About

We are excited to meet the needs of businesses and organizations in the Greater Rochester area by providing certificate and training programs through the Community Institutes at Roberts Wesleyan College, separate from the degree-based education we already offer.

The four individual Community Institutes will focus on local impact by building relationships with organizations in the Greater Rochester area. They will provide custom educational solutions and will draw upon faculty and community experts to provide organizations with training, research-based solutions and programs to effectively address needs.

Areas Served (Including, But Not Limited To):

  • Multilingual business settings
  • Corporations and/ or Businesses
  • Government
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Law Enforcement
  • School Districts
  • Churches

Current or Past Partners

Contact Information

Carrie Starr

Dr. Carrie Starr
Executive Director, Community Institutes at Roberts Wesleyan College
585.594.6257 | Starr_Carrie@roberts.edu

Dr. Carrie Starr works with institute directors and campus leaders to identify and cultivate community partners to support and expand the institute’s programs, as well as assist the entire advancement team to develop funding and grants for the institutes.  Dr. Starr directly oversees The Community Institutes at Roberts Wesleyan College, which includes Business Solutions, Justice & Security, English Language, Intellectual & Spiritual Humility and Westside Psychological Services.

Starr has served at the college since 2005 and brings more than two decades of leadership experience, fundraising, strategic planning and teaching to this new role. She previously served as the director of advancement for Northeastern Seminary. Starr also served as assistant professor of leadership in the School of Business and was the Hoselton chair of ethics and free enterprise. She led the nationally ranked Enactus team for undergraduate students and coached student leaders to identify needs in the community and meet those needs using business concepts and an entrepreneurial approach. Starr received the Enactus USA Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and was inducted into their hall of fame. Her team provided college and workforce readiness skills to more than 320 Rochester City School District students through the Elev8 program.

Starr earned a Doctor of Ministry in leadership, scripture and spirituality from Northeastern Seminary, as well as a master’s in theological and ministerial studies from Northeastern Seminary and a bachelor’s in elementary education from SUNY Oneonta. She was recently named a 2021 RBJ Women of Excellence honoree, which recognizes high-achieving women for their tremendous career accomplishments, community involvement and commitment to mentorship. A native of Montgomery, New York, Starr and her husband, Ervin, reside in Churchville and have three children.

Support the Community Institutes

If you'd like to support the Community Institutes, you can give to your chosen Institute below. Thank you for furthering our impact in the Greater Rochester area!