Division Updates November 2021


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

The Center for Neurodiversity

We launched 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.
The Center will be temporarily located on the first floor of Laurel Hall. Please visit our website: go.rowan.edu/neurodiversity
Center for Neurodiversity Updates: 
  • The Center for Neurodiversity Steering Committee is presently being formed. If you are interested please complete the Google form linked here.
  • For more information on neurodiversity, please note the Stanford Neurodiversity Summit is free (and virtual) November 7-9th.

Accessibility Services

A thank you to many campus partners who helped make Access & Inclusion Week a success! Presenters included students, faculty staff and alum. The PATH – Lockheed Martin Panel featured two PATH interns hired by Lockheed Martin.

SAVE THE DATE for the upcomong College Prep Transition Series. The series offers programming geared towards college-bound high school student with disabilities and their parents. 

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2022 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM via Zoom
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM via Zoom
  • Wednesday, March 16,2022 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM via Zoom

college transition series


Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflcit Resolution (SJICR) 



SJICR Speaker Series : Larry Spotted Crow Mann
When? November 9th at 4:30 PM.
Where? Join SJICR virtually via Zoom or in-person in the Interfaith & Spiritual Exploration Center

Larry Spotted Crow Mann is a nationally acclaimed author and citizen of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts. He is an award-winning writer, poet, cultural educator, Traditional Story Teller, tribal drummer/dancer and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety, cultural and environmental awareness. He has served as a board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation, which is an organization set up to promote the cultural, social and spiritual needs of Nipmuc people as well as an educational resource of Native American studies. Mann also serves as a Review Committee Member, at The Native American Poets Project at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.

SJICR Speaker Series Larry Spotted Crow Mann

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! If you are interested in joining the OSEC Student Advisory Council, contact our chair, Julia Lowman, at lowman53@students.rowan.edu

Not Anymore Annual Training - December marks one year since the launching of the online interactive training, Not Anymore required of all Employees.  Please be on the lookout for an email one year from the date of your last completion. The training replaces the original Title IX and VAWA training offered prior to the launching. Second year students will also be required to complete this training starting January.

Follow OSEC on Instagram: @RowanOSEC

Center for Access, Persistence and Achievement (CAPA) 

CAPA is pleased to share the digital brochure with further information on the Center for Access, Persistence and Achievement - https://sites.rowan.edu/ascend/_docs/capa-digital-brochure.pdf

CAPA consists 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 

Please visit our website - www.rowan.edu/capa