RU-N Responds to Racial Equity




Members of the Rutgers Community,

The United States is at a tipping point with respect to racial and social justice.  As I have been communicating since I arrived at Rutgers, we are living in a moment of global racial reckoning, a moment that calls upon us to be a country that lives up to the aspirations in its founding documents and takes concrete actions to end the social, economic, and racial inequities that persist. Moreover, from the conversations I have had with faculty, students, staff, and alumni over the past few months, I am convinced that Rutgers has both the capacity and the obligation to play a critical part in this work.

For this reason, I am thrilled to announce today that Rutgers has been awarded a $15 million, five-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a new, university-wide initiative: The Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, a scholarly project with centers based on our New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden campuses.

Aligning with the Mellon Foundation’s humanistic orientation, the Institute will support and amplify the scholarship of researchers who are based in the humanities or lean on humanistic methods and whose work has consequences in areas such as policy reform, K-12 education, social justice work, and the carceral state. It will bring together scholars from all disciplines so that the product of their work can help to inform real-world decisions about solutions to the problems that have, at long last, been thrust into sharp focus in this country and around the globe.

In establishing the Institute, we are declaring Rutgers’ deep investment in scholarly inquiry related to anti-racism and social inequality, at home and abroad. In this way, Rutgers will make clear that it is a welcoming place for scholars committed to the study of race and systems of inequity in governance, culture, commerce, and social control. This grant allows us to recruit more emerging and top scholars in these areas, regardless of academic discipline, and help retain our top young talent. The Institute will also fund post-doctoral fellowships, giving us an early look at the next generation of academic leaders on these critical topics.

I want to emphasize that the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice will function actively on each of our regional campuses and truly be Rutgers-wide.  Each local center of the Institute will be led by a faculty member, coordinating with an executive director who will operate centrally and report directly to Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Prabhas Moghe.  Professor Michelle Stephens, who submitted the grant on behalf of Rutgers, will serve as its founding director and principal investigator for the grant. We intend to recruit outstanding scholars to each of our campuses while drawing upon the strong talent we already claim in Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick.  Moreover, there will be synergies between the Institute and the important work of our Senior Vice President for Equity, Enobong (Anna) Branch.

I am extremely grateful to the Mellon Foundation for this significant grant (full disclosure: I serve on the Mellon board but was recused from the decision on this matter), and congratulate Dr. Stephens and everyone at Rutgers who worked on preparing the grant proposal. I fully expect that this initial funding will be supplemented by philanthropy from individuals and foundations who share Rutgers’ commitment to understanding, confronting, and addressing global racial and social inequity and injustice.

Rutgers, an institution older than the country itself, has a history of excellence in the humanities as well as in the advancement of social justice through our centers, institutes, and clinics. Building on these strengths, the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice provides us with an opportunity to be an international leader in understanding the causes, effects, and solutions to problems that have plagued the world.

Jonathan Holloway
President and University Professor




Rutgers University – Newark, at the invitation of the University of Michigan Center on Social Solutions, has become a partner in a major new grant-funded project sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As part of the foundation’s Just Futures initiative, the center is creating “Crafting Democratic Futures: Situating Colleges and Universities in Community-Based Reparations Solutions,” a partnership with nine colleges and universities located in cities spanning the eastern half of the United States, north and south, with representation also in the Midwest and Central North regions. Click here to read the full story.



An Invitation from Rutgers University – Newark

Chancellor Nancy Cantor and the Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Transformation


Dear Rutgers University – Newark community members,

We write to invite you to join us on the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate his legacy for a virtual gathering that we expect will be one of the most important of the year for our community, our National Day of Racial Healing, to be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

At this moment, our nation is in the throes of coming to terms with deep and dangerous divisions. Even as landmark legal cases over the past 70 years have made many forms of discrimination illegal, we are only just beginning to calibrate the magnitude of the challenge before us to build a community in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are not just codified in our laws, but lived every day in our ways of being. As we all know, a defining strength of Rutgers-Newark and our home city of Newark more generally, has long been our shared, conscious effort to be such a community. This is one of the primary reasons that three years ago, we were selected by the Association of American Colleges and Universities as one of the very first places in the U.S. to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Center, with financial support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The TRHT Center’s already remarkable track record of making a positive impact not only in the Newark community, but statewide and nationally, has informed the planning of our third annual National Day of Racial Healing, which will be live streamed. Recognizing that healing can only begin when we acknowledge each other’s identities and empathize with each other’s stories, the TRHT Center, under the visionary leadership of our colleague Sharon Stroye, has put together a series of virtual discussions and activities on the theme Lifting Our Voices through Education, including:

