RU-N Responds to Covid-19
...for Rutgers University–Newark, excellence lies at the intersection of commitments to boundary-crossing scholarship, diverse talent cultivation, and engagement as an anchor institution in the world through collaboration—all of which are precisely what the public increasingly is demanding of higher education in the 21st century,” stated Chancellor Nancy Cantor in the cover letter of Rutgers-Newark’s Strategic Plan. Read how members of the Rutgers-Newark community are rising to the occasion by using their scholarship, talents, and collaborations to tackle the challenges of COVID-19.
Distinguished Professor of Law at Rutgers University-Newark and Author Stuart Green, writes a Daily News op-ed about learning the art of teaching through a screen.
The Mayor's Book Club collaboratively distributed over 10,000 books to Newark residents. The new books were donated by Rutgers University-Newark's Office of University-Community Partnerships with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides, among other essentials, new books to educators serving children in need.
Rutgers Clinic Helps Incarcerated Youth at Risk for COVID-19
Thanks to the efforts of Rutgers Criminal and Youth Justice Clinic, there is viable pathway to early release for incarcerated youths who are at risk from COVID-19. In a June 5 decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court took the extraordinary step of establishing a strict, eight-day timeframe for the state’s juvenile courts to hear and decide motions brought on behalf of young people with underlying health conditions that render them particularly vulnerable to the virus, as well as youth who have nearly completed their sentences. On July 1, Governor Murphy signed Senate Bill S2511, a COVID-19 emergency bill, into law. This legislation, which the clinic proposed to Senator Nellie Pou in May, eliminates monetary penalties for adjudicated youth and prohibits reincarceration of youth accused of technical violations of post-incarceration supervision. Click here to read the full story.
This summer, 18 students participating in SPAA’s undergraduate service-learning internship course completed 150 hours of internship work despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and the unexpected challenge of having to navigate remote learning and work simultaneously. The class, taught by SPAA Assistant Teaching Professor Michael Dillard, ensured that the internship experience was a seamless one where students could utilize the weekly virtual class to navigate through their own internship challenges and explore more possibilities to improve their own skillsets.
Supported by SPAA’s Writing and Career Development Center, directed by Terry Hall, students were provided with various resources and tools, including resume and cover letter templates, assistance with “elevator pitches,” and advice for navigating networking events. The center also provided information about job platforms such as Handshake, a Rutgers University–Newark employment site resource, to continue looking for more opportunities. Click here for the full story.
Join us this Thursday, August 20 for our 4th HAL Summer Storytelling Session!
The Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a national coalition led from Rutgers University-Newark, is hosting a series of conversations to reimagine public humanities and social justice in the context of the pandemic and anti-racist, Black Lives Matter protests. These conversations will feature HAL partners across the country, including stories from Newark and other community organizations on the ground. The project is an outgrowth of HAL's most recent project, Climates of Inequality.
The fourth session will focus on media making strategies. This session will allow us to hear from frontline community partners about their work with Environmental Justice and how COVID has impacted their community and their efforts. This will also be an opportunity to collectively share experiences and resources, and reimagine how we might use these mediums to effect change.
Session 4: Storytelling & Media Making
Thursday August 20
1:30pm -3:00pm EST
We're thrilled that this session will feature community partners who have worked closely with HAL on Climates of Inequality: Edith Tovar of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in Chicago, telling stories from their ongoing local efforts
Partners from University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez and the storytelling project “Mi María: Puerto Rico After the Hurricane”
The event will be participatory and we encourage you to have a piece of paper and marker/pen
The New York Times tells the stories of several Rutgers-Newark students that are involved in the Newest Americans "Stories From The Global City" project that focuses on student stories and how their lives have been impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently the RU-N community has found another way to contribute services during the COVID-19 pandemic by aiding the city of Newark’s contact tracing efforts via its Lives in Translation Project (LiT).
