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Dear Faculty and Staff,
On September 29 at 1p.m., Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is proud to present Race Relations: Our Path Forward, a special virtual event with keynote speaker President Jonathan Holloway. As part of its anti-racism initiative, RBHS invites the Rutgers community to join the discussion and explore the history of race relations and structural racism in America, examine our current state, and share in President Holloway's vision for the future. This event will feature an introduction by Chancellor Brian L. Strom, a 30-minute presentation led by President Holloway, and a Q&A session with participants moderated by Sangeeta Lamba, vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at RBHS. Register to join this provocative conversation and learn more about President Holloway's vision of our path forward.
Rutgers Communications and Marketing (R-Comm), the central marketing and communications department supporting Rutgers–New Brunswick and RBHS, invites you to check out its recently launched website to discover how R-Comm is serving the vital missions across the flagship every day. The site showcases R-Comm's work to engage, represent, give a voice to, and connect our Rutgers communities as well as help inform, broadcast, and share your stories with the world like no one else can. Get to know the R-Comm team, read our 2019 Impact Report, and learn more about how we are grounded in strategy and ready for anything!
Open Enrollment for medical, prescription, and dental insurance coverage is just around the corner—the month of October—and it's online! This year, the State Health Benefits Program will be enlisting the help of Businessolver, an external vendor, to facilitate the upcoming benefit selections virtually, starting October 1. As in the past, University Human Resources will continue to handle all enrollment or changes to retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, and voluntary retirement savings plans. Access Open Enrollment resources online and don't miss out on this year's opportunity to review your benefits and make changes for calendar year 2021.
As part of Rutgers' commitment to provide tools and resources to help support and promote employee health as well as financial, mental, and social wellbeing, University Human Resources announces the Rutgers Employees First Webinar Series. Focusing on financial wellness and facilitated by Prudential, these webinars are free to all Rutgers employees and are designed to provide the management tools and education necessary to make the best financial decisions for themselves and for their families' futures. Additionally, don't forget that additional wellness resources as well as access to many of the seminars previously offered can be found on the Discover UHR Wellness website. View a complete list of upcoming Rutgers Employees First Financial Webinars and register today!
Thanks to the Division of Student Affairs Student Centers and Activities, personal meeting room spaces are now open and available for academic engagement. Rooms are limited to one per day for up to three hours, with a maximum of two people. Faculty and staff reservations can be made virtually through the student centers and activities online reservations system.
There are only a few days left to participate in Census 2020 before the September 30 deadline and—if you haven't already—you are encouraged to complete your outstanding census today. Completion of the census is required by law and it also benefits your state by helping to determine congressional representation, informing annual federal funding, and providing important data that will impact communities. For the next decade, lawmakers, business owners, and many others will use 2020 Census data to make critical decisions, including interpreting need and allocating support for things like new schools, new clinics, new roads, and more services for families, older adults, and children. Available online, by phone, or by mail, the 2020 Census questionnaire only takes about ten minutes to complete, so be sure to submit yours before the end of this month!
Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) at Institutional Planning and Operations reminds you to take reasonable safety precautions, including:
- stay alert and attuned to people and circumstances around you, and
- report suspicious activity or persons to the police immediately.
You can contact your local RUPD offices directly:
Follow the Rutgers Police Department on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on issues impacting your community. For more crime prevention information, please visit the Rutgers Public Safety website.
The Office of the Secretary of the University announces recent updates to the University Policy Library:
- Policy 100.3.1: Influenza Immunization Policy for Covered Individuals (PDF)
- Policy 100.3.2: Tuberculosis Surveillance (PDF)
View recent policy updates online. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions, please email the Office of the Secretary of the University.
Join the Tyler Clementi Center for Diversity Education and Bias Prevention for Life after the Closet–Enduring Shame at the End of Privacy. This half-day, virtual symposium is dedicated to remembering Tyler Clementi's life, lost ten years ago to intolerance, by spreading awareness and understanding of the role and complexities of the closet, both protective and oppressive. Presented by the Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement, this free event on LGBTQ+ identity and mental health will contend with shame and the lives of gay men across generations, the consequences of the loss of privacy, and the way that intersectional, particularly minoritized identities, can shift experiences revealing the cost and utility of the closet. All of the Rutgers community is encouraged to participate and use #LifeAfterTheCloset to follow this event on social media, and do your part to help learn, understand, and remember. Get involved and register for the Life after the Closet virtual symposium today!
