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Sam Kanig: Community Fellow in Residence 2018-2019

The College of New Jersey’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research is excited to introduce its inaugural Community Fellow in Residence, Sam Kanig. Sam has been a leader in the Latinx community in Trenton for more than a decade. He was the founding president of the Puerto Rican Civic Association, he was the founder of Galería Casa Cultura, and has been central in building connections across the Latinx community in Trenton. Sam is currently working with three TCNJ faculty members on projects that highlight the contributions the Puerto Rican community has made, and continues to make, to Trenton and the region.

In his role as Community Fellow in Residence, Sam is available to meet with campus community members to develop projects and learn more about his and your work, to meet with classes as a guest speaker or presenter, and to partner with campus community members and offices on any relevant community- or campus-based activity linking TCNJ and the Trenton/Ewing community. He can be contacted at

To support this work, Sam receives a year-long stipend and a modest programming budget. Housed in TCNJ’s Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research, the Community Fellow receives administrative support, workspace, and institutional affiliation through the CELR Center. This position is funded through a Strategic Initiative grant from TCNJ’s Committee on Strategic Planning and Priorities.

About the Community Fellow in Residence program:

As part of the College’s efforts to engage in richer ways with the Trenton/Ewing community, and as a program of the Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research (CELR Center), the Community Fellow supports the mission and values of TCNJ and the CELR Center through the development of programming, partnerships, and projects that build on the Fellow’s passions, knowledge, and experience.

The purposes of this program are:

  • to build long-term, mutually beneficial relationships between Trenton/Ewing community members and organizations and TCNJ students, faculty, and staff;
  • to provide an opportunity for TCNJ students, faculty, and staff to learn from, and contribute to, the Fellow’s experience and knowledge around a particular issue and/or project;
  • to create a network of TCNJ and Trenton/Ewing resident leaders committed to building stronger ties among the TCNJ, Trenton, and Ewing communities; and
  • to provide an opportunity for Trenton/Ewing resident leaders to be a part of the academic and social fabric of TCNJ.