RiderConnect Digital Networking Platform
Through a partnership between the Office of Career Development and Success and University Advancement, Rider is introducing a new virtual engagement platform for our entire University family. The RiderConnect platform allows alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and others committed to Rider's success to network professionally and socially in a dynamic online community.
We are excited to offer you this platform to stay socially connected, and to offer support to one another through this uncertain time and beyond.
Through RiderConnect you will be able to:
- Search the alumni directory based on a variety of criteria
- Post and search for job opportunities
- View upcoming virtual events or schedule your own
- Give back to your community by sharing your experience and advice with students and alumni
- Mentor a student or fellow alumni
- Gain fresh perspectives from fellow alumni
- In coming months, the platform will also be available in multiple languages
If you use your LinkedIn credentials to sign in, it will import your work history, summary information and profile image -- saving you the work of typing it in for yourself. You can also link to your LinkedIn account after you have registered by accessing the Settings page.
Please note: If the first name, last name and email address you use to register doesn't match what we have in our database, you'll need a quick approval to gain access. This is to ensure that our platform remains exclusive to the Rider Community. Approval typically takes less than 24 business hours.
Resources for Rider alumni
Connect with career counselors from the Career Development and Success Center. We provide an array of services to Rider University graduates. Whether you need to search opportunities and post resumes on Handshake or receive one-on-one career counseling, we’re here to help you throughout your career.
Mental Health Services
This information is provided by the Counseling Center at Rider University. You should contact a mental health professional in the case of severe mental distress.
Recognizing symptoms of distress – A self-checklist
- Excessive worry, fear, and/or feelings of being “stressed” or overwhelmed.
- Persistent sadness, tearfulness, and/or loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
- Feelings of hopelessness and/or dread about the future.
- Unexplained physical symptoms, such as an upset stomach, increased heart rate, nausea, fatigue, etc.
- Increased anger, irritability, agitation and/or disruptive behaviors.
- Inability to concentrate or focus.
- Significant changes in sleep, appetite and/or self-care.
- Social isolation or withdrawal.
- Fear or avoidance of public spaces.
- Thoughts about death, dying and/or suicide.
- Impulsive, reckless or risky behaviors (substance abuse, self-injury, etc.)
Here are some external resources that you may find helpful:
General resources that be used in any state:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Crisis Text Line: Text "Home" to 741-741
Ways to support current Rider students
Many of you have asked how you can help. For those with the ability to do so, you can support students by contributing to one of these funds, described below.
Rider and Westminster Cares Funds
When students on both campuses are impacted by unexpected and devastating circumstances, these funds provide economic support to help bridge students’ most critical needs.
Rider Resource Pantry
Funds directed to the Rider Resource Pantry are used to provide nourishment to students who struggle to eat consistently and to give them access to dry goods, toiletries, laundry supplies and other necessities. The Pantry is experiencing consistent demand during this difficult time.
Rider and Westminster Scholarship Funds
The Rider and Westminster Scholarship Funds support students with financial need, assuring they may continue their studies. During this fraught economic time, students and their families are already sharing heartbreaking stories of livelihoods lost and great economic hardship.
This period of social distancing is difficult, but the Rider spirit transcends our physical space - it is felt in our hearts and minds. Rider prides itself on the strength and cohesiveness of our community, a spirit of togetherness.
We encourage you to join our social network, RiderConnect, and sign up to mentor our students and offer them career advice especially in this challenging job market.