Preliminary Recommendations

The Chancellor’s Commission on Diversity and Transformation identified four areas on which to focus its initial efforts to foster a nurturing community of tolerance and inclusion: community engagement; campus climate and student experience; staff and faculty professional development and competency; and faculty diversity and retention. With input from students, faculty, staff, and representatives from various Rutgers University–Newark (RU-N) organizations, the commission proposes the following preliminary recommendations:

  • Provide financial support to students, faculty, and staff for pursuit of publicly engaged scholarship
  • Organize scholarly symposia that showcase excellence in publicly engaged scholarship
  • Offer research development workshops in publicly engaged scholarship
  • Recognize and reward excellence in publicly engaged scholarship and collaboration
  • Develop mentorship and peer-to-peer support programs that benefit high school students and RU-N students
  • Hold an intercultural community-building retreat during the 2016-2017 academic year
  • Develop intergroup dialogue programs for students, faculty, and staff
  • Establish a well-trained bias response team
  • Offer more culturally appropriate food choices on-campus and broaden the pool of off-campus vendors that accept Raider Dollars
  • Enhance study abroad options for students of all socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Provide professional development opportunities for RU-N staff
  • Revamp the orientation process for new employees
  • Offer GED programs and ESL classes to staff
  • Create a cultural competency program for faculty, managers, and supervisors
  • Evaluate cultural competencies of faculty, managers, and supervisors
  • Encourage more hires of faculty in thematic, interdisciplinary clusters or cohorts
  • Provide resources and training that enhance and facilitate the creation of diverse pools of faculty candidates
  • Encourage faculty leaders and stakeholders to spearhead efforts to diversify RU-N faculty across all schools, departments, and disciplines
  • Create a best practices guide for faculty retention and mentorship at all levels of the professoriate
  • Establish a summer research institute to promote successful research projects among faculty and students of underrepresented groups
  • Develop leadership development programs in cooperation with the P3 Collaboratory