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.

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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.

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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

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Racial Healing Circles 

June 8, June 22
July 7, July 21
August 4, August 18
6pm - 7pm
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 Keary Rosen, Director of Form Design, Express Newark, Rutgers-Newark COVID-19 PPE.

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.

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Newest Americans at Rutgers-Newark and Newark Public Schools Collaborative Pandemic Youth Stories Online Project.  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.



Professor Kevin Lyons Rutgers Business School, Rutgers-Newark, Hire Buy Live Program COVID-19 Crisis. 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.


School of Arts and Sciences-Newark Professor and Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute at Rutgers Newark Salamishah Tillet COVID-19 Sexual Assault Awareness. 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.


Rutgers Law School-Newark Lives In Translation Services Program. 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.


Newark City of Learning Collaborative NCLC Rutgers-Newark FASFA Challenge.  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.


Newark Public Safety Collaborative NPSC Rutgers-Newark, City of Newark Violence Reduction Initiative.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.


Media Mentions

SASN Alumnus Is Leading the Way on the Frontlines of the Covid-19 Battle

JBJ Soul Kitchen Doing What It Can for Nurses at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark

Rutgers-Newark Welcomes Community Virtually for Admitted Students Day

Rutgers-Newark’s Dana Library Lends a Virtual Helping Hand during the Pandemic

SASN Student Saves Lives on the Frontlines During Covid-19

Op-Ed: What Are We Going to Do About Structural Inequities Highlighted by Pandemic?

Rutgers Law Student Collects and Distributes Protective Gear for Health Care Professionals

Need Help with Remote Learning?

"What Happens Next" for Small Businesses

Op-Ed: We Say We’re All in This Together, Yet We’re Not an Equitable Society

Community in Times of Crisis: Perspectives from Anchor Institutions during COVID-19

Newark Rotary Partners with 3Ducators to Provide PPE

When A Crisis Exposes Our Digital Divide

Rutgers-Newark’s Luis Rivera Helps Congress Shape COVID-19-related Legislation and Policy

68% of Americans do not have a will

The Coronavirus Economy: Working as a therapist in an anxious time

The digital divide leaves millions at a disadvantage during the coronavirus pandemic

Porus Borders

New Technology Keeps Rutgers Running During COVID-19 Crisis

YouTube videos on COVID-19 causing "a pandemic of misinformation," study finds