March 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,

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, 

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:
  • Upcoming events include: 
    • The Center for Neurodiversity Student Advisory Board, please email for more information. 
    • NeuroTribes Book Study: The second round of NeuroTribes book studies facilitated by the faculty/staff Neurodiversity Affinity Group for the Center Steering Committee
    • Mentor Circles: Faculty/staff and alumni with disability labels meeting with student group monthly 
    • Neurodiversity and Intersectionality: Conversations and Experiences (three speaker series; initial planning underway

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,
  • College Prep Transition Series. The series offers programming geared towards college-bound high school students with disabilities and their parents.
    • Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM via Zoom

college transition series

Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) 

Upcoming events include: 

  • March 8thRabbi Sandra Lawson Meet & Greet / Studen Discussion

  • March 23rd – Formerly Incarcerated Program with Dr. Sandra Joy, 6:30 SC221

  • March 21st- March 25th – Islamic Awareness Week

  • March 31st - PRIDE at Memorial Circle & Bunce Green 4:00 - 7:30 P.M. More information on Rowan Proflink. 



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:

For student reports involving discrimination and harassment, go to:

For student reports involving sexual misconduct/harassment, go to:

For Employee Title IX matters, go to:

Get Involved! If you are interested in joining the OSEC Student Advisory Council, contact our chair, Julia Lowman, at

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 -

Please visit our website - 

  • 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. 
  • 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  

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. Bonnie Angelone 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 (, and Rory McElwee, Vice President for Student Affairs( 

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

  • 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.
  • The SOM and GSBS Faculty and Staff Diversity, Hiring, Compensation, Evaluation, and Promotion Subcommittee are working on how to initiate a mentoring program for women in the sciences and medicine for junior and senior faculty. This article was used as a discussion point to inform the committee’s overall work to focus on systems and culture.  Stop Telling Women They Have Imposter Syndrome. 
  • SOM DEI is hosting a virtual session for accepted students on Saturday, April 9th from 11-12:30 pm. Description - Learn more about RowanSOM's DEI strategic initiatives from the Inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Listen to a panel of RowanSOM students from pre-clerkship and clerkship years to gain their insights into being successful medical students and their lived experiences.  ​


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.