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Rutgers-Newark Women's History Month 2020 Celebration

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Paul Robeson Campus Center

Essex Room

Diane Allen, Andrea McChristian
For more info:
WHM 2020 Committee


No More Hidden Figures

"Continuing to Honor and Recognize the SHEROES among Us"

Join us as we continue to honor and recognize the Hidden Figures of women who work, educate, serve and lead at the university, within our schools and neighborhoods, businesses and organizations, but have not yet been publicly recognized. Their contributions are undeniable but their stories are yet to be fully told. 

Celebrate with us as we recognize & award the five recipients of this year's "Hidden Figures: Sheroes" of Rutgers University-Newark and Greater Newark community.

Hear from our invited guest SHEROES as they discuss “The Right to Vote, The Right to Run” in this pivotal election year and the year of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote.

There will also be performances by HLLC/Healing Sounds of Newark. Refreshments will be served immediately following the celebration. 

*Admission is free and open to the public. Please bring baby supplies to donate to Wynona’s House. We also invite you to take the 1919 Volunteer Challenge.*


Andrea McChristian – “The Right to Vote”

Ms. McChristian is the Law & Policy Director at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. In this capacity, she leads the implementation of the strategic vision and the direction of the law and policy program. She oversees the programmatic function of the Institute’s three pillars of social justice: democracy & justice, economic justice, and criminal justice reform. Andrea previously served as the Director of the Criminal Justice Reform initiative and was the primary author of Bring Our Children Home: Ain't I A Child, which formed the basis of the 150 Years is Enough campaign. Andrea's writing on juvenile justice and racial justice has been published in the Star Ledger, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, and NJ Spotlight. 

Diane Allen – “The Right to Run”

Newark-born Diane Allen is known by many titles: corporate president, working mother, grandmother, pilot, sharpshooter, hang-glider, award-winning TV journalist, cancer survivor, and former member of the New Jersey state legislature. Sen. Allen served in the New Jersey State Senate from 1998 to 2018, representing the 7th Legislative District. She was the Deputy Minority Leader in the NJ Senate, served as the Deputy Republican Conference Leader from 2002 to 2003, and as the Majority Whip from 1998 to 2001. Sen. Allen is the chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators and founded runWOMENserve, a Political Action Committee to offer funding to female candidates regardless of their party.


Taja-Nia Henderson

Dr. Henderson is the first African American female dean of a Rutgers-Newark school. She was appointed Dean of Graduate School-Newark in 2019. Her teaching and research interests include slavery, punishment, and property. Since 2010, Dr. Henderson has organized and facilitated the Rutgers Reentry Roundtable, and she is a member of the steering committee for Newark Reentry Legal Services. Recently, Dr. Henderson was selected to serve on a court-appointed Academic Advisory Council that will seek the input of a broad range of stakeholders to help develop and implement reforms to the New York City Police Department’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” policy. Dr. Henderson previously served as the Derrick Bell Teaching Fellow in constitutional law at New York University School of Law. She also clerked for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. 

Kaity Assaf

Rutgers-Newark Senior Kaity Assaf has been an activist since she was a student in Clifton High School, where she worked during her senior year to get Eid Al-Adha, an Islamic holiday, designated a public school holiday. In 2018, she moderated the Orange Township City Council Westward Debate. The following year, she was a co-lead organizer of the Women’s March on New Jersey. She has interned for Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and was the executive editor of the Rutgers Observer student newspaper. This April, Ms. Assaf will represent RU-N as a World Youth International Model United Nations Ambassador in London. The political science major hopes to become an international human rights lawyer and political correspondent.