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
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.
Thursday, October 10
National Coming Out Day Keynote: Staceyann Chin
The Changing Face of LGBTQ+ Acceptance in the Caribbean
6:45pm Rue Auditorium, Sweigart Hall
Friday, October 11
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October 22 - December 6
Osmyn J.Oree: I’m Still Black Art Exhibit
Art Gallery, Bart Luedeke Center
Wednesday, October 23
LGBTQ History Month Film Screening: Stonewall Uprising
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lynch Adler Hall, Shapiro Multipurpose Room (202)
Monday, October 28
The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias, Dr. Dolly Chugh, Marvin Goldstein Lecture Series
7:30 p.m. Bart Luedeke Center Theater
Tuesday, October 29
A Night with Anna Clark, Author of The Poisoned City
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bart Luedeke Center Theater
Thursday, November 7
Pioneering Voices in Media, featuring Susan L. Taylor, Editor in Chief Emeritus of Essence Magazine
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Bart Luedeke Center, Cavalla Room
Friday, November 8
Rider’s Dance and Sustainability Project explores links between The Poisoned City and a dance created for the Global Water Project
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bart Luedeke Center Theater
Tuesday, November 11
Film screening and Discussion: No Mas Bebes, Documentary on Immigration and Reproductive Rights
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sweigart, Rue Auditorium (115)
Tuesday, November 12 / Wednesday, November 13
Tales from Down Under (the Vagina Monologues)
8p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Bart Luedeke Center Theater
Wednesday, November 13
A panel of local mayors discuss challenges of providing clean drinking water to their communities.
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday, November 20
Celebration of Lights, honoring cultural holiday traditions
6p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Moore Library
Tuesday, December 3
Faith and Coping
Noon Vona Center, Room 1