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.
RU-N Professor Nermin Allam coauthors an op-ed for Inside Higher Ed discussing how the pandemic has added to the burden of institutional service that women disproportionately bear with consequences for career advancement. Click here to read the full op-ed.
The RU-N SPAA Research Brief "Pandemic Planning in the U.S.: An Examination of COVID-19 Data" addresses two questions surrounding COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.: First, are COVID-19 deaths spread equally across different states and regions of the United States? Second, are African Americans more likely to die from COVID-19 than other racial groups? This research was authored by RU-N SPAA Dean Charles E. Menifield.
Are you ready to do your part to protect the RU-N community? Add your phone to the COVID fight by downloading the COVID Alert NJ app. It's New Jersey's new app to help stop COVID-19 in our state.
RU-N Professor Mauricio Delgado is quoted is this article about how the pandemic is testing our decision - making during this holiday season.
During the summer of 2020 YMS students were put into different chapters and academies. Each academy a different medium to express what was talked about in their chapter. Each chapter was a different part of life that was effected by COVID-19. We have the chapters: Learning and Engaging, Healing and Mourning, Working and Earning, Living and Housing; and Voting and Organizing, The Pandemic Project: Newark Stories Unmasked, or The Pandemic Project, is a website the students of the Abbott Leadership Institute, the New Ark Leaders Leaders of Health, and the Youth Media Symposium worked on during the summer of 2020 to document the way COVID-19 affected their community. This website will serve as an archive for this time in history for so many. These videos are only one part of what we have created. https://youtu.be/MjjJ3hXXGWI
To see more please visit: https://sites.rutgers.edu/pandemic-project-newark-stories/
This project was a part of a national initiative called the Civic Springs Project, funded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and in partnership with the City of Newark One Stop Career Center and the GEM Project. More on the Civic Springs Project provided here: https://civic-spring.org/newark-nj/
RU-N undergraduate students are assisting teaching supervisors at centers in Newark where students can take online classes while parents work.
A Series on Teaching and the Pandemic
When Covid-19 struck mid-way through the spring semester this year, SASN professors had to turn on a dime and get creative about how to teach remotely—no small feat, given the novelty of the virus and the unprecedented situation the world found itself in. Necessity being the mother of invention, the college’s faculty have found myriad ways to adapt to this new learning environment. In this new series, we’ll examine some of the solutions professors have come up with to tackle remote learning and maintain the high level of engagement and academic rigor SASN is known for, as well as some of the challenges they face as they navigate this Brave New World in teaching. Click here to read the full story.
RU-N psychology researchers were awarded a COVID-19 grant to study intervention responses of the U.S. population. Click here for the full story.
RU-N Professor Nükhet Varlik pens an op-ed about how history suggests that diseases fade but are almost never truly gone. Click here to read the full article.
Sign up for one or more of our upcoming webinars on the COVID-19 pandemic. Details and registration links are below.
Monday, October 19, 2020
- Prof. Valerio Baćak, RU-N School of Criminal Justice
- Prof. Jason Bird, RU-N Department of Social Work
- Prof. Christina Ho, Associate Dean for Faculty Research, Development and New Programs, Rutgers Law School
- Prof. Suzanne Kim, Rutgers Law School, CGSLP Director and Judge Denny Chin Scholar
- Prof. Rubab Qureshi, RU Biomedical and Health Sciences, School of Nursing
- Prof. Luis Rivera, RU-N Department of Psychology; Director of Rutgers Implicit Social Cognition Lab; 2019-2020 AAAS Congressional Science and Technology Policy Fellow, Office of U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, State of Oregon
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
- Dina Bakst, Co-Founder and Co-President, A Better Balance
- Sunu Chandy, Legal Director, National Women’s Law Center
- Brian East, Senior Attorney, Disability Rights Texas
- Moderated by Prof. Suzanne Kim, Rutgers Law School
Monday, October 26, 2020
- Charlotte Burrows Commissioner, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Sharon Block, Exec. Director, Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School; Co-Director, Clean Slate for Worker Power Project
- David Seligman, Exec. Director, Toward Justice
- Moderated by Co-Dean David Lopez, Rutgers Law School
Rutgers Awarded $5 Million Grant from NIH to Improve Access to COVID-19 Testing within Underserved and Vulnerable Communities:
The New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science (NJ ACTS) at Rutgers University received a $5 million National Institutes of Health grant to launch outreach campaigns and expand access to COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable communities in New Jersey.
