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Charles Chear

Assistant Director of Student Affairs, Instructor

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

Mr. Chear’s practice interests are Southeast Asian Americans and Muslim Americans from refugee backgrounds, community development and organizing, and cultural responsiveness in social work.

(848) 932-7520 x2


Charles Chear is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Instructor at Rutgers University School of Social Work, Newark campus. Chear has experience in a variety of social work settings, domestically and internationally. He was the co-founder/director of an international program for American youth of color, which brought participants to countries such as Cambodia and Mali. Other experiences include community development and organizing, and those addressing mental health, legal, and economic needs in refugee communities. In addition to a career in social work, he has prior experience in information technology, and the hip hop industry.

His current research and practice interests are community-led mental health and social welfare initiatives in the Muslim American community. More broadly, Chear is interested in how "culture" and "tradition" influence interpersonal and intergroup relations in poor communities impacted by mass violence and cycles of violence.

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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