Partnerships & Engagement Team
Jennifer M. Bucalo, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Partnerships and Engagement for the Academic Foundations Center and the Director of the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network at Rutgers University- Newark (RU-N). In addition, Jennifer teaches a course she developed, Health Disparities: Impact on Urban Communities in the Department of Urban Education at RU-N. Prior to this she was the Director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development for the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC). Jennifer is an experienced bilingual urban education professional with over 15 years of experience within K-16 schools in NYC and Newark. Strongly skilled in curriculum development, communication and working in collaboration with others, she is highly motivated and a committed team leader with a passion for diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and the arts.
Jennifer co-founded, ImVisible, an initiative which focuses on expressing the migrant experience through music, art, and poetry. In addition, she co-founded Healing Sounds of Newark a monthly platform which honors incredible sounds and talent in the brick city. Her career has been shaped with the commitment to collaborate, create opportunities for underrepresented students, and empower women. Her groundbreaking research, College Persistence, Resiliency, and Factors Contributing to the Latina Collegian Experience in 2019 earned her the AERA Latina/o/x Research SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award. Jennifer has also published and presented research on cancer prevention and health promotion.
She is passionate about giving back to Rutgers and the Newark community and serves as a volunteer for the RU-N staff council, Career Development Center Advisory Board, Honors Board, Women’s History Month Committee, and the Branch Brook Park Alliance as a Community Ambassador. Jennifer is currently working with her students and local artists to create a mural in the city of Newark in collaboration with Project for Empty Spaces. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. in Urban Systems with a concentration in Urban Education from Rutgers University, Newark and holds a M.A. and B.A. with honors from Hofstra University.
Danielle Beltran, Ed.M serves as the Student counselor for the Partnerships and Engagement department of the Academic Foundations Center at Rutgers University- Newark. Danielle holds a Masters degree in Education with a focus in Culture & Society from Rutgers University-New Brunswick , a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark and holds a Bachelors of Science in Business from Montclair State University. Prior to joining AFC, Danielle served as Program Coordinator for The Rutgers Business School-Newark.Danielle has over seven years of experience in student programming, advising, mentoring and leading operations tailored to provide support and students. Danielle’s experience has predominately been in higher education as it is a passion of hers to work with students and in the educational forum. She is especially excited to be at the Academic Foundations Center where she can continue to work with students and assist them as much as possible in the various areas that she is needed.