At just nine years old, Naomi Kutin shattered a world record for her weight class in 2011. Today, in her fourth year at Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the young athlete maintains her powerlifting skills, but now she’s weighing options in the field of social work as well. While continuing to train one to two hours a day, five days a week, and competing as a member of the Rutgers Powerlifting Club, Kutin is completing her undergraduate degree and studying for her master's degree at Rutgers’ School of Social Work. Read more in this article from Rutgers Today!
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Student Affairs Funds You Can Support
Asian American Cultural Center Programs Fund
Help us reach our goal to raise $4,000 to support high-impact programs and initiatives such as the center’s Peer Mentoring Program, the APIDA+ programmatic series, student leadership development initiatives, and the annual APIDA Graduation & Leadership Awards ceremony. Your support helps fund APIDA student supporting programs, initiatives, and services that reach thousands of students each year including: peer mentoring initiatives, leadership development, professional networking, and so much more. With your help, we can reach our $4,000 goal to fund high-impact opportunities and mentoring initiatives that will enhance their personal and professional development.
Center for Latino Arts and Culture Fund
With your help, we can reach our $3,000 goal and fund the UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES and MENTORING INITIATIVES that will enhance the academic pursuits of our students and prepare them for advanced study and their professional careers. Your support allows us to continue supporting students as they research, document, interpret and promote Latino/a, Hispanic, Caribbean, and Latin American heritage. Donations help fund the programs, initiatives, and services that touch over 2,000 students a year including: student research projects, mentoring initiatives, conferences registration, travel abroad, graduate and career support, and professional networking, and so much more.
Center for Social Justice and LGBT Communities Excellence Fund
Help us reach our goal to raise $3,500 to support our DIVERSITY PEER EDUCATOR PROGRAM which trains students to educate their peers on topics of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Gifts made during Rutgers Giving Days will FUND STIPENDS for our Diversity Peer Educators THIS FALL. Your support allows us to continue to be the campus-wide resource around gender and sexuality issues through the lens of social justice and promote a supportive environment for students of all backgrounds, identities and experiences, with a focus on the LGBTQIA+ community.
Donations to the Parents Fund support special initiatives of student organizations, career-related advising, resources, and opportunities to advance student learning and faculty research.
Gifts are not only applied to enhance student organizations, sports clubs, libraries, and career services, but Greek organizations can also apply for grants to support special initiatives.
Donations to the Parent Fund support all things that will enhance your students' lives - now and after graduation.
Paul Robeson Cultural Center Fund
Your funds support the programs and events led by the PRCC and allow us the flexibility to keep creating new programs and initiatives, like the BLACK & RETREAT that help support student success at Rutgers.
Here is what students said about their Black & Retreat Experience:
- “This was soooo EYE OPENING, and I AM TRULY BLESSED to be a part of such a great experience, you’ll never know how appreciative I am for it. I am Black and LIMITLESS!”
- “This was AMAZING!! I felt so welcomed and at home with this group!! I hope many more people get to experience this program! Thanks to everyone who made this retreat possible!”
- “Overall, I really enjoyed this retreat. It was very informational. I feel so much more confident and relieved going to Rutgers knowing I have a community there.”
With your help, we can reach our goal to raise $3,500 to PLAN and EXECUTE programs and initiatives like our BLACK & RETREAT that serve and educate students, as well as entire Rutgers community, about African and African Diaspora oriented cultures. We simply cannot do this without your support.
Student Emergency Fund-New Brunswick
Every year, we witness students who are struggling to continue their education after experiencing an unforeseen emergency or catastrophic event. Others struggle with food insecurity, homelessness, and domestic issues. Donations to the Students Emergency Fund provide direct financial assistance to students who are unable to meet immediate and essential needs because of an unexpected situation or temporary hardship.
Gifts to the Student Emergency Fund ensure students facing an unexpected crisis have the financial resources needed to prevent them from having to drop out or take time off from pursuing their degree.
Student Food Pantry Fund-New Brunswick
Donations to food security will ensure that all students have access to food at both the food pantry on the College Avenue campus and the Mobile Food Pantry that visits the Busch, Livingston, and Douglass campuses.
How Our Work Impacts Students
At Rutgers—New Brunswick, the Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (VPVA), with campus partners, has taken a lead on providing support and programming during Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month (DVAM) through their Turn the Campus Purple campaign. One crucial resource that will remain available throughout the rest of the month—and the entire calendar year—is VPVA’s crisis intervention hotline, which aims to help survivors cope with the effects of interpersonal violence.
Rutgers students sometimes experience mental health issues that require a higher level of care than regular therapy appointments. While these students would be forced to choose between hospitalization or intensive outpatient care to meet their needs at most universities, Student Health's CAPS Next Step program steps in to provide a higher level of care that allows them to keep taking classes.
Friday, September 15 marked the official beginning of National Hispanic/Latine Heritage Month. At Rutgers—New Brunswick, in the Division of Student Affairs, the Center for Latino Arts and Culture (CLAC) and the Latino Student Council (LSC) are partnering to kick off their celebration with an upcoming event, Welcome to La Familia: Latine Fest, which will take place at the CLAC on Friday, September 22 from 1-9 P.M.
At Rutgers—New Brunswick, like other universities across the nation, many students suffer from food insecurity. To begin addressing this issue, the Dean of Students—Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, a department within the Division of Student Affairs, offers a Student Food Pantry that students can use when necessary, as well as the No Hungry Knights Scholarship, which offers free meal swipes for on-campus dining halls.
Students have busy lives, and it can be difficult for them to balance their classwork, extracurricular activities, and on- or off-campus jobs, along with their personal lives and any other obligations. As a result, many of them need help creating the best exercise routine for their own specific situations.
That's where the Exercise is Medicine program, which has helped hundreds of clients engage in healthful exercise, comes in.
Students at Rutgers—New Brunswick are involved in activism, political organizations, and rallies across campus. So it comes as no surprise that a group of 16 undergraduates (including many RU-NB students) recently met with members of the New Jersey congressional delegation to advocate for financial aid.
Every year, when transfer and first-year students enroll at Rutgers University—New Brunswick for the first time, departments engage them to ensure that they know about the resources and opportunities available at the university.
Though maintaining student engagement and success is crucial, of course, there is also another group crucial to this transition: those students’ parents.