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The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services Community Center

Rutgers has opened a new building to better serve adults with autism spectrum disorder through vocational and recreational programs, making it possible to expand existing programs to address a growing need in New Jersey, which has the highest autism rates in the country.

The Rutgers Center for Adult Autism Services Community Center, a 10,000-square-foot facility on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, is the first of its kind at a higher education institution in the United States. The $9.5 million project was financed with philanthropic funds.

Enobong (Anna) Branch

President Jonathan Holloway promoted Enobong (Anna) Branch, sociology scholar and author, who also manages the division of diversity, inclusion and community engagement at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, to her new role in August 2020. Branch’s first order of business: lead the University Equity Audit Holloway commissioned to identify areas for improvement and the next steps to make Rutgers a national leader in diversity, equity and inclusion. The results, published in the report “In Pursuit of Excellence,” rated the university’s efforts between fair and good when it comes to incorporating best practices.

Zoom bombing and racial time theft by Melissa Wooten - African American man looking shocked after looking at some harmful comments seen during a zoom meeting

During the opening night, virtual Alumni Mixer for Access Week, a participant wrote a racist message in the Zoom chat and the “N” word across the screen. We identified the participant and promptly removed the person from the meeting. The incident was reported to university authorities. Our guest speaker was gracious with his time and stayed until everyone who had a question received an answer.

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President Jonathan Holloway in front of a microphone talking

Jonathan Holloway is a leading scholar of Black history, a professor at Yale University for many years, a deep-dive academic who has written and edited several tomes on the topic.

Vice Chancellor Sherri-Ann Butterfield and Express Newark Director and Professor in English  Fran Bartkowski convene at Shine Portrait Studio

In this video, Sherri-Ann Butterfield and Fran Bartkowski from Rutgers–Newark discuss their joint class on Black Lives Matter and HBO's "The Wire."

The new directors from left to right: Patrick Rosal, Rutgers-Camden; Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Rutgers-New Brunswick; Gregory Pardlo, Rutgers-Camden; Elise Boddie, Rutgers-Newark.

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers (ISGRJ) named four of the university’s most distinguished academic scholars in civil rights, history, literature, and creative writing as directors of campus branches across the university and launched a postdoctoral program supporting research in anti-racism and social inequality.

Pictures of Hardenbergh Hall, Frelinghuysen Hall, Wood Lawn Mansion, Livingston Campus,

Rutgers is taking new steps to acknowledge its connection to slavery and racial injustice with the creation of four additional historical markers that tell the story of its early benefactors whose families made their fortunes through the slave economy.

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Michelle Stephens smiling wearing a blue jacket in front of a brown building

Michelle Stephens is steering the work of the new institute, funded through a $15 million five-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that will bring together scholars from across the university to use humanistic theories, methods and approaches to study global issues of race and social justice.

Williams grabs a cup of coffee prior to attending The New Yorker Festival

Patience Williams is awarded a 2020-21 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship.

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