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University Committee on Diversity, Race, and Gender

Purpose and Mission

The University Committee on Diversity, Race, and Gender (UCD) was formed in July 2019 as a result of a joint agreement between the university and the AAUP-AFT, the faculty union which represents faculty, graduate assistants, and teaching assistants at Camden, Newark and New Brunswick (faculty represented for collective negotiations purposes by the AAUP-BHSNJ are not represented on the UCD because the UCD was created as part of the July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2022 collective negotiations agreement between Rutgers and the AAUP-AFT).

The charge of the committee is to, amongst other things, recommend initiatives pertaining to diversity, including diversity training, recruitment, retention, mentoring, and professional development.

A view of Rutgers University main gate.

Leadership

The AAUP-AFT elected Professor Deepa Kumar to Co-Chair the committee to continue her work on gender and race equity, which she made central to the mission of the AAUP-AFT starting in 2016. SVPAA Barbara Lee initially co-chaired the committee. The UCD is comprised of six members of the AAUP-AFT negotiations unit selected by AAUP-AFT, and up to six members, selected by, and including the now-Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA) or designee, with representation from the three geographic areas of the university (New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden). Each co-chair selected five committee members who then began meeting in Fall 2019. In spring 2021, EVPAA Prabhas Moghe appointed Professor Michelle Stephens as his designee to co-chair the committee.

The UCD liaises and works collaboratively with both the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (EVPAA) and the Senior Vice President for Equity (SVPE) as well as other Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leaders at the four chancellor-led units, bringing to the table the perspectives, ideas, and proposals of faculty and teaching assistants/graduate assistants.

Committee Co-Chairs

Deepa Kumar (AAUP-AFT Representative)

Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and Inaugural Chair, STRIDE Committee

Michelle Stephens (EVPAA Designate)

Professor, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of English, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and Founding Executive Director, Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice

Accordion Content

  • Corinne Castro | Representative for Anna Branch, Senior Vice President for Equity
    Senior Director for Faculty Diversity and Institutional Transformation
    Rutgers University

    Courtenay Cavanaugh
    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychology
    Rutgers University–Camden

    Cynthia Daniels
    Professor
    Department of Political Science
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Carlos Decen | Chair
    Associate Professor
    Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies| Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies<
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Stacy Hawkins
    Professor
    Rutgers Law School
    Rutgers University–Camden

    Katherine Lloyd
    Teaching Assistant
    Department of Chemistry
    Rutgers University–Newark

    Angela Mullis
    Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs | EVPAA Support (non-voting member)
    Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Rutgers University

    Donna Murch
    Associate Professor
    Department of History
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Edward Ramsamy | Chair
    Associate Professor
    Department of Africana Studies
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Luis Rivera
    Director
    Rutgers Implicit Social Cognition Laboratory 
    Rutgers University–Newark

    Henry Turner
    Vice President for Academic Initiatives
    Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Professor
    Department of English
    Rutgers University–New Brunswick

    Staff

    Joann Segarra
    Senior Executive Associate
    Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Rutgers University

UCD Work and 2021-2022 Report

In 2019-2020, the committee gathered information from the Camden, Newark, and New Brunswick campuses on their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as they relate to faculty. Committee members also examined the scope and scale of the mentoring programs that were then housed in the Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, now the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs of Dr. Prabhas Moghe.

In spring 2021, now co-chaired by Professors Kumar and Stephens, the committee focused on updating and gathering new information from the relevant campuses and offices on all the areas under the committee’s purview (subcommittees gathered information on hiring, retention, both faculty and graduate mentoring, and diversity training). At the end of the year, committee members voted on the key initiatives and funding goals to be prioritized for consideration in 2021-2022, including mechanisms to promote mentorship for graduate and teaching assistants, non-tenure track faculty, assistant and associate professors, and retention of faculty more broadly.

Emerge sculpture, located on the Camden campus.