The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies was a joint effort between the Institute for Women's Leadership, the School of Communication and Information and the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.
6/25/2017 2:17pm

Rutgers establishes Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies

The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies is the newest addition to the Rutgers Board of Governors. Funded by more than 425 donors, the chair aims to challenge students in debate and scholarship focusing on new media, social change and power structures, according to a Rutgers press release.  Rutgers’ Institute for Women’s Leadership in conjunction with the School of Communication and Information and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will lead in brainstorming for this chair. Gloria Steinem, who the chair is named for, is a world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist.

The Higher Education Committee of the New Jersey General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution in support of including a student vote on Rutgers' Board of Governors. Of the state's 11 public colleges and universities, eight have a student vote on their respective governing boards. Rutgers is not yet one of those eight.
6/12/2017 11:31pm

Fight for student voting seat on Rutgers Board of Governors takes definitive step forward

A group of Rutgers students gathered in Trenton this morning to deliver a testimony to the New Jersey General Assembly’s Higher Education Committee in favor of including a student vote on the University’s Board of Governors. Multiple members of the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) successfully worked to convince the Committee to pass Assembly Resolution No. 256 unanimously, which urges the Rutgers University Board of Governors to appoint two student representatives to the board with one student serving as a full voting member. The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Nancy J.


In the New York Times' College Access Index, Rutgers was listed in the top 25 percent of universities doing the most for college accessibility and economic diversity, outscoring all of its Big Ten competitors. About 30 percent of Rutgers first-year students receive Pell Grants, and 76 percent of those recipients graduate.
6/3/2017 9:31pm

Rutgers is keeping the 'American Dream' alive, according to New York Times index

At Rutgers’ 250th commencement ceremony, former President Barack Obama said "America converges here," praising the University for its renowned diverse student body and faculty. The New York Times recently released their annual College Access Index, which ranked Rutgers 31st out of the 171 universities in the United States that are “doing the most for the American Dream.” The University outscored all of its Big Ten competitors in this listing, which based its results on economic diversity and college accessibility. The Index is a combination of a college’s Pell Grant recipients’ graduation rates and the net price they pay, compared to the average school.

A team of five Rutgers graduate students, from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, created the "Beyond the Threshold" plan alongside their faculty advisor, Professor Tony Nelessen. (Rutgers Today)
5/24/2017 7:09pm

5 Rutgers graduate students take 1st place in Department of Housing and Urban Development competition

Five Rutgers graduate students recently took first place in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition. The team was comprised of four Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy students, Sharone Small, Chelsea Moore-Ritchie, Christine Winter and Jane Allen, and Kimberly Tryba, a graduate student in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

A Rutgers Center for State Health Policy poll found disparities with neighborhood satisfaction based on race and income.
5/22/2017 5:59pm

Rutgers poll finds correlation between wealth, community satisfaction in New Jersey

A recent Rutgers Center for State Health Policy poll found the overall neighborhood satisfaction of people living in New Jersey by examining the overall satisfaction with residents' neighborhoods,  their access to healthy food, places to walk and exercise, according to the poll. But there are disparities in the findings based on race and income.  While 81 percent of those surveyed responded that their neighborhoods are considered a “good or excellent” place to live, 91 percent of those respondents had a high income, 78 percent had middle income and 57 percent received low income, according to the poll. People in low-income black or Hispanic families who reported being less healthy or without health insurance also rated their neighborhoods lower, according to the poll.

Rutgers graduate Gianna DeVeitro recently passed away after battling leukemia for a year. She worked endlessly to help others through organizations such as DKMS and Kier's Kidz.
5/17/2017 7:04pm

Rutgers graduate passes away after year-long battle with leukemia

After courageously battling leukemia for almost one year, Rutgers Class of 2016 graduate and former manager of the Rutgers women’s basketball team Gianna DeVeitro passed away last weekend. In July, only a few months after graduating with a degree in journalism and media studies, DeVeitro was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. DeVeitro’s medical condition never kept her from fighting for the benefit of others. In January, she teamed up with two non-profits dedicated to helping those afflicted with cancer and blood diseases, DKMS and Kier’s Kidz, and hosted a Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive. DKMS is an organization that helps people diagnosed with blood diseases find donors who match their genetic makeup.

Earlier this week, the Rites of Passage Ceremony honored black and Latinx Rutgers graduates. The 25-year-old event grew from hosting only 100 students in its first year to now celebrating more than 700 students.
5/13/2017 6:29pm

25th annual Rites of Passage Ceremony celebrates accomplishments of Black, Latinx graduates

Earlier this week, the 25th annual Rites of Passage Ceremony commemorated the accomplishments of black and Latinx Rutgers graduates. The event honored the community of black and Latinx students who represent perseverance, academic excellence and instill positivity in their communities. The assistant director of intercultural initiatives for the Paul Robeson Cultural Center (PRCC), Jannah Handy, said the event aimed to highlight the acknowledgments and conversations that many times are unable to make their way into commencement. The village, a term commonly referring to friends and families of students, were invited to attend the event and were recognized alongside graduates for the significant role they play in the overall success of student academics and life endeavors, Handy said. During its inaugural celebration, the event hosted roughly 100 students inside the Kirkpatrick Chapel and now hosts more than 700 in a much larger complex.

Senior Associate Dean Martin Markowitz of Rutgers Business School–New Brunswick "taps" students eligible to join the school's chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. (PRNewsfoto/Rutgers Business School)
5/13/2017 5:49pm

Rutgers Business School's Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society ranked No. 1 chapter in the world

Rutgers Business School—New Brunswick has been awarded the Gold Chapter Award by the Beta Gamma Sigma international honor business society, making it the No. 1 ranked chapter in the world out of 544 business schools. The New Brunswick chapter was established in 1991, and its membership, which is now at almost 100 students, has tripled in the last few years, according to a press release. "Becoming the Beta Gamma Sigma Gold Chapter bring recognition to our students and our program excellence," said Martin Markowitz, senior associate dean of the Rutgers Business School—New Brunswick.

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