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

Felicia McGinty, EdD

Dear Students,

I am delighted to welcome you to the 2017 Spring semester!

Once again, your presence enriches the campus with a palpable energy, and provides a new opportunity to define what it means to be a Scarlet Knight.

You are at the heart of everything that we do. The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to create innovative learning opportunities, programs, and services that prepare you to lead, serve, and become engaged world citizens. In order to further this mission by making data-driven decisions, and generating a student-driven roadmap for the Division moving ahead, we will be engaging in a number of surveys, giving you an opportunity to share your voice. Each survey looks at a different aspect of the student experience, so we ask that you participate in all of them.  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,

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

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Chancellors-Student-Leadership-Gala-Logo-Final-v3-09The divisions of Student Affairs and Undergraduate Academic Affairs invite you to nominate a deserving student or student organization for this honor. Nominations are due on March 17. Nominate a student today!

#RUIDProject: Michael Anderson

3-7-2017_Michael-AndersonEvery week on campus I get to go to church. This church is held in a classroom, it starts promptly at 9pm each and every Wednesday. There is no choir, there are no deacons, only a multitude of pastors, each armored with sermons in the form of poems.

I found this church freshman year and I have been faithful ever since. So faithful that, like the most ardent disciple, I will go out of my way to make sure that you get there too.

Verbal Mayhem Poetry Collective is where I have been able to create a home and meet an extended family within that home. Each week we roar with laughter, we cry together, we recite, we sing, we perform, and we encourage…

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

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