Two of Newark’s busiest streets were painted with enormous messages promoting racial justice and equity. The murals were produced in collaborative partnership with the City’s Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark Graphic Design Program, New Arts Justice at Express Newark, and local muralists Malcolm Rolling and Laqya Nuna Yawar. Nearly 300 students, artists, organizers and residents helped paint the messages throughout the day in 2-hour shifts as they practiced social distancing.
For the last few months, many parents have attempted to educate their children about COVID-19 in a way that empowers them with information without scaring them. Vanessa LoBue, the lab director at The Child Study Center at Rutgers University-Newark, says prevention may be important, but the way to get children to stick with new habits is to explain why they need to do them.
Lyneir Richardson, executive director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED) at Rutgers Business School in Newark, has launched the Black and Latino Angel Investment Fund with 10 angel investors and has raised $500,000 to date.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), headquartered at Rutgers University–Newark, a $500,000 grant over three years to establish and support Climates of Inequality and the COVID Crisis: Building Leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This national initiative comprises a cohort of minority-serving colleges and universities charged with confronting COVID, and its racially disproportionate impacts, through public humanities and public engagement.
Advocates for Healthy Living 2020
Join Rutgers University’s Office of University—Community Partnership’s Advocates for Healthy Living (AHLI) and our Greater Newark Community Partners for five weeks of virtual sessions geared towards living your best life during COVID19.
Monday, Wednesday, Fridays
July 6 - August 7, 2020
Racial Healing Circles
June 8, June 22
July 7, July 21
August 4, August 18
6pm - 7pm
Register at https://go.rutgers.edu/TRHTheal
Keary Rosen, founding director of the Form Design Studio and Lab at Express Newark, has turned to technology to help make face shields to support New Jersey’s health care workers. Rosen is using fused deposition manufacturing (FDM) 3D printers to produce face shields inside the lab to augment much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In collaboration with the Newark Board of Education, Newest Americans now is working with a group of high school and college students in Newark to be "reporters" on the impact of the pandemic. An open call to Newark high school and college students also has been issued to document their experiences of the pandemic’s impacts. Through photography, film, audio, and writing they are sharing their stories.
Supply chain management professor Kevin Lyons of Rutgers Business School at Rutgers-Newark has conducted exhaustive research for most of the past decade to document and map the supply chains for Newark businesses of all sizes. He is a primary reason why the Hire.Buy.Live.Newark program initiated by Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka with the participation of anchor institutions across sectors is succeeding in keeping more procurement dollars from Newark businesses in Newark. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Lyons is now leveraging his encyclopedic knowledge of the Newark procurement landscape to identify sources for critical supply needs, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and the materials needed to manufacture more of them in Newark. He and his team of students and community partners, including the Newark Alliance, are the consummate connectors of organizations in Newark that need goods or services with those who can supply them—in both the best of times and the worst of times.
Salamishah Tillet-professor of African American Studies and creative writing serves as the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a non-porfit organization that empowers young artists and activist to end all violence against girls and women. This year, we also find ourselves honoring April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) without our traditional formats of our "Story Of A Rape Survivor" (SOARS) performance, Speak Outs, Clothesline Installations, and Take Back the Night Marches. But, the impact of COVID-19 has not just changed how A Long Walk Home addresses sexual violence in public, but the forms of protections that help most of us at this time, such as "shelter in place" orders, have also inadvertently put women and children at greater risk for being sexually assault or abused in their homes. Right now, as the overall rate of violent crimes have gone down in United States, the rates for gender based violence crimes have gone up. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) released data from calls in regards to COVID-19, and revealed it was the first time in their organization’s history that more than half of the hotline calls were made by minors. At this time of crisis, we need safe spaces and a beloved community more than ever. Please join A Long Walk Home at our events and help uplift the voices of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence around the country, and our world.
The Lives in Translation Program was created in 2016 by a group of Rutgers University – Newark faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences and Rutgers Law School, Newark, to provide interpreting and translation services to limited-English proficient clients throughout the region by recruiting and training Rutgers-Newark bilingual students to interpret and translate for Rutgers Law School Clinics and local nonprofits located in New Jersey and New York. Students gain professional, real-world experience and earn academic credit by interpreting and/or translating in English and other languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Ewe, Twi, and Urdu. Recognizing the disproportionately stronger impacts that the COVID-19 crisis is having on its clients, Lives in Translation is shifting its services to remote mode, devising ways to assure that those in need of a translator to gain access to vital services will continue to have it as they navigate increased difficulties created by the economic downturn.
