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.
- 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 , 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.