Program Goals

Rutgers University is committed to fostering a campus climate where every student, faculty, staff member, alumni, and visitor feels welcomed, affirmed, included, and valued. To realize this vision, all members of the campus community must be engaged in this important work. In the spirit of cultivating this environment, the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement offers a yearlong sustained dialogue program for faculty and staff.

These yearlong, bi-weekly learning communities are designed to engage faculty and staff seeking to develop their critical consciousness, engage in meaningful cross-cultural dialogue, and develop greater capacity for social equity through change agency. We invite all Rutgers faculty, staff, and administrators to consider applying and become connected with like-minded colleagues invested in this work.

What Are The Goals Of This Program?

  • To engage faculty/staff/administrators in a sustained dialogue that fosters heightened empathy, cultural awareness, and challenges of stigmatized populations within Rutgers University
  • To impart concrete strategies to improve interpersonal engagement and cultural appreciation of our diverse body of students, colleagues and university stakeholders.
  • To foster an overall culture of shared responsibility for culturally-informed engagement across divisions/disciplines/ professional hierarchy.
  • To develop a highly visible project that directly addresses the university’s strategic priorities, foundational elements and themes, which include: Inclusive, Diverse and Cohesive Culture, Transform the Student Experience, and Cultures, Diversity and Inequality.
  • To cultivate change agency skills among faculty/staff/administrators that enhance their ability to address structural inequities, cultivate a climate of inclusion, and inform equitable practices in settings where program participants have direct influence (ex. inclusive hiring practices, programmatic initiatives, classroom instruction/curriculum, supervision/coaching of diverse teams, university policy and leadership practices)
  • To improve the overall sense of belonging among stigmatized populations within Rutgers University- including students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders.
  • To develop a sustained network of program participants and program “alum” following completion of program offering, increasing institutional cohesiveness and a shared commitment to inclusion among campus professionals.
Structure and Schedule

Learning community participants will be assigned to a cohort comprised of two trained participant-facilitators and eight participants. Each cohort will be assembled with the intention of connecting colleagues across academic disciplines, departments, divisions, schools, professional roles, social identities, and other aspects of their background.

Participants will join their cohort from 2pm-4pm every other Thursday during the traditional academic semester to engage in a sustained dialogue over two semesters (16 meetings total).

All participants have been chosen for the 2019-2020 academic year. Check back in Spring 2020 for the next application cycle!

These dates will include:

Fall Dates

Spring Dates

September 12, 2019

January 23, 2020

September 26, 2019

February 6, 2020

October 10, 2019

February 20, 2020

October 24, 2019

March 5, 2020

November 7, 2019

March 19, 2020

November 21, 2019

April 2, 2020

December 5, 2019

April 16, 2020


April 30, 2020


May 21, 2020


Contact Us

This program is sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement. The working group that has developed this project includes faculty & staff across Rutgers University. You may contact any of the following individuals for information or reach out to Maren Greathouse at the Tyler Clementi Center via phone 848-445-1175 or by email to


Crystal Bedley, Research Project Manager
Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics
Office of the Senior Vice President

Stacey Blackwell, Senior Director
Rutgers Learning Centers

Eliza Blau, Instructional Designer
Rutgers Teaching and Learning with Technology

Curtis Chan, Residence Life Coordinator
Department of Residence Life

Aisha Ciafullo, Developmental Specialist
Training & Professional Development Programs Rutgers Learning Centers

Nora Devlin, Doctoral Student
Department of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education

Christopher Drue, Associate Director of Teaching Evaluation
Center for Teaching Advancement & Assessment Research

Glenda Garcia-Rivera, Director of Professional Development and Training
Center for Women and Work, School of Labor Relations

Maren Greathouse, Director
Tyler Clementi Center, Division of Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Engagement

Sari Katzen, Program Coordinator of Integrated Academic Support Programs
Rutgers Learning Centers

Sarah Kelly, Graduate Practicum Director & Alumni Relations
Rutgers School of Public Health

Kasey March, Developmental Specialist
Upward Bound Program, TRIO Programs

L.M. Miller, Library Associate- Access Services
Rutgers New Brunswick Libraries (Math)

Keith Murphy, Senior Substance Abuse Counselor;
Alcohol & Other Drug Assistance Program, Rutgers Counseling Center

Roberto Orozco, Doctoral Student
Department of Higher Education, Graduate School of Education

Dan Rice, Interim Director

Cynthia Sanchez-Gomez, Director
SAS-DIMACS Computer Science Living-Learning Community & Bristol-Myers Squibb STEM Mentoring Program, Douglass College

Lisa Sanon-Jules, Assistant Dean and Director for Academic Advising
Honors College

Alessandra Sperling, Department Administrator
Writing Program

Topher Sutton, Department Administrator
Rutgers Learning Centers

Darnell Thompson, Diversity Education Outreach Coordinator
Department of Residence Life

Camelia Watson, Events Coordinator
Rutgers Student Centers