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, first-generation, and underrepresented students. These students face many challenges that often impede their chances of attaining a baccalaureate or advanced degree. Challenges include, but are not limited to, inadequate academic skills, financial constraints, family issues, and limited knowledge of college culture and beyond.
Student Access & Educational Equity (SAEE) is comprised of nine administrative units that work collectively to increase retention and graduation rates and break through historical challenges. Access Week offers a week of community programming and dialogue to create campus awareness for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. The week is filled with a range of notable and renowned speakers, dynamic workshops, and educational community service opportunities
5th Annual Access Week events include:
- I AM COLLEGEBOUND: College Fair & Youth Summit - Monday, February 19, 2018, 8:30am-2:00pm: The College Fair & Youth Summit hosted for Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math-Science high-school participants for an event filled with workshops, speakers, and trainings led by Rutgers undergraduates to aid in preparing students for college. Learn More and Register Here!
- RU-1st Forum - Tuesday, February 20, 2018, 8:30am-1:00pm: A panel of national experts will speak on the affairs of first-generation students and programs that support this population. Attendees will learn about best practices to help facilitate retention and four-year graduation rates of students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY. Learn More and Register Here!
- James Dickson Carr Lecture Series - Bakari Sellers - Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 6:30pm-9:00pm: The lecture series, named in honor of James Dickson Carr who was the first African American graduate of Rutgers University, invites public intellectuals to visit campus to discuss pressing issues of diversity, access, and equity in a public lecture and open dialogue with the Rutgers community. Bakari Sellers, one of the youngest State Representatives and Black elected officials in the United States will be in attendance. OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, STAFF, AND FACULTY. Learn More and Register Here!
- "Read to the Youth" Literacy Campaign (TRIO Day Celebration) - Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00am-12:00pm: As a part of the events to celebrate National TRIO Day, established in 1986 by Congress, Rutgers TRIO programs will read in the local Plainfield Public School District with a focus on reading and literacy improvement. Please donate a children's book (in “good” condition) to Lucy Stone Hall, 3rd Floor, Room A321 or Gateway Transit Village, 7th Floor, Front Desk by Friday, February 9, 2018. OPEN TO ALL UNDERGRADUATES. Learn More and Register Here!