Social Justice Support and Action

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Rutgers University-Newark is focused on social justice in higher education. We're creating teaching and learning environments that support all students equitably without regard to race-ethnicity, gender identity, religion, or learning potential.  

We proudly proclaim ourselves a school dedicated to social justice. America is transforming demographically, culturally and politically, and today’s students are seizing their power to shape the future. That means building a world where there is true equality of opportunity for people of all backgrounds. We know the lived experience of ours students, and their insights into society’s greatest challenges, positions them to create great change—globally and in their communities. Rutgers-Newark is not an “ivory tower,” where students and faculty are isolated from the people and places outside its walls. As an anchor institution, we dissolve traditional boundaries between academia and the urban centers where many universities are located. Our students and faculty are an integral part of the city, collaborating and partnering with leaders and residents. We are immersed in—and contribute to—Newark’s civic, cultural and economic life.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Rutgers-Newark is committed to making diversity a way of university life, where all members of our community feel welcome, valued and respected. Rutgers-Newark students, faculty and visitors will find resources to learn about diverse communities and their challenges, connect with peers, and receive support.

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Key Contacts

Intercultural Resource Center (IRC)

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

Undocumented Student Services

Undocumented Student Services Team
Conklin Hall241
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