The grant will fund a Rutgers-led study called the New Jersey Healthcare Essential WoRker Outreach and Education Study - Testing Overlooked Occupations, or NJ HEROES TOO, under the NIH’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program. The program supports research that aims to better understand COVID-19 testing patterns among underserved and vulnerable populations; strengthen the data on disparities in infection rates, disease progression and outcomes; and develop strategies to reduce the disparities in COVID-19 testing. The study brings together researchers, health care and community partners in a collaborative effort, and is led by the following six principal investigators including Diane Hill, assistant chancellor, University Community Partnerships; assistant professor, Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration. Click here to read the full story.
This Fall marks the 50th Anniversary of the Rutgers Law School’s Clinical Legal Education Program. While the onset of COVID -19 restrictions has necessitated the postponement of a planned national clinical conference and alumni gala around this milestone on the theme of “Persistence as a Form of Resistance,” the law school has gone ahead with plans for a mural by local, social justice urban artist Yasmin Dejesus to commemorate that history. Click here for the full story
To encourage and promote civic engagement, particularly among our youth, the Department of State and Secretary of State Tahesha Way are pleased to announce the launch of the New Jersey Ballot Bowl 2020 - A Statewide Non-Partisan Voter Registration Competition Led By and For Students. RU-N students will once again be in this competition, but we need help from everyone. Click here for more info.
Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: What lies ahead could include a constitutional crisis over succession
Since Donald Trump was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for COVID-19 treatment on October 2, there have been conflicting messages about the status of the president’s health. RU-N Professor, Stephanie Newbold sheds some light on what lies ahead that could include a constitutional crisis over succession.
Youth virtually engage their peers on National Voter Registration Day:
Youth virtually engage their peers on National Voter registration Day by launching their effort to help students across NJ register and vote safely in a COVID-19 election. This collaboration includes campus administrators, faculty, civic engagement staff and a coalition of nonprofits.
Stressful times are an opportunity to teach children resilience:
Between the global COVID-19 pandemic, the associated economic downturn and widespread protests over racism, it’s difficult for everyone. Many people are struggling, consumed with anxiety and stress, finding ourselves unable to sleep or focus. RU-N Professor Vanessa LoBue shares some insight on how stressful times are an opportunity to teach children resilience. Click here to read the full op-ed
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.
On behalf of the Cornwall Center and their co-sponsors, Rutgers-Newark School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and Department of Urban Education, they would like to invite you to their virtual professional development series, entitled, “Learning to Rebuild New Jersey’s Cities.” The series is part of Rutgers-Newark’s commitment to sharing information and ideas that support the growth and development of urban communities across the state. The theme for October is Expanding Access to Transformational Education. Our scheduled presentations for the month include:
Clemente Veterans’ Initiative: An Overview and Lessons Learned
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dr. Charity Anderson, Senior Research Associate for the Cornwall Center
To register for this event, please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscOCorDsrHdyatA6wIIcFl1W3xDUsXYTe
Developing K-12 Curriculum in Newark Public Schools: New Initiatives and Lessons Learned
11:30am - 12:30pm
Dr. Mary Ann Reilly, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning for Newark Public Schools
To register for this event, please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcldOGhqjoqHdKTkrrPtPQ9ctUQqmgB7vK_
Making Financial Aid Applications Mandatory in Louisiana: What We Did, What We Learned
11:30am to 12:30pm
Mr. John White, Former Superintendent of Education for the State of Louisiana
Please use the following link to access the presenter’s recommended pre-reading list: https://tcf.org/content/report/states-make-fafsa-mandatory/?agreed=1.
To register for this event, please use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcrc-qsrzotEtTZu-vuw6XEHEPaMRWCcF5S
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.