Rutgers New Brunswick Student Affairs: There's a U in Rutgers

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

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

#RUIDProject: Karishma Motwani

2-14-2017_Karishma-MotwaniComing to Rutgers, I thought I would spend these four years studying and being on a dance team – which is what I had done my whole life. But then I was selected to be an Assistant Director on RUPA (the Rutgers University Programming Association), where I learned to love social media marketing and creating experiences for students. My experience on RUPA led me to jobs in event-planning and data analytics, where I learned to love corporate communications. At this point, I decided to double major in Communication and Finance. The more involved with Rutgers I got, the more I appreciated coffee. I then started creating a plan to one day manage the business operations of a coffee shop. Then suddenly, I was chosen to be the Creative Director of a dance company. I was confused. Why me? Because you lead with compassion, I was told by the other dancers in the company.

Read more on I Am Rutgers online magazine to learn about Karishma’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.

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