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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):

Nikita (OSLL) 1:00pm-3:00pm
Mel 1:30pm-2:30pm
Maria Z 11:00am-12:00pm
Mel 1:30pm-2:30pm
Gary 2:00pm-5:00pm
DJ (OSLL) 3:00pm-5:00pm
Kaitlin (OSLL) 10:00am-12:00pm
Maria Z 10:00am-11:00am
Janique (OSLL) 2:00pm-4:00pm
Mel 10:30am-11:30am
Maria Z 11:00am-12:00pm

Additional Support and Action

Black Music Month: The Role of Ancestor Veneration in Newark's Black Music
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Thursday, June 25 | 6:30PM-8:00PM

In honor of Black Music Month, we welcome you to virtually join the Paul Robeson Galleries on Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 pm as we celebrate Newark’s rich Black music legacy. Hosted by Nia I’man Smith, the evening will feature an interactive presentation highlighting musicians from Newark whose music illustrates the role of ancestor veneration in Black music as a form of honoring the past, being in conversation with the present, and envisioning the future.

RSVP required. Zoom details will be sent via email 24 hours before the program.

For more details and to RSVP

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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 |
(973) 353-2796
Conklin HallRoom 213
175 University AvenueNewarkNJ07102

Undocumented Student Services

Maria Zamora | Pronouns: She/Her/Hers | Program Manager |
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