for Rensselaer students, alumni, faculty, and staff to help out local community organizations. Since Spring 1999, Rensselaer volunteers have contributed thousands of hours at neighborhood parks, museums, and social service organizations.