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Charles Chear

Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Instructor, Campus Coordinator, Newark

BA, Sociology, University of Massachusetts MSW, Boston University School of Social Work

Mr. Chear’s practice and research interests are Southeast Asian refugees and occupational health, alcohol policy, community development and organizing, and cultural responsiveness in social work.

(848) 932-7520 x2

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Charles Pen Khek Chear is Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Instructor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, Newark campus.

Chear has experience in domestic and international social work settings. He was the Outreach Director of a transnational program that addressed inequality by affording opportunities to American youth of color to learn and work in Cambodia and Mali. Other experiences include community organizing to address interracial violence and refugee needs.

Presently, Chear is conducting doctoral research. He is studying Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees operating alcohol outlets in high-violence areas in Philadelphia (the proverbial "liquor store in the 'hood"), and city and state policies prohibiting security measures, such as bullet-resistant glass, exclusively in their establishments.

Chear earned his BA in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts and his MSW at the Boston University School of Social Work. He is a trilingual speaker of Chaozhou Chinese (潮州話), Khmer (Cambodian), and English.

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