Educational Outreach Initiatives

Educational Outreach provides high-impact experiences that engage students’ intellectual exploration through academic initiatives by faculty, staff, and students, with a specific focus on enhancing the educational and co-curricular experiences for first-generation, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented groups (HUGS) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.  

Student Opportunity Grants - SAEE offers small grant funding to support the retention and graduation of students at Rutgers University–New Brunswick (i.e., tuition, research, travel, emergency assistance)

National First-Generation College Celebration -The concept of a first-generation student was introduced into federal policy during the passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965. SAEE host an annual campus-wide celebration that occurs in November of each year in honor of this important legislation and to celebrate the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff on your campuses (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators [NASPA]).

Access Week (Third Week of February) - Access Week offers a week of community programming and dialogue to create campus awareness for first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students to promote campus diversity and inclusion. Access Week includes notable and renowned speakers, workshops, faculty/staff professional development, and educational community service opportunities inclusive of National TRIO Day established in 1986. 

RU1st Alliance - The RU1st Alliance is a cross-functional group of faculty and staff administrators who meet regularly to engage in collaborations that assist in the retention and graduation of first-generation students. 

RU1st Study Abroad Initiative - In partnership with Rutgers Global (RU-Global), first-generation students are awarded a full scholarship inclusive of travel, passports, and tuition to participate in short-term study abroad experiences to help develop global competence and increase social and cultural capital. 

HUGS Initiatives

  • Men of Color Empowerment Retreat: An annual off-campus retreat held to address and help formulate solutions to the academic, social, financial, and professional problems men of color, particularly African American and Hispanic/Latinos, may face on campus. The retreat connects students to faculty and staff mentors who play an important role in increasing retention and graduation rates.
  • Women of Color Leadership Summit: A summit held to address and help formulate solutions to the academic, social, financial, and professional problems women of color, particularly African American and Hispanic/Latinos, may face on campus. The summit connects students to faculty and staff mentors who play an important role in increasing retention and graduation rates.
  • HUGS Career Showcase & Leadership Development Programs: In partnership with University Career Services, these annual events connect historically underrepresented students with employers who have career opportunities targeted at diversifying the workforce.
  • James Dickson Carr Lecture Series: Named after James Dickson Carr, the first African American graduate of Rutgers University, the series invites public intellectuals and campus faculty to discuss pressing issues of diversity, access, and equity in a public lecture and open dialogue with the Rutgers community.
  • Paul Robeson Leadership Institute (PRLI): This summer leadership institute invites incoming first-year students to participate in a high-impact experience to become future leaders in the spirit of Paul Robeson. It is dedicated to improving the graduation and retention rates of first-generation students, with an emphasis on historically underrepresented males. This was established as a part of the RU-1st Initiative.