Rider University is committed to fostering an inclusive, vibrant living and learning community that embraces students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and enables them to achieve success. As an institution striving for inclusive excellence, we intentionally infuse efforts to promote equity and inclusion in all aspects of our campus, including:
Through reflection and open, respectful dialogue, we develop responsible citizens who demonstrate academic understanding and compassion to grow and serve as leaders in a diverse and global world.
The Inclusive Excellence Plan highlights Rider’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion and outlines strategic commitments to advance Rider as an inclusive community. The Plan is a product of the year-long work of the President’s Council on Inclusion, a group of committed faculty, staff and students who facilitated a comprehensive process engaging more than 100 faculty, staff, student and alumni members of the University community.
The Inclusive Excellence Plan presupposes the values of diversity, equity and inclusion are intentionally woven into the fabric of what we do and who we are as Rider University. The Rider University Inclusive Excellence Plan, therefore, takes elements from the University strategic plan that articulate these values and outlines a road map to implementation — defining key opportunities and priorities to exemplify inclusion in every aspect of what we do.
Video of the October 10, 2019 Launch Event
Inclusive Excellence Anniversary
1. Improve recruitment, retention and graduation rates of students whose identities are underrepresented, marginalized and/or underresourced in higher education.
2. Improve the diversity of employees to better reflect the diverse identities represented in our student population.
3. Advance cultural competency as a core component of Rider student learning for all students, assuring students can identify and explain the potential benefits and/or conflicts that arise from a world that is a complex, interdependent global system of social, cultural and economic communities.
4. Develop and maintain a positive campus climate which embraces the diversity of identities for all members of our community, while also promoting inclusion specifically for those who are underrepresented, marginalized and/or underresourced in higher education.
5. Signify institutional commitment to inclusion by enhancing structural support throughout policies, facilities and resource allocation.
6. Extend Rider as a leader for issues of inclusion with the surrounding community.
Rider University celebrates culture and history through the commemoration of the following heritage months, events and programs:
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 - October 15
Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. September 15 is the starting date because it signifies the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries.
National Coming Out Day
Rider celebrates Coming Out Day on October 11 to raise awareness, recognize and provide solidarity to members of the LGBTQ+ community.
Native American Heritage Month
In November, The Piscataway Indian Nation visits the Rider campus to perform breathtaking and captivating traditional dances to celebrate the Native American warrior, the women of their tribe, and wisdom, strength, and power, as they bring awareness to the campus community through their art and messaging.
Black History Month
During the month of February, the Black student organizations in collaboration with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, support initiatives to bring awareness in the Rider community of the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to the American and global society.
Women’s History Month
A cultural celebration celebrated in March designed to heighten awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of women to American and global society.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)
April (Nationally celebrated in May)
Rider University celebrates APAHM in April with a variety of traditional cultural events from book discussions, HOLI and Karaoke nights.
Rider Shared Read Program
Believing the hallmark of an educated person is the ability to engage in reading, understanding, and discussing capacious, complex social issues. The Rider University Shared Read program began in 2014 and creates a platform for small and large group discussions focused on those issues. New students receive their free copies of the book at summer orientation. Over the course of the year, a range of activities allows multifaceted explorations of the themes raised by the book and opportunities to build community across our university.
Cultural, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion events are defined, as follows:
Special thanks to the President's Council on Inclusion members
|Co-chair: Alison Thomas-Cottingham, Psychology||Keyonna Murray, Sophomore, CLAS||Co-chair: Leanna Fenneberg, Student Affairs||Kienna S. Childs-Alexander '07|
|Justin Burton, Fine and Performing Arts||Angel Sanches, Senior, CLAS||Pam Pruitt, Center for Diversity and Inclusion||Garry Keel '78|
|Melissa Hofman, Librarian||T Bracho, Junior, CLAS||Heeyoung Kim, Teaching and Learning Center||Shanza Arooj '18|
|Trent Blanton, Theatre and Dance||Abigail Flanagan, Junior, WCA||Sonya Hurt, Athletics||Pedro Figueroa '09|
|Farheen Choudhary, Communication and Journalism||Lindsey Mulrooney, Sophomore, NBCB||Demara White, University Marketing and Communications||Allison Triglianos '05|
|Sangmi Kang, Music Education, Westminster||Dylan Erdelyi, Senior, WCA||Gabrielle Rinkus, University Advancement||Krishna Powell '05|
|Maria Sanchez, Accounting||Clarissa Gilliam, Human Resources||Nicole Woodland-DeVan '98|
|Aubrey Daniels, Education and Public Service||Tom Johnson, Title IX||Taara Stewart '11|
|Ashley Leeds '18|
|Erick Hodge '20|