Division Updates October 2021


We are pleased to share the DEI Final report! We're proud of all that we've accomplished in the short time since the launch of DEI and we thank you for your continued support. 

Link to the report: go.rowan.edu/deireportjune21

The Antiracist Pedagogies & Practices Taskforce 

The Antiracist Pedagogies and Practices Task Force is made up of faculty, staff, and students from across all Rowan colleges and campuses. Our goal is to draw from research and experience in and beyond our community in a bottom-up effort to support antiracist work on our campuses. We will collaborate to assess the assets and needs for antiracist efforts at our institution, taking account of local histories and current realities as we: (1) craft shared language around racism and antiracism on campus; (2) establish certificate programs in antiracist pedagogies and practices for faculty and staff; and (3) build a program for student leadership in antiracism. 

To join, please email Rachael Shapiro, shapiror@rowan.edu

The Law Enforcement and Community Collaborative (LECC)

The Law Enforcement and Community Collaborative (LECC), created in 2020, has a mission to bring together the Rowan community with local law enforcement professionals to address the following strategic priorities: (1) develop professional development for law enforcement rooted in a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion; (2) identify and disseminate evidence-based practices that facilitate meaningful engagement with diverse communities; and (3) develop an infrastructure to research, grants and program evaluation for LECC members and the broader community.

To join, please email Rowan DEI, DEI@Rowan.edu

Center for Neurodiversity

SAVE THE DATE! October 20th, 2021: Launching of The Center for Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity is an important aspect of Rowan University's DEI efforts to be the leading university committed to addressing persistent issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion that result in positive outcomes for students, faculty, and staff. The Center’s core values are rooted in teaching, research, and service that recognize neurodiversity as critical to inclusivity and cultural models of disability, that support student-led neurodiversity initiatives, while disseminating resources on and off-campus to build inclusive pedagogy that goes beyond access in order to support meaningful and dignifying participation for all.
The Center for Neurodiversity at Rowan University is grounded in the perspectives of neurodivergent people and leaders in the neurodiversity movement. In creating diverse, equitable and inclusive environments for students, faculty and staff, the Center will provide communities with research, resources, and advocacy to support meaningful access to higher education and beyond. The term neurodiversity was born in the disability community, specifically by those identified with autism. Therefore, Rowan’s Center for Neurodiversity embraces the mantra outlined by Charlton (1998) “nothing about us, without us” and will advocate for inclusion and representation in all aspects of the Center’s work.  The Center will also be the home of the Office of Accessibility Services formerly the Office of Disability Resources. More information on the event will be coming soon! 

Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflcit Resolution (SJICR) 

Celebrate National Coming Out Week (NCOW) with SJICR and our campus & community partners! 

  • Monday, 10/11 @ 2 PM on Memorial Circle we will celebrate National Coming Out Day and Indigenous People's Day with our community and allies including SERV, Campus Rec, The Wellness Center, and more! Come for swag, food, dancing and to celebrate our vibrant LGBTQIA+ & Indigenous communities! 
  • Tuesday, 10/12 help SJICR highlight Asexual (Ace) folks with our Ace Visibility Event.
  • Wednesday, 10/13 we will offer a Virtual Safe Zone Training from 2- 4:30 PM; register here
  • Wednesday, 10/13 Prism, Rowan's largest LGBTQIA+ student organization will gather for their general meeting on Wednesday as well in Savitz 341 from 7-9 PM. 
  • Thursday, 10/14 join SJICR from 1-2 PM for a Virtual Intergenerational LGBTQIA+ panel consisting of graduate & undergraduate students, faculty, and staff across generations as they talk about their coming out journeys. 
  • Friday, 10/15 join Campus Rec for their Pride Ride! 
*In addition to all these wonderful events, our traveling banner where you can express yourself, and/or affirm others, will be at each event and will displayed around campus showcasing Rowan's commitment to creating a sense of belonging for LGBTQIA+ Folks!

SJICR Speaker Series : Dr Temple Grandin 

Join SJICR virtually or in person for Dr. Grandin's Keynote
When? 10/20 at 5:00 PM.
Where? In-person location: Business 104; Zoom registration.
Dr. Temple Grandin is a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and has been a pioneer in improving the handling and welfare of farm animals. Temple was born an autistic child. At age 2 she had no speech. Mentored by her high school science teacher and aunt, Temple pursued a career as a scientist and livestock equipment designer. Dr. Grandin has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Livestock Conservation Institute, and received honorary doctorates from McGill University, University of Illinois, Texas A&M, Carnegie Mellon University, and Duke. In 2015 she was given the Distinguished Service Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation. HBO premiered a movie about Temple’s early life and career with the livestock industry, & the movie received 7 Emmy awards, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award. In 2016, Temple was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
SJICR Speaker Series

The Office of Student Equity and Compliance (OSEC) 

OSEC is excited to open a new academic year of engaging and educational programs throughout the year. OSEC is located in Savitz Hall 203 and is an integral part of the Rowan University community. The Office is committed to assuring a welcoming, equitable and inclusive campus experience.

This year, OSEC is focused on event planning to help promote awareness around sexual assault/sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and discrimination on campus. In doing so, OSEC has enlisted the help of the OSEC Student Advisory Council, a group of student volunteers who provide insight on student concerns and develop strategies in line with Rowan’s commitment to a safe and inclusive educational environment for all.

Visit the OSEC site at : go.rowan.edu/osec

For student reports involving discrimination and harassment, go to: go.rowan.edu/titlevi

For student reports involving sexual misconduct/harassment, go to: go.rowan.edu/titleix

For Employee Title IX matters, go to: go.rowan.edu/titleix

Get Involved!

On September 20th, the student advisory council held a table at the Student Org Fair to share information about upcoming events and to welcome new members.  If you are interested in joining the OSEC Student Advisory Council, contact our chair, Julia Lowman, at lowman53@students.rowan.edu

What’s happening next at OSEC!

New Member Consensuality Workshop

When: Oct 7th, 6-8 PM

Where: Chamberlain Student Center

Audience: Mandatory for New Greek Life Members and Open to General Students

Follow OSEC on Instagram @RowanOSEC

Center for Access, Persistence and Achievement (CAPA) 

On July 1st, Achieving Success through Collaboration, Engagement, And Determination (ASCEND) is now The Center for Access, Persistence & Achievement (CAPA). 

The Center will consist of the following programs/offices:

  • CHAMP/ GEAR UP Program 
  • LSAMP-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in STEM Upward Bound
  • The Launch Pad at Camden 

 The Launch Pad at Camden is the new initiative to support first generation students in the city of Camden.