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DICE Pre College host Douglass Externs Scholars during Spring Break

While numerous Rutgers students were off enjoying a relaxing Spring Break, two Douglass students alternately completed a weeklong Externship with the office of Pre-College Initiatives & College Success in the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement through Douglass Externship program. This one-week experience provided the students with a glimpse into the day-to-day workday of Karen Hale, Senior Program Coordinator.  The Reilly Program at the BOLD Center at Douglass organizes the job shadowing or externship program. 

Travis Anane

The goal of Access Week, organized by Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement is “to broaden awareness and amplify the equity and access programs and initiatives that exist on the New Brunswick campus,” said Tiffiny Butler, the associate vice chancellor for educational equity at DICE. 

Salvador Mena

Salvador Mena, vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been named one of the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Senior Index Impact Fellows.  

Founded in 1949, the Aspen Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit policy and research organization committed to “realizing a free, just, and equitable society.”  

VPVA staff members pose for a photo in front of the Clothesline Project. From L-R: Will Zarillo, Rebecca Vazquez, Lisa Smith, Erin Snyder, Jonel Vilches.

October marks the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (DVAM), a month dedicated to bringing advocates and community members together to end domestic violence. At Rutgers University—New Brunswick, the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), with its campus partners, has taken a lead on providing support and programming during DVAM.

Pride Bus

Keywuan Caulk had a vision of a Rutgers Pride Bus – a loud, proud and mobile celebration of inclusion.


A group of scientists, experts, and representatives from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia convened for a mid-Atlantic Regional One Health Consortium Conference at Rutgers University last week.

Black Bibliography Project

A Rutgers researcher is teaming up with a professor from Yale to develop a digital database dedicated to the study of Black-authored and Black-published books, magazines and newspapers. 

Latinas Excelling at Doctoral Degrees

The Latinas Excelling at Doctoral Degrees program will include discussions and workshops on topics such as cultural and academic isolation, cultural values and academic expectations, peer support and mentorship, as well as identity, advocacy, and research design. Each workshop is developed to create dialogue and combat the common challenges Latinas face in the academy.

Sabrina Charles

Sabrina Charles is spending her summer doing painstaking research that will one day inform the care a burgeoning New Brunswick nonprofit clinic provides to groups such as expectant mothers of color.


"Collaborating with my classmates turned out to be an awesome experience,” said Thiffany Fernandes, one of the four Journalism and Media Studies students who worked on the award-winning film.

Collage of heads in various tones

Members of the Network Contagion Lab at Rutgers University-New Brunswick (NC Lab) found evidence of a sharp rise and evolving patterns of hate speech directed toward the Hindu community across numerous social media platforms, according to a new report.

Eddie Malague, a soon-to-be-senior at Rutgers, helping prepare to-go meals at Elijah's Promise.

Eddie Malague signed up for the Rutgers Summer Service Initiative, which seeks to provide meaningful summer internship experiences to Rutgers Camden, New Brunswick and Newark undergraduate students at public service-orientated non-profit organizations and direct-service government offices while expanding their knowledge and skills to engage as active citizens. Malague’s experiences over the past five or six weeks are precisely what Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway envisioned when he announced the service initiative at his inauguration speech on Nov. 5, 2021.

Dean of Students Provides Crucial Student Support

While the Division of Student Affairs offers students opportunities to connect, grow, and learn throughout their time at Rutgers, it also provides them with the support they need during periods of crisis. The Dean of Students Office is one such office dedicated to supplying that necessary support.

The CROWN Act. Black Women: 80% feel they need to change their hair to fit in and are 1.5x more likely to be sent home from the workplace.

Rutgers Professor Patricia O’Brien-Richardson says “encouraging hair positivity from a young age is critical.”

Roxane Gay headshot

Roxane Gay, an internationally recognized writer, editor, cultural critic and educator, has been selected as the next Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

Nine on Title IX

Half a century after this groundbreaking gender-equity legislation was signed into law, nine informed voices from Rutgers’ esteemed faculty offer their own reflections and unique perspectives on its far-reaching effects.

Pride Bus

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities (SJE) is commemorating its 30th anniversary, as well as the 50+ years of LGBT organizations on campus, with a colorful pride wrap that will soon appear on a campus bus.

