How does one observe the Rutgers experience? After all, while we digest Rutgers in a series of daily circuits, Rutgers sprawls across space, time, intellect, and culture, so much so that we acknowledge that there’s a Rutgers out there beyond our personal reach. At the same time, we aspire to academic excellence, to engage every student who arrives, as well as to reach out to alums and a large external constituency. As a result, we require metrics to mark our progress.
This almanac seeks to provide some of those metrics. As we aspire to develop diversity and inclusion as theme and foundation, we require a better understanding of who we are. The Diversity Almanac addresses that necessity by assembling data from multiple sources, in order to illustrate the dimensions of diversity at Rutgers. Admittedly, it’s a complex picture. To begin with, we situated Rutgers data within the context of New Jersey and the states that make up the region. To give a more targeted context, we have situated the data within the frame of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) , because we have much in common with the big state universities that comprise the CIC.
We hope that you will be intrigued, engrossed, and enlightened. After all, the Diversity Almanac is a first that we hope to expand in coming years. Consequently, we hope that you will send us your feedback.
Jorge Reigna Schement
Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Inclusion
Distinguished Professor of Communication Policy
Distinguished Professor of Latino Studies
Rutgers University—NB, RBHS