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Education as Disruption Virtual Intensive

Thank you for attending the 2024 Virtual Intensive!

2024 Education as Disruption Virtual Intensive

This year's theme, 'More Than Words: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Action,' featured interactive breakout sessions presented by partners across Rutgers where participants built capacity to engage across difference, explored tools for institutional transformation, and promoted community as we collectively work towards inclusion. See below for this year's event program.

Day 1, Session 1: 10:15am-11:25am

March 27

Transformational Practices for Co-creating Stronger Communities

Co-Creating Spaces of Belonging for BIPOC Affectional and Gender Diverse College Students: Practical Approaches (Wil Vargas, CAPS)

Fostering a Sense of Belonging: Connecting to your personal passion for change (Jessy Cocciolone, Office of Social Justice and Belonging, Rutgers–Camden)

Beyond the Check Mark: Building a Community that Celebrates Diversity & Actively Challenges Inequitable Actions to Improve Feelings of Belonging (Brianna Livelli, Restorative Justice Coordinator & Tori Glascock, Research Project Coordinator, Division of Student Affairs)

Reflecting on Disability towards University Transformation (Jeff Friedman, Mason Gross School of the Arts)


Day 1, Session 2: 11:30am-12:40pm  

March 27

Building Our Capacity to Support Others

Healing Together: Research and Practice for Navigating Life Transitions (Krista Klein, Ph.D., Acting Associate Dean, Rutgers–New Brunswick Honors College)

Building the Social-Emotional Competencies Essential for Effective Disruption (Maurice Elias, PhD, Professor of Psychology Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools)

The Trauma of Invisible Disabilities (Alexis Appezzato M.S.Ed., LAC, SAC | Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services & Marjolein (Maddy) Zijdel, MSW, LSW, C-DBT, Assistant Director of Clinical Support at the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance)

Supporting Neurodiverse Students (Cindy Poore-Pariseau & Jenna Rose, Office of Disability Services)

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Day 2, Session 1: 12:15pm-1:25pm  

April 3

Inclusivity in Action

Releasing Ego to Center DEI in Your Student Engagement/Outreach Strategy (Airelle Smith, Assistant Director for Career Advocacy & Professional Inclusion, Rutgers University Office of Career Exploration & Success)

Disrupting Linguistic Discrimination in Higher Education: Cultivating Practices of Linguistic Inclusivity (Dr. Nicole M. Houser, Assistant Dean for Curriculum Internationalization, Rutgers Global-Study Abroad & Nela Navarro, Assistant Teaching Professor-English Department)

Moving Past Judgement to Connection: Our Personal Culture Molecule (Stephanie Klotz, Rutgers School of Social Work)

The Inclusive Online Teaching Rubric: A Tool for Self-Reflection and Online Course Design Evaluation (Mary Labrada, Sr. Instructional Designer, DEI & STEM Specialist, Teaching & Learning with Technology)

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Day 2, Session 2: 1:30-2:40pm  

April 3

Identity and Experience

The Importance of Peer Mentoring for Transfer Students (Karla Esquilín-Lebrón, Ph.D.-Teaching Instructor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology-SEBS & Ines Rauschenbach, Ph.D.-Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Microbiology-SEBS)

Impact of Identities, Biases and Fears on the Learning of International Students (Anu Gupta, Assistant Dean, Global Academic Programs, Rutgers Global)

Supporting Black Women's Advancement in Academia and Beyond (Dr. Rai Tonicia King Ed.D., Leadership and Learning, Vanderbilt University & Instructor, Douglass College)

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The EAD Virtual Intensive is a virtual event hosted by University Equity and Inclusion and the Diversity Education Network that provides an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to take advantage of unviersitywide diversity education and bias prevention offerings. The Diversity Education Network is a universitywide network of units engaged in equity, access, diversity, inclusion, and justice capacity building.

  • The EAD Virtual Intensive is an annual opportunity for Rutgers University staff, faculty, and students to deepen the knowledge and skills required to support critical self-reflection and learning, foster positive relationships, and enable institutional transformation. Content changes from Intensive to Intensive, but all offerings equip attendees to work toward inclusion in their learning and workplace environments. The 2024 Intensive provides an opportunity to learn grow knowledge across four themes over two days: Transformational Practices for Co-creating Stronger Communities and Building Our Capacity to Support Others on March 27th and Inclusivity in Action and Identity and Experience on April 3rd.

  • Attendees will be able to selection the sessions they plan to attend and share accommodations required for full participation during the registration process. Auto-generated live transcription will be available for all sessions. Please contact the organizer ( to cancel registration prior to the Intensive if you are no longer able to attend the event.

  • Staff, Faculty, and Students across Rutgers University are the event's primary audiences. This is one of the few university wide opportunities for faculty and staff to deepen their equity, diversity, and inclusion knowledge and to grow their capacity to act on this knowledge. Rutgers alumni and community partners are invited to register.

  • In partnership with Media Productions, the Intensive is a real-time, live-streamed experience to ensure access to all registered participants, regardless of physical location. Recorded sessions will only be available to registered participants.

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