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The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports a number of campus-wide events/programs that celebrate our diverse community and advance multicultural understanding.

A Diverse Welcome Reception

Alumni are invited to speak briefly to the students about their experiences at Rider, as a diverse student. Food and refreshments are served.

Student Voices: Meaningful Conversations

Dialogue among students, faculty and staff in better understanding the challenges faced by events in the media describing tension in America. Also, these conversations, held at various times in each semester, address the negative experiences faced or observed by diverse students on both of Rider’s campuses. They are:

  • CONVERSATION CAFÉ: What’s on your mind?
    An advertised, agenda-driven series of conversations on current issues that may affect our lives, usually hosted and moderated by Rider students, with panels of students, faculty and staff, and hosted by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Open Door Conversations 
    An open forum for students to voice their concerns and promote dialogue among students on campus. Usually held on Fridays from 1 to 3:00 p.m. in the BLC Student Leadership Suite on the Lawrence campus.

Unity Day

United Day is celebrated annually to support awareness and understanding of social justice issues that affect our lives in this globally diverse world. Unity Day is the main kick-off activity that sets the tone for the school year, wherein our students, faculty, staff, alumni and outside constituents come together to also celebrate the diverse elements that make up the Rider community. The students, faculty and staff are invited to participate on the planning committee.

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports Latin American organizations in heightening the awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of Latin Americans to the American and global society. This important holiday is celebrated annually September 15 through October 15. 

HIV/AIDS Awareness in Commemoration of World AIDS Day

Usually on or around December 1 (World Aids Day), we educate and instill awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic into the Rider student body. The student-made HIV/AIDS Awareness Quilt is on display from 9 am to 9 pm. A candlelight vigil is held from 5 to 5:15 p.m. When possible, a speaker is invited on campus to educate the students on the importance of this subject. Condoms and other health information are also made available. 

Celebration of Lights

This winter festival event occurs during the week prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday. It is the kickoff of the holiday season on the Rider campus with cultural traditions. Celebration of Lights highlights Three Kings Day, Eid, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Diwali, among others, and includes a special invited guest at the end of the evening.

Black History Month

During the month of February, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports initiatives to heighten awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of Blacks, including African Americans, Caribbeans, Africans, etc., to the American and global society.

National Coming Out Day

Annual civil awareness day to recognize and provide solidarity to members of the LGBTQ community.

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

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion supports the programming which takes place to heighten awareness of the accomplishments and contributions of Asians/Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, to the American and global society. While the actual month of celebration is May, we celebrate this month in April because of the Commencement activities that take place in May.

LGBTQ+ Dessert Reception

Hosted annually during Welcome Week, this reception welcomes individuals who identify with the LGBTQ+ community and allies to convene in a safe place and start building community.