February 2023 DEI Updates

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Division of DEI Updates: 

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast and Day of Service was a success! We had a sold-out breakfast and were joined by Dr. Mae Jemison, the first woman of Color to travel into space & NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist.
  • Upcoming event - Presentation and roundtable discussion with the NJ Attorney General, February 7, 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. in Eynon Ballroom, to discuss bias. For more information, please click here.
  • The Foundations of DEI Certificate registration now available for registration for Spring 2023 - https://shop.rowan.edu/store/events/listings/61405 
  • We are celebrating the 4th anniversary of the launch of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion! Thank you for your support and dedication to the division's work! 

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Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) 

  • SJICR has many exciting and important events planned for this year. Please visit this link for regularly updated SJICR information and events for the most up-to-date information
  • SJICR is looking for faculty, staff, and student interest in helping build the Men of Color Alliance and the Queer People of Color Collective. If interested, please email Tara Ferrucci at ferrucci@rowan.edu
  • New Interfaith, Prayer and Meditation Space 
    • Hawthorn Hall, Room 202 | Max. 2
      Accessible from 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM | Card access needed for access after hours
      *Please email Tara Ferrucci at ferrucci@rowan.edu to inquire about card access
    • Savitz Hall Room 218 | Max. 15
      Accessible from 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
  • SJICR would like to highlight Black & Brown community members (all genders) who are willing to share their hair journey, styles, and stories. We ask for meaningful photos of you unapologetically showcasing your hair (now or in the past), and a story, affirmation, or another message you'd like to share with your photo. If you do not have a picture we are happy to take some for you on our professional camera. We will post your picture(s) on our Instagram with the message you share leading up to our event "Politics of Black & Brown Hair". Click here to submit 

The Center for Neurodiversity

The Center for Neurodiversity welcomes the new co-directors for 2022-2023, Chiara Latimer and John Woodruff! The Center for Neurodiversity also welcomes Visiting Scholar in Residence, Zosia Zaks, and Ph.D. Graduate Assistant, Mary Kalliny. The Center is located on the first floor of Laurel Hall. Please visit the website: go.rowan.edu/neurodiversity.

Upcoming events: 

  • A new DEI certificate: Creating a Neuro-Inclusive Workplace Certificate, is now OPEN for registration! The professional development certificate is geared toward business leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and employers, P – 20 Educators & Administrators/Higher Education, Board of Education Members, Community Leaders, and Organizational Leaders. Please register here.
  • Launching a spring Book Study, reading We are not Broken by Eric Garcia.  We're Not Broken - Eric M. Garcia (ericmgarcia.net). The book study is co-sponsored by Center for Neurodiversity, PATH, Rowan University’s Neurodiversity Employer Resource Group, and Neurodiversity Affinity Group for Faculty and Staff.  For more information, please contact: woodruff@rowan.edu
  • The Center for Neurodiversity welcomes a new Faculty Fellow for the spring semester - Professor Patricia Coughlin, College of Communications. Welcome to our team!

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

  • Financial workshops for undergraduate, CHAMP, and Launch Pad programs are underway! 
  • A gender-neutral bathroom is under construction in Camden and will be completed by the end of the week.
  • The satellite SHOP in Camden is anticipated to open by the end of spring/early summer, the construction contracts have been completed. 
  • Engaging in an ongoing book study of the “Racial Healing Handbook.”

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

The Faculty Center 

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

  • In partnership with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, South Jersey Chapter, Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine is premiering a documentary and panel discussion on the maternal mortality crisis in New Jersey titled, Listen to Black Mamas on February 23, 2023, from 5:30-8:30 pm in the Academic Center Multipurpose Room at the Stratford campus. SAVE THE DATE!
  •  “We are Rowan-Virtua SOM. You belong here.” Meet Andrea Iannuzzelli, DO ('95), who serves as an Internist specializing in caring for the adult special needs community at Rowan Integrated Special Needs (RISN) Center.  Prior to joining RISN, Dr. Iannuzzelli was the Medical Director at Medford Leas Continuing Care Retirement Community, where she worked in the medical office to work with the outpatient geriatric population, as well as covered subacute rehab, assisted living, and memory support areas.  As she was affectionately known, Dr. Andie also oversaw Wellness Services, which included the Fitness Center, Wellness Center, and home health agency.

    Her current role allows her to marry my love of caring for medically complex patients with the special needs communities, which is near and dear to her heart due to her experiences with her son, Nick.  Dr. Iannuzzelli’s spare time is spent volunteering for SOM’s Alumni Association’s Board; serving as a board member for Kingsway Services - an adult special needs day program; and working on the board of Circle Haven - a South Jersey residential community for special needs adults, which is a vision in the making.  She also enjoys assisting with New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities’ subcommittees to help improve lives of special needs people and families across the state

  • Every issue of the newsletter is available on the RowansSOM DEI website.

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU)

Celebrating CMSRU's 10th Anniversary CMSRU is celebrating a decade of growth and innovation in medical education and research.

  • Celebrating Diversity Month this month, students volunteered at more than 12 sites in Camden for MLK Day.