February 2022 DEI Updates


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 

Please download the LEEC flyer here. 

The Center for Neurodiversity

The Center is located on the first floor of Laurel Hall. Please visit our website: go.rowan.edu/neurodiversity
  • Upcoming events include: 
    • CMSRU Student Disability Club: Dr. Accardo, John Woodruff &Chiara Latimer facilitating a talk with students on February 9, 22 at 3:30 P.M., please email neurodiversity@rowan.edu for more information
    • The Center for Neurodiversity Student Advisory Board meetings is next held Friday, February, 4 at 3:00 PM, please email neurodiversity@rowan.edu for more information
    • Mentor Circles: Faculty/staff and alumni with disability labels meeting with student group monthly beginning February
    • Neurodiversity and Intersectionality: Conversations and Experiences (three speaker series; initial planning underway
    • Universal Design for Learning Webinar in partnership with the Accessibility Center will be held on February 22, 2022, at 2:00 P.M. 3:30pm EST 

2022 Black Health & Wellness


Accessibility Services

  • A new Student Accessibility Council (SAC) is being formed. 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
  • College Prep Transition Series. The series offers programming geared towards college-bound high school students with disabilities and their parents.
    • 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 Conflict Resolution (SJICR) 

Upcoming events include: 

  • February National Girls and Women in Sports Events, please see the flyer of events here. 
  • February 10th is the Politics of Black and Brown Hair Symposium, please REGISTER HERE!
  • March 8th Feminist Activist Symposium, Call for Proposals is open, please submit here
  • Join Social Justice, Inclusion, and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) to celebrate, learn, and honor Black History this month. 

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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 in 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

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

  • ASCEND updates - We are pleased to announce we hired Ms. Chastity Johnson as Assistant Director/ Counselor for ASCEND in Camden. Ms. Johnson is a native of Rochester, NY, and an alumnus of Buffalo State College. Ms. Johnson holds a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration with a background in residence life, conduct, conference services, and access programming. Ms. Johnson is excited to join the ASCEND team and is looking forward to building relationships with each of you! She starts on February 7th. 
  • CHAMP/GEAR UP updates - The CHAMP Program has hired Deon Davis to fill one of their vacant counselor positions. Deon has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Stockton and most recently served as a College & Career Coordinator at the Boys and Girls Club in Atlantic City 
  • Upward Bound - Upward Bound is in the last year of a 5 year grant. We are working to submit a proposal to be awarded again, due 1/31/22. 

The Faculty Center 

  • The Faculty Center is working on several DEI-related initiatives, including building the infrastructure to house all DEI professional development certificate programs in the Center and making DEI more central to the Center’s messaging.
  • The Faculty Center is in the early stages of planning the search for our next Faculty Center Director. BonnieAngelone has served us with incredible leadership through a particularly difficult six-year period, and we’re so grateful to her. Please click here to view the call for applications for the Faculty Center Director position. The search will be co-chaired by Penny McPherson-Myers, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (mcphersonp@rowan.edu), and Rory McElwee, Vice President for Student Affairs(mcelwee@rowan.edu). Applications are due March 1st, 2022. Please share this call with prospective applicants!

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) 

  • The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) held a Community Grand Rounds titled, Own Your Own Definition of Success, featuring Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee (the first African American female dean of a U.S. medical school) on January 5th at 5:00 pm. The link to the recording is on the SOM DEI website here. 
  • The SOM and GSBS Faculty and Staff Diversity, Hiring, Compensation, Evaluation, and Promotion Subcommittee have met in October, November, December, and January. Questions were raised regarding faculty and staff pay, the role of unions in the establishment of pay, and equity across campuses.  Human Resources provided guidance to these questions. 


Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU)

  • CMSRU names interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Affairs. Julieta E. Barroeta, MD, associate professor of medicine at CMSRU, is succeeding Jocelyn Mitchell-Williams, MD, Ph.D., who was appointed interim Associate Dean for Medical Education at CMSRU.
  • CMSRU students, staff and faculty engaged in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Monday, January 17, 2022. The following opportunities for service were facilitated throughout the day and week:
    • 300+ wellness kits were put together for patients receiving treatment and care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Kits consisted of small self-care items, such as hand lotion, lip balm, tissue packs, etc., as well as handwritten notes of encouragement, origami art, coloring/activity sheets, and other things to lift their spirits.
    • Books, Food items and clothing items were collected throughout the week and all items were donated to Camden organizations serving the community
  • In honor of Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) Solidarity Week for Compassionate Patient Care, students of the CMSRU GHHS Chapter have organized a Haiku Healing Event.  During the week of February 14-18th, all CMSRU students will have the opportunity to experience poetry as a powerful tool to reflect and process their clinical experiences, as well as offer patients a different form of healing