Message from the Vice Chancellor

Jorge Reina Schement

Welcome to ODI!

At Rutgers, a community of many traditions pursues academic excellence in the nation’s most diverse state. As a university we draw talent from every region, community, and group in New Jersey and beyond.

Our commitment to diversity begins with a promise we make to everyone joining us as a student, professor, or member of staff. We at Rutgers will accept you for who you are. That promise of inclusiveness is the foundation of our strength as an academic institution. We believe that bringing diverse groups together into an inclusive community empowers individuals and gives rise to fresh, innovative ideas.

Some universities boast that they put their imprint on every graduate. At Rutgers, we expect that you, with your talent, intelligence, curiosity, and courage, will change us and make us a better university. We, in turn, will help you make your mark on society.

Our atmosphere of free intellectual exchange generates diversity of thought and prepares students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. We offer equal opportunities and support to all who bring their unique talents and aspirations to Rutgers. The result is a community distinguished by equity.

Only an academic community that enables all of its members to fulfill their potential will excel as a university. As such, the promotion of inclusiveness, diversity, and equity are central to Rutgers’ core goals: pre-eminence in research, excellence in teaching, and a genuine commitment to community.

I hope you will explore our new website, sign-up for our listserv, and get involved with Rutgers ODI.

Jorge Reina Schement, Vice Chancellor