Safety measures in response to COVID-19 such as social distancing have altered how we create and experience togetherness in our daily lives. While these efforts have sought to preserve the well-being of ourselves and others, it may also feel isolating and disorienting when the realities are uncertain and ever-evolving. 

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 Staying connected to students and cultivating a sense of community are harder at a distance than in a classroom. But those goals are not impossible.

Following are 10 tips, drawn from experts on the ground, to support students at a time of crisis…



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.

“We can choose to build a new civic culture that sees our history not as an unfortunate diversion from the…



We’re fighting a bully we can’t see.

The invisible adversary, coronavirus, limits our ability to interact, to touch, to go. It intensifies anxieties and amplifies the silence of solitude.For the millions of blind and visually-impaired Americans the pandemic raises new issues around safety,…



More than six decades since the death of 14-year-old Emmett Till, the African-American teenager whose 1955 lynching helped spark the civil rights movement, Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr., a cousin who is the last living witness to his abduction, still struggles with the horrific memory.

“Sometimes I think about Emmett and it feels like a nightmare that didn’t really happen,” Parker said. “I could hate the people who did this to him…