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A Message from Dr. Felicia McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Felicia McGinty, EdD

Dear Scarlet Knights,

Today is Rutgers Giving Day, and we have the opportunity to Paint the Day Scarlet!  During this 24-hour rally, Rutgers alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and friends from around the world will come together in support of their favorite Rutgers causes.

We have a number of unique funds that support students in need, so they can fully engage in the Rutgers experience. Continue reading→

A Message from Dr. Felicia McGinty, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Dear Scarlet Knights,

Felicia McGinty, EdD

For the past 250 years Rutgers students have challenged the status quo. Here on the banks of the Raritan, leaders like Paul Robeson, Mabel Smith Douglass, Junot Diaz, and countless others have mobilized our community, and nation around struggles for societal and civil rights. These trailblazers challenged both societal and higher education norms to make our University revolutionary. Today, our core values around diversity and inclusion reflect their abiding commitment to create an environment which respects and affirms the inherent dignity, value, and uniqueness of all individuals, communities and perspectives, regardless of the political climate.

Many of us have been jolted as the current political discourse has unmasked deeply rooted societal and civil rights issues. In this time of change, normalcy is called into question as we see a shift in speech, identities, actions, and policies that were once considered taboo being normalized. We cannot predict what tomorrow will bring; however, fear, hate and blame thrive in the unknown as convenient ways of making meaning out of change. Nationwide, there has been an uptick in hate-related violence and targeting of groups based on individual beliefs or identities. Additionally, concerns abound regarding possible federal policy changes that may impact the lives of many and their loved ones. The demographic of Rutgers mirrors that of the country, so it’s understandable that we face similar concerns here. I write to affirm that your safety and well-being is paramount to Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Resources are available to support you, and can be accessed by contacting the Dean of Students office for assistance and referrals.

As members of the Rutgers community you have both an opportunity and obligation to think critically, and be agents of change. This is your university and you are our future leaders. Now is the time and this is the place where you can question, challenge, learn and grow. Like Scarlet Knights that came before you, how you engage in that discourse will be a testament to your intelligence and humanity. I ask that you do so with civility and mutual respect. As scholars, you are expected to use logic, reasoning skills and words to engage and debate ideas. In doing so, you have an opportunity to learn from one another and embrace the true meaning of revolutionary thinking.

With hope for our future,

Sincerely,
Dr. Felicia E. McGinty
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Rutgers University­–New Brunswick

Rutgers Student Affairs staff members share how they make everyone feel part of the Rutgers Family.

#RUIDProject: Sean Downey

 

1-17-2017_Sean-DowneySelf-expression always came naturally to me through visuals and through sound. Expressing it outwards toward other people, however, never came easy. So growing up I took the thoughts and emotions I couldn’t convey to others and drew them, wrote them, or wailed them out on my guitar until my fingers were worn to the bone. Days, nights, and weekends were all spent devoted to strengthening whatever talents I knew I could grow so I could prove to myself that I could take hold of the dreams and desires I wanted someday. But everything was still internal, and I couldn’t get myself to extend my words and thoughts to other people. It’s one thing to be an introvert, but it’s another thing to hold back what you know you have.

It wasn’t until around my sophomore year of college that I realized I needed to take leaps, not to just go through motions that I knew I could handle….

Read more on I Am Rutgers online magazine to learn about Sean’s story as well as others. #RUIDProject

The Big Ten Network is featuring SCREAM Theater

SCREAM Theater is on the Big Ten Network! The Big Ten Network attended two orientation sessions last summer and the footage is being used in a commercial that airs during Rutgers sporting events on the network.

SCREAM (Students Challenging Realities and Educating Against Myths) TheaterTM and SCREAM AthletesTM are peer educational, interactive theater programs that provide information about interpersonal violence including sexual assault, dating violence, same-sex violence, stalking, bullying, and peer harassment.

Click here to learn more about SCREAM Theater and other services provided by the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.

2016-2020 Strategic Plan Cover ImageClick here to download the Student Affairs 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan

 

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