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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.

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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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250 For 250: Mehul Salhotra


Mehul Salhotra

Four years ago, Mehul Salhotra was accepted into one of Rutgers’ most selective undergraduate programs, the Honors Engineering Academy. Wanting to pursue a career in the fields of science and mathematics, Mehul was attracted to the opportunities associated with the many divisions within the Rutgers Engineering School. It wasn’t until he came to Rutgers, however, that he uncovered a desire to apply the analytical skills he had developed from his experience with STEM to the business world through economics. This spring, Mehul will graduate with a double major in honors electrical and computer engineering and economics with a certificate in quantitative economics. You may be wondering how his decision to combine STEM with the social sciences and quantitative business came about.

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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.

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