Our Beloved Community
A "beloved community" is defined by a commitment to work together to embody, reflect, and respect the complexities of all our parts.
Rutgers’ campuses, distinct in location and culture, make up a thriving university composed of students, faculty, and staff from all lived experiences.
This tapestry of identities, experiences, and backgrounds informs the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion universitywide. We embrace our differences and are committed to fostering a sense of community and belonging that offers respect in words and actions.
We must all be prepared to ask hard questions of ourselves: whom do we acknowledge and how? Who matters to us and why? Our beloved community must hold space for all of its inhabitants, even when we disagree.
As part of that work, we have launched the PICTURING A BELOVED COMMUNITY POSTER SERIES, which defines our core values and aspirations, outlining how we aim to interact with these values as ideals and action-oriented goals:
Work towards INCLUSION and Respect DIFFERENCE
Provide OPPORTUNITY and ensure ACCESS
Value INNOVATION and promote LEADERSHIP
Foster GLOBAL REACH and honor HUMANITY
Located in one of the most diverse states in the country, diversity is Rutgers’ strength, but is that diversity the product of happenstance or is it intentional? How we engage with our community on our journey to greater equity and inclusion will determine the endurance of our commitment beyond this moment in history.
Download the Beloved Community Poster
Get the first poster in the series.