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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:

Colorful Connections

Colorful connections is a collaborative event between Residence Life, The Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and Transition programs. The event is a social mixer to connect students of color to faculty and staff of color on Rider’s campus. 

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. Students will be able to learn about the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

A Diverse Welcome Reception

In the beginning of the fall semester of each year, all first-year and transfer students are invited to a welcome reception highlighting opportunities to engage with the diverse clubs and Greek organizations on the Rider campus. An alumnus/alumna is invited to speak briefly to the students about his/her experience at Rider, as a diverse student. Food and refreshments are served. This is a collaborative event between the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the cultural clubs and Greek Life organizations on the Rider Campus.

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.

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.

Native American Heritage Month

In November, we bring to the Rider University campus the Piscataway Indian Nation to perform their breathtaking and captivating traditional dances, representative of multiple regions of Maryland, North Virginia, New Jersey, and Ohio. This is how they continue to keep their culture alive through dances that depict celebrations of the Native American warrior, the women of their tribe, and wisdom, strength, and power. They stress that while there are many Native American tribes, who have different customs and practices, they are still one people no matter what.

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. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is happy to support this day on the Rider campus whenever needed.

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.