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Message from the Intercultual Resource Center (IRC) Team

October 27, 2020

On November 3, 2020 Americans will vote to decide who will be the next president of the United States. Additionally, we will elect federal, state and local officials who will make decisions that impact our health, education and safety for years to come.

Throughout this election season, the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) is committed to providing spaces for students to connect with peers, share information, discuss their perspectives and make their voices heard.  

We hope these collaborative programs and events will provide students with a space for validation, ignite passion for social change and promote unity within our Rutgers University-Newark community.

Additional information and updates will be listed on this page.

Please, take care and be safe.

In Unity,

Zaire, Maria, Mel, and Gary | The IRC Team

Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Pre & Post Election Events 2020

Activism 101 Workshop
Monday, October 26th | 3:00pm

This workshop focuses on basic advocacy techniques that students and allies can use to change college campuses and communities. 

Hosted by Nedia Morsy, Community Organizer, Make the Road NJ, and Maria Zamora, Program Manager, RU-N IRC- Undocumented Student Services (USS)

Event Link (Zoom): https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/92569825493

Password: 78612

Day of Dialogue
Wednesday, October 28th | 10:00am – 6:00pm

The Intercultural Resource Center, Office of Student Life and Leadership, and the Truth and Racial Healing and Transformation Center invite you to experience dialogues across differences of identity and social justice focused on topics in relation on the upcoming presidential election.  The all-day dialogue series will conclude with a panel about election and the power of the vote.

“Power of the Vote: Registration, Education, and Awareness” | Time 6:00pm – 7:00pm (Panel Space)

Hosted by Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) & Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)

Event Link (Zoom): https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/96853439559?pwd=OFZCTk1ERHdJSEJOUlNWbW5UaTA3QT09

Password: 00000

Know Your Rights Training
Thursday, October 29th | 4:00pm

This interactive training will help students, faculty, and staff learn about their rights, exercise them, and know what to do when encountering law enforcement.

Hosted by Jason Hernandez, Esq. and Undocumented Student Services (USS)

Event Link (Zoom): https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/99003333971

Password: 040468

Free Expression Workshop
Thursday, October 29th | 1:00pm-3:00pm

In preparation to the election, this program aims to explain the basics of free expression and how it relates to personal and professional development within the current climate.

Hosted by Bias Education Response Team (BERT)

Event Link (Zoom): https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/99001576982?pwd=NlpuSE5aWTdGNVlsUzlTaFNkMk4vUT09

Password: 00000

Community of Care Space
Friday, October 30th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Intercultural Resource Center provides the RU-N community a space to discuss and unpack current events while providing support during the time of this unprecedented semester.

Hosted by Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

Event Link (Zoom): https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUqcOuoqj0tE9ye8wQCZHM71J9h4MxkKXdY

Password: 00000

Virtual Listening Spaces
Multiple Dates & Times | Details Below

Virtual listening spaces are available the week of the election as brave spaces to unpack actions and events of the week.

Hosted by the Division of Student Affairs (CARE Team, Counseling Services and IRC)

  • Monday, November 2th  | 10:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00pm-4:00pm | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Zoom Link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/99989573176?pwd=Zm1zN1ZOZ0p0cEwyZmdzRGU2aWk0UT09

Password: 0000

  • Tuesday, November 3th  | 10:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00pm-4:00pm | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Zoom Link : https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/92625898808?pwd=OXQ1amJEWUVPUmJCQTZUaEd0THZUdz09

Password: 0000

  • Wednesday, November 4th  | 10:00am – 12:00pm | 2:00pm-4:00pm | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Zoom Link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/99559498331?pwd=eXcwVlpZeHEzR29FZC92YmFQSXJlZz09

Password: 0000

Post-Election Campus Conversation
Multiple Dates & Times | Details Below

Election Day has passed, but what now?  Come join the IRC and OSSL team in a facilitated discussion which will allow students, faculty, and staff to engage as a community while sharing their views and experiences and foster a better understanding of Election Day and next steps.

Hosted by ntercultural Resource Center (IRC) & Office of Student Life & Leadership (OSLL)

  • Thursday, November 5th  | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Zoom Link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/97075944250?pwd=d3Zzb3VYajNaY092MjduSm8yM01OQT09

Password: 0000

  • A Post-Electoral Conversation (TODAY!) Monday, November 9th  | 11:30am – 1:00pm

Zoom ID : 924 7165 8928

Password: 384620

Message from Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) Team

June 1, 2020 

Rutgers University-Newark Family,

The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, in addition the countless number of killings, policing and pain experienced by the black community has emotionally wounded our student leaders and the Rutgers University-Newark community.  Conversations over the past couple of days with the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) team, student leaders, and the Rutgers University-Newark family reminded me of the 1969 Conklin Hall Takeover.  The actions of black students who, through their decisive action, demanded support for their student population as well the rights for other minority students. Years later, the actions have resulted in the current beauty of the rich diversity reflected in our community today.  With their spirit and the needed call for action in mind, the Intercultural Resource Center (IRC) will be doing the following:

