Thrive Here

We provide academic support in partnership with schools, departments, and units to ensure that student have experiences beyond the classroom that enable them to thrive.

  • Trips & Enrichment Activities
    • Alumni–Student Mixers: To help promote and facilitate connections between students and alumni, particularly among underrepresented students, while also providing alumni-to-alumni networking opportunities.
    • United Nations Visit: In partnership with Rutgers Global and the Department of Africana Studies, we take students outside the classroom to provide an in-depth look into important world matters such as human rights, sustainable development, climate change, children armed in conflict, and more.
    • Visit Washington, D.C: Includes visits to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Smithsonian, and various congressional offices.
  • Educational Courses to increase retention and graduation rates among historically underrepresented students by providing experiences inside and outside the classroom. Courses are administered through the Department of Africana Studies in collaboration with our office:
    • RU1st Byrne Seminar: Paul Robeson as a Global Citizen (01:090:101): Introduction to the life and legacy of Paul Robeson, an esteemed Rutgers alumnus. Students learn how Robeson embodied the idea of "global citizenship." Educational Outreach provides an annual trip to foster intercultural awareness and address black culture and research.
    • Black Male Identity (01:014:207): This course examines historical, sociological, psychological, and political factors that influence the identity of the black man in the United States.
    • Mentoring & Civic Responsibility (01:014:209): Introduce prospective mentors for the summer and fall semesters to competencies that will aid them to serve as peer mentors with a focus on mentoring students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented in higher education.
    • Paul Robeson Leadership Certificate: Prepare future leaders for the pursuit of equity and humanitarianism in the spirit of Paul Robeson, one of Rutgers’ most notable graduates. The certificate requires 13.5 credits and a grade of "C" or better.
  • We also partner with Student Affairs to offer a wide array of programs, services, and opportunities that enhance the overall student experience by cultivating student learning and success outside the classroom:
    • In partnership with the Center for Latino Arts & Culture (CLAC), Educational Outreach sponsors undergraduate students to engage in an Alternative Spring Break experience centered on community service. The experience offers students an affordable opportunity for immersion and learning abroad.
    • Rites of Passage Ceremony, administered by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC), is a pre-commencement celebration to honor Black and Latinx-identified students who through persistence have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at Rutgers–New Brunswick.
    • Paul Robeson Living-Learning Community: Established in 1976, a symbol of acknowledgment of the late Paul Robeson, this community encourages interaction and involvement, scholarship, and self-growth. Community members stress cultural enrichment and awareness among themselves, other members of the residence hall, and the Rutgers community.