  • Inspirational words from U.S. Representative Donald Payne, Jr., Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, and other public officials
  • Conversation with participants in the New Jersey Scholarship and Transformative Education in Prisons Program (NJ-STEP)
  • Black Lives Matter panel discussion led by Professor Fran Bartkowski, who, along with Executive Vice Chancellor Sherri-Ann Butterfield this past fall reprised their course on HBO’s award-winning series The Wire
  • Screening and discussion of the short film Whites on the Front Line with the producer, Dean Radcliffe-Lynes
  • Racial Healing Circle with local artists
  • Healing Sounds of Newark: Spoken Word & Musical Performances
  • Release of a video documenting the work of the TRHT Center with residents of Scotch Plains/Fanwood

To tune into any or all of these events, navigate to any of the following:




As shocking as it was on one level to see the mob of thousands lay siege to the U.S. Capitol building last week at the urging of a sitting President of the United States, on other levels it was not shocking at all. The persistence and virulence of racism today in our nation was made disturbingly clear for all to see by repeated displays of centuries-old symbols of oppression and white supremacy on the steps and in the halls of the U.S. Capitol. At this moment, there is probably nothing more critical that we as hopeful educators, civic leaders, business people, faith leaders, and citizens can do than use the tools of truth-telling, healing, and transformative work to address a racial reckoning so long-overdue. We hope that you will join us on the eve of the inauguration of a new President of the United States for this timely opportunity to listen to each other and better prepare ourselves to do the hard, but rewarding work it will take to realize our vision of a community and a nation united in pursuit of the ideals espoused by our diverse democracy.


In solidarity,


Nancy Cantor,



Sahar Aziz Where was the FBI in the months leading up to the violent siege on the Capitol? Among the many questions surrounding this week’s jarring events, this one reveals the extent to which double standards in law enforcement threaten our nation’s security. Click here to read this article from RU-N Professor Sahar Aziz.



U.S. Capitor Statements from college presidents grew longer and more formal, in contrast to short initial reactions to the siege on the U.S. Capitol. Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor is quoted in this article.

Click here to read the full story.





Alexander Hinton US Capitol mob highlights 5 reasons not to underestimate far-right extremists.

Click here to read this op-ed from RU-N Distinguished Professor Alexander Hinton.




Stephanie Newbold The 25th Amendment declares that upon the removal, resignation or death of the president, the vice president assumes the presidency. But what if he doesn’t want to go?  RU-N Professor Stephanie Newbold, writes.

Click here to read her op-ed. 



Salamishah Tillet RU-N Professor Salamishah Tillet writes for The New York Times to discuss how Shonda Rhimes’ first Netflix show “Bridgerton” tackles traditional lenses of race and the Victorian era as well as the main theme of escapism throughout.

Click here to read the full story.




Mary Rizzo In this op-ed for the Washington Post, RU-N Professors Mary Rizzo and Whitney Strub examine how NJ's Democratic political machine has maintained revenue streams over the years by detaining immigrants in county jails for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

Click here to read more.




The PSEG True Diversity Film screening at NJPAC looks at the long and inspiring history of Black business leadership and Black entrepreneurship, and how both have impacted the social justice movement. Join in for a discussion on this timely topic and a screening of the PBS documentary Boss: The Black Experience in Business, which explores the ways Black innovators and executives have climbed the corporate ladder — or built companies of their own — and then used their positions to help their communities. RU-N Professor Lyneir Richardson will be one of the panelist. Click here for more information.

Join the Center for Security, Race and Rights (CSRR) for its Spring 2021 virtual lecture series: four talks, one per month, on Transnational Rights and Security in an Era of Populism. click here for more information.


Click here to view the TRHT Unite for Truth: Racial Healing and Transformation event in which Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor and RU-N Doctoral student Kareem Willis gave remarks.

The TRHT at RU-N is offering training for new facilitators for Racial Healing Circles. However, all individuals interested in becoming a practitioner must attend at least 1 virtual racial healing circle. After the training, they will practice and facilitate with a trained RHC practitioner at least 3 times.

Click here to register.


The statewide impact of the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center at RU-N informs a resolution introduced by Senator Booker.


RU-N Professor Salamishah Tillet pens a New York Times article about how Black artists did not wait around for institutional change.






 RU-N Provost, Executive Vice Chancellor, and Professor Ashwani Monga is quoted in this op-ed about how 2020 has changed us and our perspectives on life.





RU-N Professor Peter Hepburn is quoted in a Texas Observer article detailing how tenants who face eviction can be denied housing for years to come.






