Diversity Timeline: Page 7 of 8
Diversity Through Time: 1990s
Rutgers Law Professor Gary Francione founds the Animal Rights Law Clinic, the first in the country.
The student organizations LUNA – Latinos United Networking America—and the WISA – the West Indian Student Association – are founded, following in the footsteps of HASAR and similar student associations.
The Minority Biomedical Research Support Program aims to help fill the nation's shortage of minority men and women in biomedical research careers through financial support, opportunities for hands-on research under the supervision of senior faculty, and research seminars.
The Institute for Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience (IECME) is founded by Prof. Clement Price. Its goal: To promote interracial and multicultural understanding through research, lectures, symposia, film, performances, exhibitions, and other programs open to the public.
The Center for Global Change and Governance – now the Division of Global Affairs – is established. It promotes research into the consequences of globalization of communications, economic activity and finance, and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in global studies.
By 1997, Rutgers Business School holds the distinction of having graduated more African-American MBAs than any other graduate school of management in the country.
The first annual U.S. News & World Report ranking of diversity on university campuses identifies Rutgers-Newark as the most diverse national university campus in America, based on the diversity of the student body.
The annual Applied and Urban Ethics Conference is launched to raise public awareness and stimulate discussion of crucial ethical issues that affect the lives of people around the globe.
The Rutgers College of Nursing establishes the Minority Nurse Leadership Institute (MNLI) to help nurses overcome the political, cultural and social obstacles that could impede their progress into leadership positions within their field. MNLI helps prepare nurses for leadership roles through monthly workshops, lectures, hands-on practical applications, and mentoring.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department establishes what is believed to be the first Master of Arts in Jazz History.
Rutgers Business School expands its MBA and Executive MBA programs abroad, offering courses in China.
The College of Arts and Sciences institutes a Portuguese Studies program, which grows to offer both a minor and a major and undertakes collaborative programs in Newark’s Ironbound community, home to one of the world’s largest Portuguese-speaking populations.
With the support of the newly established student organization, “Os Lusiadas”, courses in Portuguese and Luso-Brasilian in English translation are approved, followed by more than 10 new courses ranging from Elementary Portuguese to Introduction to Portuguese Literature, Brazilian Literature, Portuguese Civilization, Portuguese for Business and Commerce.
A first agreement was reached with the Camões Institute of Lisbon in which the Institute agrees to support the development of Portuguese Studies at Rutgers-Newark by providing a Visiting Leitor (lecturer) for a period up to four years, to secure bibliographic and audiovisual materials for the developed courses and to support cultural activities that complement the content of the courses.
The Spanish & Hispanic Civilization & Language Program sponsors events to showcase the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world, including an exhibition of the presence of Galicia in the New World (with the Spanish Consulate of NY), a Spanish film festival, lectures, exhibits, performances of theater, flamenco & capoeria), and visits by distinguished writers, artists and critics from Argentina, Perú, Chile, Ecuador, (Spain) and Puerto Rico. In collaboration with the Portuguese Consulate of Newark & Dana Library, a series of lectures, exhibitions and performances highlights Portuguese and Brazilian culture.
Students establish the Organization of African Students.
A second Faculty Development Seminar on Hispanic Civilization Topics is offered, thanks to a grant from the Teaching Excellence Center.
The First International Conference on Portugal & Portuguese-Speaking Literatures is held; it is programmatically linked to R-N’s study of the Portuguese language and culture, and ties into the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s first inaugural season program devoted to Portugal’s culture and language, “Portuguese Words and Ways,” and to the Newark Museum exhibit “Crowning Glory: Images of the Virgin in the Arts of Portugal.”
The Daniel & Elvira Lecture Series is launched, with Katherine Vas, one of the participants of the First International Conference on Portugal, as keynote speaker. The Spring & Fall 1999 Portuguese Experience Lecture Series runs until 2001.