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Rutgers Forward

Pursuing Excellence and Inclusion Deliberately

Diversity Priorities

We defined five priorities encapsulating areas where the university needed to make progress that guided the diversity strategic planning process, allowing us to chart a course in the same direction even though we are not in the same boat.

University Diversity Plan

Rutgers University's first-ever Diversity Strategic Plan was released in March 2022. Learn how we will realize our institutional commitment to inclusive excellence. For an interactive experience, click below. Download an accessible PDF version of the Diversity Strategic Plan here.

Signature Initiatives

Explore just a few university initiatives that support the achievement our diversity goals.

The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice is a conduit for new knowledge and ideas, providing opportunities for Rutgers faculty whose inquiries address racism and social inequality to work collaboratively and effect meaningful action and positive change.

The Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) Innovation Grants Program is a university-wide initiative that invites students, faculty, and staff to take an active role in building an inclusive community. 

We are building a community of practice with individualized and targeted supports to increase diverse faculty engagement, ensure effective mentoring, expand networking opportunities, and develop leadership skills to foster a sense of belonging and professional growth in the academy for all.

Central Administrative Anchors

Explore the ways that central administrative units are leading efforts to support institutional forward movement.

Rutgers' Supplier Diversity Program seeks to build business relationships between qualified minority-owned, woman-owned, and veteran-owned business enterprises and the University. A recent supplier diversity survey aimed to identify and quantify barriers for small, local, and diverse businesses that have an interest in doing business with the university.

Providing jobs to more than 23,000 faculty and staff, Rutgers ranks in the top 100 on the Forbes list of 500 best large employers in America. Providing a respectful workplace, showing a commitment to veterans, and valuing diversity and inclusion are just some of the many reasons why Rutgers is a great place to work.

Faces & Voices tells the Rutgers story through its greatest asset – the students, faculty, staff, and alumni who make it a dynamic place of discovery. President Holloway engages members of our beloved community and illustrates the university's diversity, scope, and impact. 

University Academic Affairs oversees the Presidential Faculty Diversity Initiative that is designed to help further Rutgers’ goal of diversifying its faculty and graduate community. The overarching goal is to enable systemic change at Rutgers commiting $45 million from central administration funds over an initial 5-year period.