What multicultural programs exist at Rider University?
Please visit rider.edu/cdi to view the list of several cultural programs on the Rider campus. You may also contact the respective clubs of interest through the information found on Bronc Nation.
How can I start my own cultural club?
Please find the information and form on Bronc Nation under SGA.
What groups may I join if I identify with the LGBTQIA+ community?
You may join SPECTRUM Pride Alliance! They act as a safe space for members of the community, as well as discussing different aspects of the community.
I am interested in events specifically for Black and Brown students. Does Rider offer any?
Yes. Rider offers events especially to connect those who identify as Black and Brown. Please look out for events that are called "Colorful Connections." These are social mixers and sporting events that connect students of color to like faculty, staff, and alumni. Usually there is a "Colorful Connections" event during Welcome Week in the fall semester, Homecoming Weekend, and in the spring. We also plan to host a "Multicultural Pre-Commencement: A Rite of Passage Ceremony" in April of each year for graduating seniors. Because of COVID-19, our inaugural ceremony was postponed until 2021.
I am very in touch with my Asian roots, are there any organizations that include others like me?
Yes, Rider University has Asian Students at Rider, also know as ASAR, which is dedicated to represent, promote and strengthen the awareness of Asian cultures in the Rider community.
As a black male on the Rider campus, how may I get connected socially?
For starters, the affinity group for black men, to whom you may connect right away, is Black Men Unified (BMU). Its main focus is empowerment, with the pillars of leadership, social justice, collaboration and service. It is an inclusive club, so all are welcome. The contact information for BMU may be found on Bronc Nation. Other cultural clubs and a link to Greek organizations may be found at rider.edu/cdi.
Is there an event where I can receive more information about cultural clubs and Greek life?
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion hosts an annual, A Diverse Welcome Reception, in the BLC Cavalla Room, in collaboration with cultural clubs and fraternities and sororities, where you will have the opportunity to meet with most cultural clubs/fraternities and sororities and their representatives. We will advertise this event for a Monday in mid-September, so please join us! This is a perfect time to network and possibly join a club or two. This is also a great way to meet other freshman and transfer students. You may look at the cultural club of your choice on Bronc Nation. There you will find the contact information for each club or Greek Life organization.
I identify with the LGBTQIA+ community and am an incoming first-year (or transfer student) but have a tough time finding other members on campus. Is there an event where I can make friends with others in the community?
You are invited to attend the annual LGBTQIA+ Welcome Dessert Reception, where individuals who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community, can have a safe place to meet others who have similar interests as you. Please bring your friends and your sweet tooth! This annual event occurs during Welcome Week in the fall semester.
If you have any unanswered questions, please contact the Center for Diversity and Inclusion at 609-895-5781.