RU-N Professor Audrey Truschke is quoted in a New York Times article describing the marginalization of women’s academic accomplishments, following an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal that denigrated Dr. Jill Biden’s use of the title of doctor.





RU-N Alumnus Victor McTeer RLAW ’72 and his wife Mercidees “Dee Dee” have funded two summer internships for Rutgers Law students to participate in the Center for Constitutional Rights in its new southern office in Jackson, Mississippi.


Crime victims across the state of New Jersey are now eligible for free legal assistance from the Rutgers Crime Victims Law Center, a division of the Rutgers Law Associates. The in-house non-profit law practice is housed at Rutgers Law School’s Newark and Camden locations.


Click here to view The Anchor Institutions Task Force (AITF), Racial Justice and Equity in the Era of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter Webinar video featuring Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor as a panelist.



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.

Click her to read the full research brief.




RU-N Professor Cathy Park Hong is an award-winning poet and author of the 2020 book Minor Feelings.

Click her to listen to the NPR

It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders podcast.




The Rutgers SPAA Research Brief "To Whom Black Lives Actually Matter? Reflections on the Efficacy and Sustainability of Ethno-Racial Coalitions" addresses questions surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement – Who actually supports the BLM movement? What are the main motives of the various ethno-racial groups that coalesce around its agenda? And what has been its impact to date? – by focusing on the evolution of race relations and multiracial coalitions in America today.

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The Rutgers SPAA Research Brief "To Whom Black Lives Actually Matter? Reflections on the Efficacy and Sustainability of Ethno-Racial Coalitions" addresses questions surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement – Who actually supports the BLM movement? What are the main motives of the various ethno-racial groups that coalesce around its agenda? And what has been its impact to date? – by focusing on the evolution of race relations and multiracial coalitions in America today.

Click here for more information.



  RU-N Professor Mark Krasovic, tells MSNBC the story of the 1981 gubernatorial election in New Jersey, when the Republican National Committee organized groups of men, some of them armed, to patrol precincts in minority neighborhoods in the name of ballot security. Click here to read the full story and listen to the podcast.




 RU-N Professor Alex Hinton pens an op-ed about how Donald Trump's repeated flirtation with right-wing extremist rhetoric and violence, and his refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power in next month's election, could trigger atrocities. Click here to read the full op-ed.




At a time when many statues are coming down, some lofty women just went up, breaking the bronze ceiling. RU-N Professor Salamishah Tillet is featured in this CBS Sunday Morning story and video. Click here to view the story.





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.


SASN Faculty Receive Mellon Foundation Grant to Support Sawyer Seminar Series Examining Race, Inequality, and Immigration

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a grant of $225,000 dollars to Rutgers University—Newark to support a Sawyer Seminar on the Comparative Study of Cultures entitled "Natives and Nativists, Migrants and Immigrants in an American City."The seminar series will be organized by Belinda Edmondson, professor of African American and African Studies, Kornel Chang, associate professor in History and American Studies, and Sean Mitchell, associate professor in Sociology and Anthropology. Click here to read the full story.


Trump’s encouragement of GOP poll watchers echoes an old tactic of voter intimidation

RU-N Professor Mark Krasovic pens this op-ed about how President Trump’s encouragement of GOP poll watchers echoes an old tactic of voter intimidation. Click here to read the full story.



In this first episode of "Chart a Course", RU-N Executive Vice Chancellor and Professor Sherri-Ann Butterfield and Professor Fran Bartkowski discuss their Black Lives Matter and The Wire course.

Click here to view the video.




Please join us for a socially distanced, guided walking tour of the new Audio AR artwork, Echoes of Liberation, on the Rutgers University-Newark campus.

The tour takes place entirely outdoors and meets in front of the Dana Library in Norman Samuels Plaza at 4 pm Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11. Echoes of Liberation is a sonic monument honoring members of the Black Organization of Students (BOS) who advocated for greater inclusivity in enrolling students and hiring professors at Rutgers University-Newark during the late 1960s. Click here for more information.


How can we hack ‘business as usual’ for our campuses and communities to face our current crises better and together? Join us via zoom for a virtual series of sessions grappling with global warming, including the critical matters of racial equity and climate justice.

For more information and to register for this online conference, visit:



RU-N, The University of Pretoria and The United States Embassy officially launched a $500,000 grant that will further strengthen and support the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network. Click here to read the full story.





RU-N Professor Jorge Contesse has been appointed Visiting Professor at Sorbonne Law School for the 2020-2021 academic year, where he will teach international human rights law and comparative constitutional law with a focus on Latin America. 




