December 6, 2023 - Chancellor Conway shares an update on Rutgers–New Brunswick's campus climate and outlines next steps for continuing to foster a safe and inclusive campus community.
Caring for Our Community
Rutgers–New Brunswick reaffirms its commitment to uphold a culture of safety, mutual respect, and academic freedom.
Universitywide, various virtual and in-person events
These two universitywide series are designed to spark conversations that affirm our commitment to equity and inclusion amid rising tensions.
Further details TBD
The Office of the Chancellor is supporting the creation of the Rutgers Peace Garden, a space in which members of our community will come together to cultivate healing, belonging, and understanding. The Peace Garden initiative is in its early stages and will invite input from members of our campus community. Learn how to get involved.
Monday, November 27 - Friday, December 8
The Center for Faculty Success will present wellness and community building opportunities for faculty, including drop-in guided mindfulness sessions, community building coffee hours, and a quiet space for faculty to pause between classes during a stressful and busy time of year. Further details are forthcoming.
Further details TBD
The Office of the Provost will convene On Speech, a webinar series focusing on free speech and academic freedom. Dates and topics for future webinars are forthcoming.
On Speech: When Academic Freedom and Diversity Collide
Professor Stacy Hawkins examines a vital issue facing higher education today — academic freedom and its potential impact on cultural perspectives — in the first webinar in a new series presented by the Office of the Provost. Watch and learn about issues relative to both concepts and how they can synergize to create a more dynamic educational atmosphere.
Atiya Aftab, chair of the Center for Islamic Life at Rutgers, helped launch the interfaith organization Sisterhood of Salaam Shaloman, an organization that brings together Muslim and Jewish women.
Through planned gatherings, organized prayer, and personal encouragement, campus chaplains are offering students invaluable support as they try to cope with the emotional impact of the conflict.
Rutgers University President Jonathan Holloway sat down with DeForest B. Soaries—Baptist minister, author, public advocate and financial educator—for his Byrne Seminar Citizenship, Institutions, and the Public.
A collection of resources that reaffirm our community commitment toward respecting each other in both word and deed and serve as a reminder of the consequences of hate. These include:
- Hate Kills - Learn about the lasting impacts of words and actions fueled by hate.
- Speak Up! Bias Prevention Campaign - Discover the importance of speaking up against acts of bias.
- Unpacking Hate - Video content to help viewers understand the impacts of intergroup antagonism.
- Our Community Commitments - Powerful calls to action toward building a stronger community.
Learn more about university policy relating to religious observances and culturally significant holidays.
We can use this moment to deepen our collective understanding. When engaging with fellow students or other members of the campus community, it behooves us all to listen and learn.
Francine Conway, Ph.D.
Chancellor and Distinguished Professor
Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Students Supporting Students
Across the university, students are actively participating in civic discourse with their peers, seeking understanding and common ground.
- Peace Is Possible - A forum where Rutgers students of various backgrounds come together to discuss the Israel-Hamas War, enabling challenging discussions in a safe environment.
Messages from Leadership
Communications from Chancellor Conway encouraging students, faculty, and staff to cultivate a community of care.
Freedom from Discrimination, Freedom to Learn in Safety
November 13, 2023 - Chancellor Conway reaffirms Rutgers–New Brunswick's commitments to cultivating a beloved community that values tolerance, free expression, and mutual respect.
Promoting the Safety of Our Community
November 6, 2023 - Chancellor Conway urges faculty, staff, and students to be proactive in promoting the safety and well-being of our community.
Caring for Each Other During Times of Crisis
October 19, 2023 - Chancellor Conway offers encouragement, guidance, and resources on how faculty and staff can continue to support students and each other during challenging times.