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Center for Economic and Social Justice

Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ) 

The CESJ project concerns the rehabilitation and repurposing of the David Dudley House located on RCC’s campus and within the Roxbury Heights Historic District listed on the Massachusetts State Register of Historic Places. Built in 1825, the Dudley House originally served as a private home but was turned over to the Archdiocese of Boston in the late 1800s and to nonprofit educational and human service providers in 1970. It is currently vacant and in disrepair. RCC seeks to restore the exterior of the building in keeping with its original time period while adapting the interior to new uses, while retaining as much historic interior detailing as possible.


interim president jenkins-scott and ed markey present in front of the former dudley house, which will become the center for economic and social justice at RCC

Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Friday, June 21, at 10am, join Roxbury Community College and Senator Ed Markey to celebrate the start of exterior renovations to the Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ)! Learn more and RSVP by clicking or tapping the RSVP button below: 

RSVP for June 21 CESJ Groundbreaking Ceremony

Project Updates

Project Timeline

When rehabilitated, Dudley House will provide a dedicated site for RCC’s Center for Economic and Social Justice (CESJ), a brand-new educational center focused on preparing low-income students and students of color to obtain jobs and develop their own small businesses in the growing green tech and energy efficiency sectors. The building itself will be rehabbed with green materials and systems so as to model energy efficiency both for students and community members. RCC will then collaborate with community-based organizations to bring student learning into the community. Students will gain hands-on experience while helping low-income property owners to adapt their homes and businesses for greater energy efficiency and affordability.

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RCC CESJ Community Feedback Form

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