As the flagship campus, Rutgers – New Brunswick enrolls a diverse population of students and possesses a strong commitment to diversity and access. This diverse population includes significant numbers of low-income and first-generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in undergraduate and graduate education. These students face many challenges that often impede their chances of attaining a baccalaureate degree. Some of the challenges include inadequate academic skills, financial constraints, family issues, and limited knowledge of possible careers. Access week will primarily focus on providing opportunities to connect students with activities and events that promote the SAEE values of Access, Partnership, Inclusivity and Progressive Thinking. Additionally, SAEE will invite high-profile scholars to speak to the entire university community on issues of diversity, retention and graduation.
The goal of Access Week is to provide first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students with exposure to the process of academic inquiry, and the college experience through a series of educational and social workshops and activities. Access Week events for this year include:
- Monday, February 13, 2017: Movie screening of “Documented, The Film” written by Jose Antonio Vargas. Documented chronicles his journey to America from the Philippines as a child highlighting his public struggle as an immigration reform activist. This screening will provide context for the Vargas’ lecture later on in the week. 7:00-9:30PM at the Rutgers Cineman on Livingston Campus. View the Flyer!
- Tuesday, February 14, 2017: RU-1st Forum. The Forum's goal is the exploration of issues faced by first-generation, low-income or historically underrepresented college students in higher education. Invited professionals will participate on a panel to provide their insights into the challenges faced by students in these populations and provide best practices to retain and graduate first-generation students. The forum seeks to provide an area where best practices on creating positive social and learning environments to embrace first-generation students high level of courage, tenacity, and ingenuity can be shared to improve service delivery. View the Flyer
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017: Jose Antonio Vargas delivers a keynote address. View the Flyer
- Thursday February 16, 2017: Lecture by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill as a part of the Carr Lecture Series. Dr. Hill is an American academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality who focuses on the intersection of culture, politics and education. View the Flyer
- Friday, February 17, 2017: Read to the Youth: A part of the events to celebrate National TRIO Day, where Rutgers undergraduates visit elementary students in Plainfield, New Jersey to focus on literacy. View the Flyer
- Saturday, February 18, 2017: Men & Women of Color Symposium which will explore the topics of building and strengthen the community through inclusivity. The symposium will include a keynote address by Ms. Symone Sanders, CNN Political Commentator and Democratic Strategist. Ms. Sanders is also the youngest press secretary to ever run a presidential campaign. View the Flyer