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University Equity and Inclusion

Universitywide Diversity Strategic Planning Launch

Dear University Community, 

During the racial reckoning of summer 2020, the question was posed, “What is the academic version of thoughts and prayers?” A wildly popular response was, “diversity and inclusion.” Thoughts and prayers in and of themselves are not bad, but when they are only statements of support, when actions and help are needed, they are insufficient. The problem is not that higher education articulates a commitment to diversity and inclusion, but the problem is, oftentimes, it ends there. 

The challenges ahead of us are great, but we must meet this moment with action. The diversity strategic planning process we are launching today is a mechanism for our university community to assess where we are and commit to what we will do to chart a more inclusive path forward at Rutgers. We will not let perfect be the enemy of the good. As an institution, we are committed to making progress—not just because this moment demands it, but because our future does.  

We have developed a Universitywide Diversity Strategic Planning Toolkit that will guide the process across Chancellor-led units and shares tools to support the work. Read the frequently asked questions to understand the objectives of this strategic planning process and learn about our next steps.  

As a vital first step, please take the Diversity Strategic Planning Assessment Survey, to reflect on where we are now and what needs to change. We need your voice to shape our path forward. Your participation is confidential, and the survey will take, on average, 15–20 minutes to complete.  

Whatever you do, don’t sit on the sidelines. Help us build an inclusive academy, a beloved community—the university of our aspirations.  



Enobong (Anna) Branch 
Senior Vice President for Equity