Dean's Message

Dean Jackie Litt

Once again, our convocation fills me with pride as I congratulate the young women Douglass is sending out into the world to make their impact.  This year’s graduating class holds a unique place in my heart, as many of them came to Douglass in 2010 - the same year I was appointed as the tenth dean of Douglass.

We have a watchword that succinctly describes the influence Douglass has on the students who come to us.  It is the “Douglass Difference.” It indicates that our approach to learning makes a significant difference to women we help educate.  In fact, the Douglass Difference was recently highlighted in a Huffington Post article, which can be read here.

We will be using this memorable phrase in numerous ways in our future messaging.  We encourage all of our friends to talk about the Douglass Difference when describing DRC. FAQs

Douglass enhances success for women within Rutgers by offering supportive and culturally engaging living, learning and leadership experiences. The College’s historic legacy connects today’s Douglass students with generations of women leaders and achievers which inspires them to aim higher and go further after graduation.

In this issue of Douglass Now!, we have profiled one of the remarkable women graduating this year – honor student and newly minted anthropologist Devin Ward.  Also we’ve taken an in-depth look at Rutgers University Student Association president-elect, Kristine Baffo. The first woman ever elected to this office is a Douglass woman. We have also spotlighted active alumna Wendy Cai-Lee, Chair of the College Advisory Board, composed of Douglass alumnae who advise me on matters of importance to the college and our Bunting Program for adult learners is featured in a story about Peggy Cooke. Justice Hehir, a rising junior, won an award for a presentation she made about immigrant women, offers a synopsis of her brilliant paper. 

Finally, modern poetry has extraordinary power.  The Rutgers University Slam Poetry team is composed of five poets, three of whom are Douglass women: first year Lillie Hannon, second year Justice Hehir, and senior Kate Thomas.  Their ¨The Rape Poem to End All Rape Poems¨ was performed at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in March. Click the link to see the video which has been viewed nearly half a million times already and has received over 220,000 notes on Tumblr.

Douglass students are creative, innovative, and inspiring. When I first stepped onto this campus four years ago, I immediately knew there was something special here. It has been a true pleasure to discover the Douglass Difference alongside this graduating class. I hope you continue to stay connected with our Douglass community by following us on Facebook, Twitter and checking back with our webpage regularly.

Have a wonderful summer!
Jacquelyn Litt

Dean Jacquelyn Litt, Ph.D.

Dr. Jacquelyn Litt earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in sociology from William Smith College.  She has been the Dean of Douglass Residential College and Douglass Campus, Rutgers University, since July, 2010, having previously served as the founding chair of the women’s and gender studies department at University of Missouri.  The American Sociological Association noted Dr. Litt for "Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship" for her book Medicalized Motherhood: Perspectives from the Lives of African-American and Jewish Women.  Dr. Litt also is the co-author of Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework.  Her research has been funded by major national foundations and she has received awards for excellence in multi - cultural education and contributions to gender equity for women students and faculty. Dr Litt is currently writing a book, “Women of Katrina:  Crossing Borders, Weaving Networks and Taking Care.”