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Diversity Through Time: 21st Century

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The School of Criminal Justice establishes the Police Institute, Greater Newark Safer Cities Initiative, and Operation Ceasefire, programs aimed at using university resources, and the expertise of its faculty, to improve the quality of life for urban residents.

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A burst of new student organizations reflects not only the depth of the student body’s ethnic and geographic diversity but increased awareness of the rights of gay, transsexual and transgendered individuals as well as those with special needs. The new millennium sees the founding of the Asian Student Interest Society, Aspiring Minorities of the Economics and Finance Society, the Coptic Society, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight

Society, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association of Black Accountants, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, the Iranian-American Civic Association, Rutgers JOSH (a South-Asian dance troupe), the Palestinian American Organization, the Polish Club, Rutgers Hip Hop Society, Rutgaz Poets, the West Indian Student Association, and the Indian Students Association.

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Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies is established. Its mission: to conduct scholarly research into urban problems and issues, at all levels from local through international, and share its knowledge through conferences and public programs.

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Camões Institute Center for Portuguese Language and Culture opens; it is a rich resource center for students of Portuguese literature, history and culture.

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The Abbott Leadership Institute (ALI) is founded; it coaches parents and educators in Newark’s disadvantaged school districts to work together more effectively as partners in educational reform.

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Nobel Laureate José Saramago speaks at the second Daniel & Elvira Rodrigues Lecture.

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The Documentation Center of Cambodia at Rutgers University opens; its archive of primary Khmer Rouge documents concerning the Cambodian genocide, in digital and microfiche form, is available to researchers and students.

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The campus establishes the American Studies Graduate Program, which offers “Race, Ethnicity and Modern Society” as one of its interdisciplinary fields of study. The program offers students unique opportunities to pursue advanced research and career preparation that directly involve them in the importance of diversity in society.

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The Spanish & Hispanic Civilization & Language Program continues to bring scholars, writers and performers to campus, as well as a series of videos and lectures focusing on diverse immigrant experiences and inviting alumni to return to their alma mater as scholars.

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Rutgers-Newark establishes the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, which seeks to address the urgent need for greater understanding of and education about extreme human rights violations.

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The “Puerto Rican Spring Festival of Words, Prints & Books” features a lecture by Puerto Rican poet & librarian Lourdes Vazquez, an art exhibit by artist Anaida Hernández, and the inauguration of a book collection on Puerto Rican, Spanish & Latin American Culture, language & history, donated by the family of the late Dra. Amelia Agustini de del Río, a Puerto Rican professor at Barnard College and long time resident of New Jersey.

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Professor Alfred and Adjunct Professor Ruth Blumrosen of the Newark Law School publish “The Reality of Intentional Job Discrimination in Metropolitan America – 1999,” the first study to analyze annual reports submitted by employers to the federal government.

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Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, establishes a Rutgers-Newark chapter.

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The College of Nursing continues its collaborations with community and school projects in Newark and New Brunswick, as well as beyond NJ through its Nursing Center for Bioterrorism and Emerging Infectious Diseases Preparedness, which provides education, information and research initiatives for nurses and other public health practitioners.

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The Newark College of Arts and Sciences adds a minor in LGBT Studies, through its Women’s & Gender Studies program. 

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The Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, with the aim of “maintaining and deepening the University’s commitment to the diversity and flavor of the Rutgers-Newark community,” establishes a Writers at Newark series that brings to the campus each semester an eclectic blend of novelists and poets from all races, cultures, gender orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as hiring an equally multicultural faculty.

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Since its founding in 1999, the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience has brought cultural programming and educational

presentations that reflect the campus’s diversity and urban location, including the annual Marion Thompson Wright lectures, “City Children and Their Cultures” presentations, and musical performances from around the world.

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In 2010, Forbes magazine begins assessing higher education institutions on the basis of their diversity –and declares Rutgers-Newark the most racially and ethnically diverse in the nation.

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An article in the July 2011 issue of Criminologist magazine reports that the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice has the most racially diverse faculty among the nation's top five criminal justice programs.

 

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