Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Who We Are

The Division serves as a strategic campus partner to support the burgeoning needs of a diverse community. We are building capacity to lead strategic and campus-wide efforts to advance diversity and inclusion, emphasizing diversity education and outreach to promote personal and professional growth to foster a climate of inclusion within a diverse community, and establishing partnerships to support coordination with existing campus diversity efforts. We have a core objective to develop strategy and an understanding of our shared responsibility to nurture institutional diversity and build community.

To achieve our strategic vision we have realigned existing units to encourage collaboration. The Educational Equity Group consists of three federal TRIO programs (Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, Student Support Services, and Upward Bound/Upward Bound Math-Science) and houses foundation/institutional partnerships, and special initiatives (summer Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Graduate Education Preparation program and the Paul Robeson Success Institute) that take place during the summer and academic year. These initiatives support college transition, target timely degree completion and post-baccalaureate preparation for historically underrepresented, low-income and/or first-generation students. 

The Collaborative Center for Community Based Research and Service serves as the Rutgers-New Brunswick’s multi-disciplinary center dedicated to civic engagement and community-based learning. The Collaborative Center’s core mission is to support faculty and students’ efforts to apply academic concepts in partnership with non-profit organizations with the goal of bettering the communities in which Rutgers resides. Led by Amy Michael, the Collaborative Center runs seven signature programs, supports over 20 Rutgers’ Departments/Institutes/Centers, and partners with over 50 community organizations, educational institutions, and non-profits.

What We Do

  • Move our community values from ideals to actions.

  • Support university schools and departments, in order to recruit and retain a diverse faculty.

  • Strengthen the retention of diverse faculty and staff through building intentional community.

  • Promote opportunities for staff, students, and faculty to contribute creative, innovative, and grassroots efforts to advance an inclusive campus culture.

  • Partner with other Rutgers offices and departments to create, promote, and implement universitywide policies that advance diversity and inclusion.

  • Provide students with resources and learning opportunities including community-based internships that prepare them to engage as contributing members of a diverse society.

  • Foster diverse academic, arts, and cultural programming.

  • Produce in-depth programming on challenges faced by diverse communities.

  • Promote opportunities for faculty research and teaching that advance understanding of diversity, inclusion, equity, and access.

  • Encourage and provide support for ongoing collaborations with community, state, national, and international stakeholders.

  • Communicate the institutional commitment to diversity widely.