Harshita Jain

Raised under the principles of Jainism, Harshita Jain wanted the ancient Indian religion to be integral to her college experience. When she arrived at Rutgers–New Brunswick in 2018, the Honors College senior found a strong Jain community.


Alex Silvis, MGSA '22, was inspired by his brother Connor to explore autism and ADHD through his senior dance project.

COVID Vaccine

Rutgers Global Health Institute is helping underserved communities in Essex, Mercer, and Middlesex counties hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic offer residents accessible vaccination and testing.

GSE Candidate Fellows Group Shot

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) is working with school districts throughout New Jersey—where 82 percent of public school teachers are white compared to 44 percent of the student population—to increase the recruitment and retention of teachers of color.


Every Wednesday after school this spring, students at the Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts in New Brunswick have been moving, dancing, leaping and twisting, all while learning about community, emotions and identity.

group of students speaking

A nationally recognized wellness assessment that measures college students' mental health revealed some concerning trends with more than half of students at Rutgers University-New Brunswick reporting they have experienced distress.

2022 Study. The Women's Power Gap at Elite Universities. Scaling the Ivory Tower.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick is a national leader in higher education for elevating women from diverse backgrounds to leadership roles, according to a study conducted by the Eos Foundation’s Women’s Power Gap (WPG) Initiative.

Jennifer Damis-Jones and Kelly Moore

While many COVID-19 restrictions and mandates have eased, allowing college students to return to the classroom, continued racial strife, negative effects from frequent social media usage and the aftermath of the pandemic continue to impact student mental health throughout the U.S.

Close up of child's hands holding a painted pot

In collaboration with Piscataway Township Schools, Rutgers-New Brunswick’s Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement (DICE) helped Piscataway school children celebrate Spring through art. The ‘Celebrating Arbor Art Contest’ welcomed all pre-K through 12 students to participate in the inaugural district-wide Arbor Day event.

Diverse group of male and female students sitting on large red and white letters that spell out Revolutionary.

COVID-19 may have disrupted university life, but it did not disconnect the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement’s (DICE) Educational Equity programs from the students they are charged to serve. Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science, Student Support Services (SSS), and the McNair Scholars Program are federally-funded TRiO programs that form the Educational Equity group, which promotes the success of historically underserved students on the New Brunswick campus.Summary goes here

Khalil Gibran Muhammad delivers Rutgers' James Dickson Carr Lecture.

The future of our democracy depends not on overcoming our racist past, but on embracing the history of those who struggle for equality, Harvard Kennedy School scholar Khalil Gibran Muhammad told a Rutgers audience Thursday while delivering his James Dickson Carr Lecture at the Busch Student Center in Piscataway.

Woman in graduation cap and gown, smiling and talking on a cell phone wearing a sticker that says first generation.

Led by the Division of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement, Rutgers University-New Brunswick will host its eighth annual Access Week, Feb. 15-19, to champion educational equity and help unlock pathways for success for current and prospective first-generation, low-income and other underserved students.

Empty Lecture Hall with an image projected on the front board

Rutgers is hosting its annual, week-long initiative called Access Week, which provides various programming opportunities for students and aims to create awareness surrounding first-generation, low-income and other underserved student communities, according to the initiative's website.

Larry Traylor - Bridge to a doctorate

Larry Traylor arrived at Rutgers-New Brunswick in the fall of 2016 as an aspiring policy analyst eager to dive into his double major in political science and Africana studies – with even bigger goals in mind. Though Traylor planned to attend graduate school after earning his bachelor’s, he felt uncertain about the admissions process and which of the many advanced degree and funding options to pursue. 

Rutgers Today Black History reflections

Members of the Rutgers community share their thoughts on the past, present, and future.

Paying It Forward

Rashel Reyes in front of New Brunswick Public Library

Civic Voices audio project by Rutgers Bonner Leaders highlight work of New Brunswick organizations they serve.

Myles Johnson

Myles Johnson, who is studying engineering, launched BLKdev after a lifetime of not seeing many others like him in the classroom.

Kat Gonzalez stands in front of storefront window

Temporary art installations created by Rutgers students as part of month-long project are displayed on storefronts and restaurant windows in New Brunswick.