Division Updates December 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

The Center will be temporarily located on the first floor of Laurel Hall. Please visit our website: go.rowan.edu/neurodiversity
  • The Center for Neurodiversity Steering Committee is presently being formed. The next meeting will tak place on December 15th 11:00 - 12:00 P.M. So far, the sterring committee identified a need for a communications committee for consistent marketing and professional development on understanding disability culture and cultural centers.
  • The Center for Neurodiversity is in the process of hiring a doctoral gradaute coordinator. 
  • Upcoming planned events include: 
    • Book Club & Author Series: Second round of NeuroTribes book studies facilitated by the faculty/staff Neurodiversity Affinity Group (late January-March)
    • Steve Silberman, Author Talk and Q&A (date tbd)
    • Mentor Circles: Faculty/staff and alumni with disability labels meeting with student group monthly beginning January (planning with student neurodiversity club under way)
    • Neurodiversity and Intersectionality: Conversations and Experiences (three speaker series; initial planning underway)

Accessibility Services

  • A new Student Accessibility Council (SAC) is being formed with our first meeting on Friday, December 3rd. This advisory council will provide feedback to Accessibility Services and assist with programming/outreach to students, faculty and staff related to topics including: access, disability, equity, inclusion, mental health, neurodiversity and social justice. For more information, please contact John Woodruff, woodruff@rowan.edu
  • November meeting with Accessibility Services. SJICR and Center for Neurodiversity to strengthen collaborations with signature events such as Access & Inclusion Week (Fall) and Autism/Neurodiversity Inclusion Week (Spring).
  • Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society for student with disabilities initiated eight new students
  • Autism & Neurodiversity Inclusion Week will be taking place April 1 - April 8 
  • The week will include several events, including Rowan After Hours (RAH) Open Mic Night: 4/2 hosted by neurodivergent students: one current student and one alum. Co-sponsored by Center for Neurodiversity, PATH, Neurodiversity Club and Rowan Music Therapy Club.

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

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Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflcit Resolution (SJICR) 


  • SJICR is currently seeking a co-Chair for the planning committee of the first Multicultural Student Graduation celebration. If interested, please email Roxie Patton at patton@rowan.edu .
  • SJICR is hosting a celebration for Kwanzaa on December 9th from 4:00 - 6:00 P.M., please register here. 


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

Welcome to OSEC’s new DEI Investigator/Deputy Coordinator, Tiara Greene!

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