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Access Week 2/18-2/22/19

Rutgers – New Brunswick enrolls a diverse population of students and possesses a strong commitment to diversity and access. This diverse population includes significant numbers of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students. These students face many challenges that often impede their chances of attaining a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Challenges include, but are not limited to, inadequate academic skills, financial constraints, family issues, and limited knowledge of college culture and beyond.

Student Access & Educational Equity (SAEE) is comprised of nine administrative units that work collectively to increase retention and graduation rates and break through historical challenges. Access Week offers a week of community programming and dialogue to create campus awareness for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. The week is filled with a range of notable and renowned speakers, dynamic workshops, and educational community service opportunities.

6th Annual Access Week events include: 

  • I AM COLLEGEBOUND: College Fair & Youth Summit - Monday, February 18, 2019, 8:30am-2:00pm, College Avenue Student Center: The College Fair & Youth Summit hosted for Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science high-school participants provides dynamic workshops, speakers, and trainings led by Rutgers undergraduates to aid in preparing students for college. Are you an undergraduate student interested in volunteering or facilitating a workshop? Please email
  • RU1st Forum - Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 9:00am-12:00pm, College Avenue Student Center: A panel of national experts will speak on the affairs of first-generation students and services to support this population. Attendees will learn best practices to help facilitate retention and four-year graduation rates of students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY. Register Here!
  • James Dickson Carr Lecture Series – Laura Coates: Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 6:30pm-9:00pm, Busch Student Center - The lecture series, named in honor of James Dickson Carr who was the first African American graduate of Rutgers University, invites public intellectuals to visit campus to discuss pressing issues of diversity, access, and equity in a public lecture and open dialogue with the Rutgers community. Laura Coates, law professor, esteemed attorney, political commentator, author, and radio talk show host will serve as this years’ lecturer.   OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY. Register Here!
  • Graduate School Preparation Summit: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm, Livingston Student Center  - Interested in graduate school and not sure where to start? Join us to learn more about the graduate school application process! Dr. James H. Whitney III will host an interactive workshop to share tips and strategies on how to master the application process. Attendees will have the opportunity to win FREE GRE preparation materials and more! Email for registration information.
  • "Read to the Youth" Literacy Campaign - Friday, February 22, 2019, 6:30am-12:00pm: As a part of the National TRIO Day celebration, established in 1986 by Congress, Rutgers TRIO programs will read to students in the local Plainfield Public Schools to support literacy improvement. Children book donations (in “good” condition) will be accepted until Friday, February 15, 2019. Please deliver donations to Lucy Stone Hall, 3rd Floor, Room A315. OPEN TO ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS.  Register Here!