The Newark City of Learning Collaborative (NCLC) was launched in January 2015 to ensure that all Newark residents have the opportunity, information, and access to go to college, afford college, complete college, and ultimately obtain good jobs. As of 2015, 17% of Newarkers had earned an associate degree or higher compared to more than 40% of New Jerseyans. NCLC is made up of partners from community-based organizations, K – 12 schools, local government, foundations, corporations, and higher education all working together to support a shared goal of increasing the proportion of Newark residents with a degree or credential beyond high school to 25% by the year 2025 and continuing to build Newark’s college-going culture well beyond then. In response to the constraints of the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep up the momentum that has now brought Newark’s college attainment to 21%, NCLC has gone virtual with its programming to support Newark high schoolers to navigate the route to college. This includes virtual campus visits, workshops on personal statement writing and college options for immigrant students, personalized advising, and a “FAFSA Challenge” that aims to get all graduating high school students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
A diverse cross-sector community of experts in criminal justice lead the Newark Public Safety Collaborative (NPSC), which supports efforts to reduce violent crime and enhance public safety by making data analytics and research evidence accessible to local community groups and change agents. Formed in 2018 in direct partnership with the Newark Mayor’s Office, other city officials, and community stakeholders, the NPSC builds on successes of past violence reduction initiatives with a greater focus on (1) place-based predictive analytics and (2) data-driven community engagement for crime prevention and public safety in (3) transparent, civilly just and sustainable ways. NPSC brings together data analysts, social workers, policy makers and practitioners to contextualize ‘big data’ and make decisions for actions in coordinated fashion. A project that normally thrives in part because of its regular face-to-face meetings including a wide broad array of community partners engaging in candid dialogue, NPSC has pivoted quickly to facilitating virtual meetings to keep building its momentum in making an impact on neighborhood crime while strengthening community cohesion.
Locked Up in a Lockdown: New Challenges for Those Incarcerated and Detained During the Pandemic.
Program 1: COVID-19 in Youth and Adult Prisons
Tuesday, September 15, 4:00 p.m.
Welcome by Co-Dean David Lopez, Rutgers Law School
Program 2: COVID-19 and Immigrant Detention
Thursday, October 8, 4:00 p.m.
Both programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here to register.
Rutgers Associate Professor Brittney Cooper will talk to RU-N professor Salamishah Tillet about Tillet’s scholarship and writing on the role of art in social justice, including the civil rights movements and Black Lives Matter, and about their mutual commitment to black feminist art and activism in the midst of a pandemic. Click here to register for this September 16, 2020 virtual event.
Published by Rutgers Center on Law, Inequality & Metropolitan Equity (CLiME) in July 2020, this first installment of a faculty essay series, CLiME asked Rutgers professors affiliated with the center to provide brief analysis on some of the many institutional crises exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and to offer solutions.
Professor Laura Cohen takes readers inside juvenile justice to show the increased risk of viral infection incarcerated youth face as well as the steps advocates are taking on their behalf. Read further about early release, an issue in which New Jersey now leads the country, thanks in large part to Professor Cohen's advocacy.
Professor Rachel Godsil discuses the loss of public revenues to struggling communities and offers a pipeline to millions.
Political Scientist Domingo Morel reveals the growing crisis in public pension fund commitments and a possible path to meeting those obligations. CLiME Director David Troutt looks into the future to interrogate claims that “we are all in this together” and offers an alternative set of policy priorities we would pursue if mutuality really mattered. Read the publication in its entirety here.
Rutgers-Newark's Brain Health Institute is offering free virtual exercise and wellness programs for seniors from Wednesday, Sept 16 through Friday, Sept 18. Click here for more information.