March 2023 DEI Updates

Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Division of DEI Updates: 

  • Strategic Action Planning - if you have not received the recorded session, please reach out to

Division of DEI Upcoming Events and Professional Development 

  • DEI DAY - Join us for our second annual DEI DAY! - Save the Date March 22, 2023
    • Our DEI DAY will include:
      • Various cultural food from various restaurants!
      • Cultural games, recipes, music, and resources!
      • Cultural student organizations and academic programs. 
      • Giveaways and resources celebrating the diversity of our Rowan community!
  • DEI SUMMIT - close to solidifying a keynote speaker who is a local activist and who will lead a student empowerment session (will include students from junior colleges as well) - Save the Date April 10, 2023 
    • The call for proposals will be out within the next two weeks.
  • Safe Zone Training Update and Information: 
    • The Office of Social Justice, Inclusion and Conflict Resolution (SJICR) is excited to partner with The SafeZone Initiative LLC to bring a refreshed and transformational Safe Zone training to Rowan University. 
    • All faculty & professional staff, committed to being a safe space for LGBTQIA+ community members and fully onboard with LGBTQIA+ inclusion, are encouraged to register. This highly interactive and in-depth workshop will enhance your knowledge of the LGBTQIA+ community while learning the foundations of active allyship through an intersectional lens and provide you with a better understanding of LGBTQIA+ identities and how to embody the principles of being a SafeZone. Trainees will be given their own SJICR SafeZone sticker and lapel pin to proudly display, as well as a comprehensive manual chock-full of resources and activities.
    • Registration link:
    • SJICR is offering three virtual Safe Zone workshops during the 2023 Spring Semester. Participants are required to complete two consecutive modules (4 hours total) to meet the training requirements. Please note the following dates & times workshops will be offered and the registration deadlines:
      Thursday & Friday, March 2nd & 3rd: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (registration deadline: March 1st by noon)
      Thursday & Friday, March 23rd & 24th: (registration deadline: March 20th by noon)
      • March 23rd, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
      • March 24th, 12:00 pm -2:00 pm
      Thursday & Friday, April 6th & 7th: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (registration deadline: April 3rd by noon)
      Please fill out the following information to receive registration confirmation, zoom links, handouts, and a pre-survey.

      Please note: there is a 30-person cap for each training cohort. Registration is first-come, first serve and will be marked as closed when capacity is reached. Anyone who registers will receive an email indicating their confirmed participation or waitlist spot.


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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
  • 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 to inquire about card access
    • Savitz Hall Room 218 | Max. 15
      Accessible from 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
      • The Prayer Space located on the 2nd Floor of Savitz Hall, Room 218, will be reserved every day beginning Wednesday, March 22nd through Sunday, April 23rd, 9:30 PM – 11 PM for Ramadan. Signage will be posted outside of the prayer room. For more information regarding the guidelines and usage of the space, please review the Interfaith, Prayer, and Meditation Space Policy
  • Student Leadership Nominations 
    • With the end of the year approaching, we would like to invite the entire campus community to take time to nominate a deserving student, advisor, or program for the 2023 Celebrating Leadership Awards. The reception will be held on Monday, April 24, 2023, at 5 PM in the Student Center Ballroom.  You can RSVP for the event on ProfLink: All nominees will be recognized at this event, with a special recognition and plaque presented to the award winner.
    • To submit a nomination, please click here: For a full list of the Campus Leadership Awards & their descriptions, click here: Nominations close on March 10, 2023. 
  • Programs: The programs below are not exclusive to SJICR and may be programs hosted by affiliated student organizations. For more information, please visit proflink

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. We also welcome a new Faculty Fellow for the spring semester - Professor Patricia Coughlin, College of Communications. Welcome to our team!

The Center is located on the first floor of Laurel Hall. Please visit the website:

Upcoming events: 

  • Launching a spring Book Study, reading We are not Broken by Eric Garcia.  We're Not Broken - Eric M. Garcia ( The book study is co-sponsored by the Center for Neurodiversity, PATH, Rowan University’s Neurodiversity Employer Resource Group, and Neurodiversity Affinity Group for Faculty and Staff.  For more information, please contact:
  • The Center for Neurodiversity has partnered with Rowan Libraries, the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Rowan University and Performing Arts at Rowan University for a sensory-friendly concert experience. Join us on Thursday, March 2, for the Rowan Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming performance. Light refreshments will be provided. The link to register is coming soon!




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 -

  • A Day in the Life Admissions/Recruitment Event - CAPA is collaborating with Admissions to bring back the “A Day in the Life” program. This will be a one-day (non-residential) event for Junior students from Camden City to explore the Rowan campus, attend a class, eat at our dining hall, and showcase different clubs/organizations on campus via DEI Day.
  • CAPA is finishing their book study on the Racial Healing Guide
  • February is NJ GEAR UP Community Service Month - students at our Camden campus will be facilitating and volunteering at a number of Camden sites: Homeless Shelter, Cooper Pediatric Center, and animal shelter, Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House once a week (4 Thursday afternoons) and serving dinner to residents. 

Please visit the website - 

The Faculty Center 

  • A Senate Resolution for the BIPOC Studies designation, based on a course advocated for by the Black Student Union in their list of demands to the Rowan administration, will have a first reading in the Senate at our March 3rd meeting. We will host two town halls for the community to share their support their concerns and ask questions. Watch for more info on when those town halls will be held, and please try to come and share your voice!
  • The Antiracist Pedagogies and Practices Taskforce White Paper is on its way to the taskforce members for final review and will be released by early March.

Rowan School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM)

  • RowanSOM recently hosted the Listen to Black Mamas film and discussion. Listen to Black Mamas is a film regarding the maternal mortality crisis in New Jersey developed by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women in collaboration with First Lady Murphy.  New Jersey has the fifth-highest pregnancy-related mortality ratio in the country.  Dr. Tom Cavalieri, inaugural Senior Vice Provost Virtua Health College of Medicine and Life Sciences and Chief Academic Officer, Virtua Health, will be providing the welcome. After the screening, there was be a panel discussion including one of our faculty, Dr. Michele Tartaglia, Assistant Dean of Clinical Education and clinician in the Department of OB/GYN. 
  • 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.