On September 26, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., Douglass Residential College proudly invites members of the Rutgers community to join its 102nd Fall Convocation Ceremony via YouTube, as the new class of Douglass students are welcomed by special guest speaker, Elizabeth Warren, Democratic U.S. Senator from Massachusetts and the first woman elected to the position by that state. This celebratory event is free and will feature introductory remarks from President Jonathan Holloway as well as messages to the Class of 2024 from fellow students and the Dean Jacquelyn Litt. Register to take part in this event to help welcome these incoming students as they embark on their Douglass journey.
Now through October 25, the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and the School of Arts and Sciences Cinema Studies program proudly present the Fall 2020 New Jersey Film Festival, an annual public showcase of new international films, American independent features, experimental and short subjects, classic revivals, and cutting-edge documentaries. This year’s online festival will feature special virtual guest appearances by film directors, producers, and actors as well as special filmmaker introductions and Q&A sessions for many of the films. All films will be available via Video On Demand for 24 hours on their show dates, so check out the upcoming film lineup and buy your tickets today!
As part of the Enhancing Victim Services Project funded through the New Jersey Attorney General's office, the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work introduces Addressing Interpersonal Violence at RU: A Training for Faculty and Staff. With the first iteration starting at 2 p.m. on September 29, this training focuses on supporting students and colleagues impacted by interpersonal violence and sexual misconduct during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to providing employees with increased understanding, skills, and knowledge of available supportive resources, this interactive training will explore how racism, systemic oppression, and intersecting identities impact student and colleague survivor experiences. Email the project's faculty and staff training coordinator, Kaylin Padovano, with questions or to schedule an individual training for your team. View the schedule of upcoming training dates and register.
On October 1, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Zimmerli Art Museum invites you to join in celebrating a virtual book launch for the exhibition catalogue, Angela Davis: Seize the Time. This free event is open to the public, will be captioned in English as well as Spanish, and feature a live discussion with authors Gerry Beegan, Nicole Fleetwood, Donna Gustafson, and Lisbet Tellefsen. Registration is required, so submit yours today. Explore what's happening this semester on Zimmerli at Home, the museum's interactive virtual hub.
On October 1, to help confront head-on the skepticism and misinformation circulating around research and vaccine development, the New Jersey Medical School Clinical Research Center (NJMS CRC) will be hosting a virtual unpacking and exploration of medical mistrust and fear surrounding COVID-19 research. Through this event, in collaboration with Garden State Equality and Rutgers HIV Prevention CPSDI, NJMS CRC will work to address efficacy, safety, and how recruitment of diverse communities is vital to finding a solution to the COVID-19 pandemic. NJMS CRC, also known as Research With A Heart, remains committed to providing research for the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic as well as HIV treatment and prevention through community engagement, collaboration, and education. Follow Research With A Heart on Facebook and Instagram @Researchwithaheart and register for Conspiracies & COVID-19 in Communities of Color to be a part of conversation!
Did You Know
Free access to LinkedIn Learning is available for all active Rutgers faculty, staff, and students, featuring thousands of video tutorials and online training resources about business, technology, and creative skills. LinkedIn Learning, an upgraded platform of Lynda.com, offers content and courses from expert instructors that range from beginner to advanced. Additional benefits include help for new users, tailored course recommendations, certification exam prep, and even CEU-earning opportunities. Log in with your NetID and start taking advantage of your free, on-demand instruction with LinkedIn Learning anytime, anywhere with desktop and mobile apps!
Rutgers University Public Safety reminds members of the Rutgers community that we are now required to carry our RU ID card with us at all times on-campus for both building entry and identification purposes, due to face-covering mandates, as noted in the Return to Rutgers Guide (PDF). If an RU ID card is lost or damaged, Rutgers faculty, staff, and students can visit the Identity and Access Management website for more information about obtaining a replacement RU ID card.
In September, the School of Social Work (SSW) proudly released its new strategic plan, Toward a More Just Future: A Five-Year Strategic Plan. Peruse the pages of either the online e-book or your own downloaded copy and join SSW for a guided tour of how it envisions its own as well as our national and international future: one grounded in justice and focused on innovation, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, and community. Check it out today!
Awards & Honors
Mollye Asher, part-time lecturer of filmmaking at Mason Gross School of the Arts, was vicariously honored earlier this month when Nomadland, a film by Chloe Zhao that she helped produce, won this year's top prize for best picture, the Golden Lion, at the film's world premiere at Venice Film Festival.
Pam Tanowitz, a part-time lecturer and visiting artist in dance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, has been named a 2020 Doris Duke Artist in the dance category by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This honor is accompanied by an award of $275,000, which is "intended as an investment in and celebration of their artistic vitality and ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, jazz, and theater."
On The Move
Jonathan Potter has been reappointed as dean of the School of Communication and Information by the Office of the Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick, and he will continue in his role as dean of the school for another five years.