Time to Hold Congress Accountable for Racism 

The movement for Black lives, which is estimated to be the largest social movement in the nation’s history, has forced organizations across the country to reevaluate how their internal processes, structure and leadership composition perpetuate racism.

One of the most important aspects of this racial introspection is a widespread evaluation of who has a seat at the table where decisions are made and how power is distributed internally. This has led to conversations – within corporations and universities, entertainment and sports industries – about hiring, promotions, compensation and the inequity that exists between white people and people of color.

However, Congress continues to evade this scrutiny. The same Congress that claims it is responding to urgent calls to address systemic racism has avoided taking a hard look inward, and instead chosen to focus on removing Confederate statues. It is time to hold Congress – a workplace with tens of thousands of employees and the nation’s highest lawmaking body – accountable. Click here to read the full story.


'Black Lives Matter' Painted In Huge Letters On Newark Streets

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. Click here to read the full story.


Defend History. Tear Down the Confederate Statues

After the Civil War, Edward Virginius Valentine returned from Europe to his hometown of Richmond, Virginia—the former Confederate capital—and began using his training in classical sculpture to enshrine the myth of the Lost Cause. Over the next few decades Valentine made a career of sculpting monuments to defenders of slavery, building tributes to Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, among others. And he made the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in Richmond—unveiled on Monument Avenue in June 1907 by Davis’ last remaining child and toppled in June 2020 by protesters against systemic racism after the death of George Floyd. Click here to read the full story.


Summer Reading: Over 40 Books on Race, Racism, and the Black American Experience to Read Now, as Recommended by Rutgers-Newark Faculty

In these socially charged times, one of the most important things in the fight against systemic racism and our own internal biases is education. Faculty at Rutgers University-Newark teach and work at one of the most diverse university in the United States, and their research covers race and bias from across a wide range of disciplines in the arts, humanities, sciences, business and law. We put out a general call asking for book recommendations on the black experience in America, and the response was immediate and overwhelming. Below, our faculty recommend their current and classic favorites and tell us why we should read them now. 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 skill-sets.

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. From this summer’s class, 90% will graduate this year with a Bachelor of Arts in Public and Nonprofit Administration from SPAA. Half of these graduates will be continuing their studies by joining SPAA's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Click here to read the full story


Opinion: Reparations are good for everyone 

Reparations could lead to new Black-owned businesses, which would lead to job opportunities for New Jerseyans of all races. And reparations would increase Black purchasing power, which would benefit current businesses owned by state residents. In other words, reparations could stimulate significant economic growth in the state, Emahunn Raheem Ali Campbell of Rutgers says. Click here to read the full story


Juneteenth: What Every American Should Know

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that Union Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told enslaved people there of their emancipation from slavery, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, more than ever, it marks an important moment in United States History, but many people are unfamiliar with this holiday and its long history.  Lacey Hunter is an instructor in the African American and African Studies Department at the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark (SASN), where she currently teaches African American Studies and Afro-American History. She received her M.A. in American History from Rutgers University-Newark and her Ph.D. from Drew University. Her dissertation focused on the role of African American religious ideologies on racial constructions. Hunter is actively involved in organizations that help urban students transition into college, as well as collaborative programs for “at-risk” college freshman, and is deeply committed to restructuring historical teaching and encouraging greater literacy rates among students of color. Click here to read the full story


How We Spend Tells Us Whose Lives Matter

The federal coronavirus relief packages were less effective than they could have been because they ignored the ways that the pandemic would inevitably harm some communities more than others. We must do better. Before doling out any money, we propose that governments at the local, state and federal levels, as well as philanthropies, analyze the impact the funding would have on women, men, boys, girls and nonbinary people across race and class and other social identities. Then they should ensure the money is allocated in a way that alleviates inequality, rather than reproduces it. Click here to read the full story.


Living While Black: How Black People Are Policed Just for Being in Public Spaces

Over the past month, a wide cross section of politicians, celebrities, billionaires, athletes, university presidents, and corporate brands have publicly and proudly proclaimed that “Black lives matter.” Coupled with that proclamation, we’ve seen bold statements about ending systemic racism and upending structural impediments to genuine equality in this country. Spurred by the on-camera killing of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street by police officer Derek Chauvin, this mounting support for Black Lives Matter appears poised to impact American society for years to come. But that can only happen if this new understanding of racism doesn’t displace the old one. Over the past few decades, our understanding of racism has evolved to consider the role of institutions, organizations, and government, alongside individuals, in perpetuating racist ideas. These entities are, however, comprised of individuals, and it is in our interpersonal interactions that racist ideas germinate and spread most virulently. I’ve come to believe that even my own focus on institutional or systemic racism (whether in policing, banking, medicine, housing, or education) may obscure the harms perpetuated by the individuals who inhabit those institutions and systems and who choose to accept racist ideas as fact. Arguably, as a law professor and historian of American slavery, I should know better. Click here to read the full story