Student Virtual Drop-in Hours:

Staff from the IRC and Office of Student Life and Leadership (OSLL) will have standing hours this week, and over the summer, to virtually drop in and talk (hours are subject to change as needed):

Monday
Nikita (OSLL) 1:00pm-3:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/nikki14
Mel 1:30pm-2:30pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mem458
Tuesday
Maria Z 11:00am-12:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mjz87
Mel 1:30pm-2:30pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mem458
Gary 2:00pm-5:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/gs858
DJ (OSLL) 3:00pm-5:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/dbeni
Wednesday
Kaitlin (OSLL) 10:00am-12:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/kcw76
Thursday
Maria Z 10:00am-11:00am https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mjz87
Janique (OSLL) 2:00pm-4:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/jms967
Friday
Mel 10:30am-11:30am https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mem458
Maria Z 11:00am-12:00pm https://rutgers.webex.com/meet/mjz87

Upcoming Events

Day Of Dialogue (10/28/20)
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Wednesday, October 28 | ALL DAY 

Hosted by the Intercultural Recource Center (IRC)

Platform: Zoom  

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RU-iN Dialogue (10/29/20)
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Thursday, October 29 | 4:00pm

Platform: Zoom 

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Undocu-Empower Hour: No human is Illegal on Stolen Land (11/9/20)
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Monday, November 9 | 11:30am 

Zoom Link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/8334724039

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Vaping & Social Justice (11/11/20)
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Wednesday, November 11 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm 

Platform: TBD

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Q-chat (11/16/20)
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Monday, November 16 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm 

Circles Link: https://tinyurl.com/QchatFall2020

Password: dialogue

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RU-iN Dialogue (12/3/20)
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Thursday, December 3 | 4:00pm 

Platform: Zoom 

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Undocu-Empower Hour: Immigrants get the Job done (12/9/20)
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Wednesday, December 9 | 2:30pm

Platform: Zoom 

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Undocu- Entrepreneur (9/30/20)
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Wednesday, September 30 | 6:00pm

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Virtual Health Fair (10/5/20)
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Monday, October 5 | 11:30am - 1:00pm 

Platform: Zoom

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(OUTober Fest) Coming Out Monologues (Oct 11-17)
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October 11 - 17 

Information will be released throughout the week on Social Media 

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(OUTober Fest) Q-chat: GAYSL (10/12/20)
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Monday, October 12 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Circles Link: https://tinyurl.com/QchatFall2020

Password: dialogue

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Undocu-Empower Hour: The Uninsured (10/12/20)
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Monday, October 12 | 11:30am 

Zoom Link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/j/8334724039

 

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(OUTober Fest) RU-N’s Drag Race (10/15/20)
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Thursday, October 15 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Zoom Link: https://tinyurl.com/OUToberDrag

Password: I<3Drag

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Lunch & Lead: Civic Engagement (10/19/20)
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Monday, October 19 | 11:30am - 1:00pm 

Platform: Zoom 

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I Stand with Immigrants Day (10/21/20)
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Wednesday, October 21 | ALL DAY 

Co-hosts: Intercultural Recource Center (IRC) and Undocumented Student Services (USS) 

Follow on Social Media: @run_uss

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Additional Support and Action

Racial Healing Circles
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Connect with the IRC and the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) to discuss our shared humanity as a community “How do we Deal, How Do We Heal.”

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The IRC hopes that these offerings provide the first steps in setting the tone for continued conversations with all members of our community and support toward all those most personally impacted.

Mel, Maria, and I stand in anguish with you.  Most of all, we stand in solidarity and ask to please, take care and be safe.

In Unity,

Gary Santos Mendoza, M.S.Ed.

Director, Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

Conklin Hall | Room 213 | 973.353.2796

Pronouns: He/ Him/ His /El

Key Contacts

Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

Gary Santos Mendoza, M.S.Ed. | Pronouns: He/Him/His/El | Director | gs858@newark.rutgers.edu
(973) 353-2796
Conklin HallRoom 213
175 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services

Maria Zamora | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Program Manager | maria.zamora@rutgers.edu
973-353-3416
Conklin Hall232
175 University AveNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services, Intercultural Resource Center 

LGBTQ Student Services

Mel McCuin, MFA | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Program Coordinator | LGBTQ Student Services
(973) 353-0783
Conklin HallRoom 224
175 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102

Main Contact for LGBTQ Student Services Intercultural Resource Center 

Zaire O'Neil

Pronouns She/Her/Hers | Graduate Assistant | Intercultural Resource Center

Contact with questions on the Intercultural Resource Center