Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Strengthen your cultural competencies, boost inclusivity on campus, interrogate structures of power, and advance social justice through interdisciplinary programming. Opportunities for academic research, student leadership training, living-learning communities, workshops, and critical conversations compose a well-rounded education that foregrounds equity and inclusivity in the context of women’s leadership
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program trains 25-45 ambassadors each year to lead conversations with other students on topics such as: Allyship, LGBTQ+ Justice, Ableism, Racism, and Mental Health.
The Global Village is a set of opportunities that prioritize the intersection of community outreach, experiential learning, and global initiatives.
The Dean's Diversity Board is composed of Douglass students who meet monthly in a mutual exchange of ideas and feedback in diversity, equity, and inclusion matters with the Dean.
Women's Day at Douglass is an annual event that aims to commemorate and honor the resilience, strength, and work of women globally. Speakers, service-learning, self-care activities, and more bring the Douglass community together to celebrate and learn.
“My role as a DEI Ambassador has been eye opening and comforting. I didn't think it would be so necessary to be in a room with empowered women who are willing to engage in difficult conversations. It's refreshing to see and interact with people who are looking to spread understanding, love, and justice.” - Yenny Tavarez
Dominique Hazel-Criss never considered herself an activist, though she always knew she wanted to make a change in the world. Read more about her journey into social justice programs below.
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This past month, Douglass students and staff traveled to Kuwait! While abroad, students took part in educational and service-learning experiences centered around the feminist topics they study and research as part of the Douglass Global Leaders program.
The Global Leaders program at Douglass offers students a unique path towards a fully funded study abroad opportunity. As part of the program, students take two credit-bearing courses and conduct research on issues affecting women and girls internationally. Over winter break, they travel together with their Douglass instructors on a study abroad trip to learn deeply about a country’s culture and immerse themselves in a global experience.
At Douglass, diversity, equity, and inclusion is expansive, offering a wide array of initiatives to serve students from a multitude of unique experiences—including those who have had to take alternative paths to the typical college experience. During the month of November, the College is celebrating its thriving population of nontraditional students—students over the age of 23 pursuing a college education—and raising awareness for the challenges they face.
“Part of being a diverse and inclusive university is accepting and accommodating those from different backgrounds than the traditional demographic of students on campus,” said Gail Lordi DRC’24, a nontraditional aged Douglass student studying ITI and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
On Monday, April 11, 2022, Douglass Residential College at Rutgers–New Brunswick will mark the launch of its new, innovative partnership with The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) through a lecture by Dr. Hasnaa Mokhtar. In "Narrative Power and the Invisible Trauma of Gender-Based Violence," Dr. Mokhtar will engage students in one of the most pressing problems women face globally.
On March 4, 2022, Douglass hosted Women’s Day at Douglass, an annual college-wide event in honor of International Women’s Day! The afternoon sought to recognize the work of local and global gender equality initiatives while offering Douglass students a chance to connect.
The Africana: Gender and the Black Diaspora House, formerly named the Africana House, is an important component of both Douglass history and current college programming. The community is one of seven globally themed houses in the Douglass Global Village Living-Learning Community. Members of the community live together in a common residence hall, take a house course, and explore research interests in relation to the Black American, African, and Caribbean cultures in New Brunswick and beyond. Together, they learn about the contemporary issues facing members of the African Diaspora and explore Black feminist thought through cultural manifestations of identity politics.
The Douglass Global Village’s La Casa, will be holding "Picnic Con Los Amigos," a celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, on October 10, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Jameson Courtyard. At the picnic, there will be Bachata lessons, giveaways, and a keynote speaker. All Douglass students are invited to attend.
Author Isabel Wilkerson to Join Douglass College’s “Dean’s Series: Critical Conversations on Black History”