Pay Our Interns Report Finds Major Racial Disparities Among Interns in Congress

As the world grapples with ongoing police brutality and the call for dismantling systemic racism, demands have escalated for Congress to provide antiracist policy solutions that reverse decades of unequal treatment that has rewarded whites and punished non-whites. However, one element of congressional policymaking that is consistently overlooked is how Congress manages its own workforce. Personnel decisions about who to hire and how to manage a political workplace are all matters of policy that provide a glimpse into how Congress is itself a racialized institution. It’s no secret that the congressional workplace is dominated by white political staffers. In 2015, I wrote a policy paper that documented the extreme underrepresentation of racial minorities in top staff positions in the Senate. I found that although people of color make up over one-third of the national population, they accounted for only 7% of top staffers. Similarly, in 2018, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies found that people of color represent 14% of top staffers in the House. However, we know little about the overall racial makeup of the congressional workplace because Congress does not collect or publish this data. Click here to read more


As part of his “Gone but Not Forgotten” series featuring people who have made an impact on New Jersey’s history, Steve Adubato and his former colleague Joanna Gagis, look at the extraordinary career of the late distinguished Rutgers University professor and historian, Dr. Clem Price.


 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.


Opposing voting by mail is voter suppression | Opinion

Voting by mail keeps people safe during a pandemic and increases voter turnout, Penny Venetis of Rutgers Law School says. One study found that voter fraud was so rare that it is far more likely that an American “will be struck by lightning than that he will impersonate another voter at the polls.” Click here to read the full story


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.



Message in the Aftermath of George Floyd's Death

Over the last few days it has been admittedly hard to collect my thoughts and find a voice, in the face of the unspeakable death of George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, all too similar to the fates and voices and circumstances of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Laquan McDonald—we can list so many—even the cries for help decades ago still fresh in my mind from Rodney King. What do we say when it all repeats itself, over and over again? What do we say when it happens right in the midst of a landscape of heartbreak over a pandemic that too has had a disparate laser focus on precisely the same communities—families and whole communities that for centuries have broken their backs to hold up an economy that gives them back so little of its riches or its power or its freedoms? Click here to read the full story


As part of our series on Confronting Racism, Steve Adubato is joined by Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University-Newark, to discuss systemic racism over the centuries, why this movement is a moment of opportunity, and the growth of Newark, New Jersey. 7/25/20

View Video Here


The COVID-19 outbreak, the resulting economic fallout, and the Black Lives Matter movement have brought structural inequalities and institutional racism back into the limelight. Rutgers SPAA hosted a virtual town hall meeting on Wednesday, July 8, to address how these ongoing issues have impacted the field of public administration and the school, and how the SPAA community can come together to move the mission of the school forward in these turbulent times.



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

October 15th
1:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr. Charity Anderson, Senior Research Associate for the Cornwall Center

To register for this event, please use the following link:  


Developing K-12 Curriculum in Newark Public Schools: New Initiatives and Lessons Learned

October 21st
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:


Making Financial Aid Applications Mandatory in Louisiana: What We Did, What We Learned

October 29th
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:

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Helping Minority STEM Students Succeed: Distinguished service professor Alexander Gates will discuss improving the success of minority students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) fields. Register here to receive the link and event password to attend this September 23, 2020 webinar.


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. Click here to register for this September 16, 2020 virtual event.


Sakia Gunn, Tony McDade, Ashley Moore, and Nina Pop are all Black Queer/Trans people who have lost their lives to violence, but their narratives are often erased in mainstream discussions about the BLM Movement. Join us for an honest dialogue that explores the intersections of homophobia, transphobia, and racism towards Black and Afro-Latinx communities in the US on Monday, September 21. Click here for more info.


Scotch Plains-Fanwood Committee for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation's Listening Tour Focuses on Police-Community Relations

The Rutgers Law School Faculty Response To The George Floyd Killing Is What We Need To See More Of

Juneteenth Virtual Remembrance Announcement site

Paul Boxer: City Club of Eugene: Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis

Being convicted of a crime has thousands of consequences besides incarceration – and some last a lifetime

Jack Tchen: Mayor de Blasio Appoints Leading Scientific Experts to the Fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change
Diverse, interdisciplinary panel will help New York City further expand its climate adaptation efforts by providing authoritative, actionable science on future climate impacts