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Center for Human and Social Development

About the Center

The Center for Human and Social Development is a community resource for individuals, families, schools, and other organizations in need of support in order to thrive and achieve their goals. The activities of the Center provide opportunities for members of the College's community of learning to experience and learn from service to others.

The academic disciplines that drive the programs in the Human and Social Development Area are united in their interest in improving the human condition for all members of society in each of the environments in which they find themselves; be that home, school, or workplace.

The current focus of the Center is promoting the social emotional learning (SEL) and character development (CD) of children and the development of positive and respectful school cultures and climates in K-12 schools. To achieve this objective, the Center has established a School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab and engaged in three Initiatives.

Learn more about each of these below.

Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Supported by a grant from the NoVo Foundation, which is committed to children's social-emotional learning, CSE has partnered with Rutgers University to create the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools.

School Culture and Climate Initiative

The School Culture and Climate Initiative provides school districts in northern New Jersey with the means to improve their culture and climate resulting in an environment where children can thrive.

School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab

The Center's School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab provides assessment and data collection support on an individual basis to schools who want to assess their perceived culture and climate.

SEL and CD Training Initiative

This initiative trains future teachers, educational leaders, and school counselors to incorporate skills development in children's SEL and CD as well as how to assess and address school culture and climate.

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Founded in 1899 by the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, the College of Saint Elizabeth has a strong tradition of concern for the poor, for developing leadership in a spirit of service and social responsibility, and a commitment to the promotion of women as full partners in society.

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