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Rider University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
2083 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrenceville , New Jersey 08648
(609) 896-5000
School Information
Rider University is a comprehensive, private university centrally located between Philadelphia and New York City. More than 4,600 students are drawn to its programs in business, education, liberal arts, sciences, music, and fine and performing arts. The University's Engaged Learning Program is the unifying thread that runs throughout a Rider education, providing a deeply personal and destiny-shaping experience for every student. Through internships, study abroad, community service, research with faculty, participation in the arts and more, Rider students forge their own pathways and embark on exciting futures with the support of meaningful connections made at the university.
General Information
Rider University has undertaken a dramatic effort to infuse the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into every aspect of the University’s functions. Rider authored an “Inclusive Excellence Plan” which details all the current and upcoming initiatives to diversify its student body and faculty, require diversity, microaggression, and implicit bias training on a regular basis, and facilitate campus discussions on race. In June 2020, Rider’s President called America “systemically racist” country and vowed to combat it on campus. The University’s library revamped its resources to promote “antiracist” literature. The Center for Diversity and Inclusion was awarded a physical office to carry out its mission, along with a new Chief Diversity Officer. This powerful Center now invites speakers and panels and facilitates peer-led dialogues on implicit bias, social justice, ally training, and the identity wheel. New students and faculty must go through DEI training. Student leadership candidates are vetted based on skin color and degree of cultural competency. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," Rider is "recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff." This includes students "whose identities are underrepresented, marginalized and/or underresourced in higher education."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Rider's President released a statement on June 10, 2020, announcing that the University had "undertaken steps to diversify our employees, including diverse faculty hiring practices, and a required commitment to diversity statement as part of the hiring application."
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," "All peer tutors and supplemental instruction leaders will complete diversity training that focuses on the importance of recognizing and overcoming implicit biases with the cultivation of empathy and compassion. The Milestone Scholars' peer mentors will undergo two training sessions on identifying and addressing microaggressions." (Page 17)
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," the University is to "improve the cultural competency of faculty and staff" by "implementing intentional diversity and inclusion training that is offered in all orientations for new faculty and staff." (Page 17)
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," Rider "Facilitated dedicated session on Inclusive Excellence for the full Board of Trustees." (Page 20)
  • "Recruit diverse students to leadership positions. Develop and deliver specific diversity competency training as a component of a comprehensive leadership model approach to key student leadership positions." (Page 16)
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," Rider claims that its "Individual departments and divisions are implementing competency training regularly." (Page 18)
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion's 2023-2028 Strategic Plan states that it would "[o]ffer diversity and inclusion training for all CDI staff and student workers."
  • One of the objectives of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion's 2023-2028 Strategic Plan is to "Increase student engagement with social justice issues by hosting a series of workshops on topics like microaggressions, allyship, and intersectionality."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," the University will "Develop and deliver specific introduction to Rider’s values and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion for new students (e.g., summer orientation, Welcome Week, residential experience). Integrate explicit educational opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion for new students (e.g., summer orientation, Welcome Week, residential experience). Efforts will include a required virtual training module and intentional residential programming. (Student Affairs)" (Page 16)
Disciplinary Measures
  • Rider outlines its bias incident protocol and states that it is "intended to direct members of the Rider community to information that will provide direction on defining, understanding, identifying, and reporting bias-related incidents and/or hate crimes."
Program and Research Funding
  • In 2020, Rider created the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and provided it physical space in the Bart Luedeke Center. This Center will commit to enforcing the goals of the "Inclusive Excellence Plan."
  • Rider faculty members from the College of Education and the College of Business have formed the "Antiracism in the Academy: An Education and Action Group." Originally, the program "became a caucus group for white faculty members seeking to expand their understanding of antiracism and pedagogy," but later expanded to include faculty members from other colleges. One of the main goals of the program is to "identify and develop more inclusive pedagogy, design antiracist classrooms, and challenge white supremacy in the academy."  
  • One of Rider University's "Inclusion Goals" is to "improve the diversity of employees to better reflect the diverse identities represented in our student population."
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," Rider created and followed a "'mandate' in CDS that 50% of our hired Student Employees would be underrepresented." (Page 21)
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," Rider introduced speakers, panels, and peer-led dialogues on "race," "racial bias," "implicit bias," "social justice," "safe zone ally training," and "the identity wheel." (Page 17)
  • Rider launched the "Inclusive Excellence Plan" to "intentionally infuse efforts to promote equity and inclusion in all aspects of our campus."
  • Under the "Inclusive Excellence Plan," Rider is "facilitating cultural competency and understanding throughout the University community." It is also "developing equitable policies and practices."
  • On August 10, 2021, Rider named Barbara J. Lawrence as the inaugural "Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / Chief Diversity officer."
  • Rider's library "currently maintains 9 research guides that provide resources concerning diversity, equity and inclusion." One of the guides offered by the library is titled "Race, Racism, and Antiracism." (Page 22)
  • Rider's library provides resources on the 1619 Project, "How to Be an Antiracist," and "White Fragility."
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion's 2023-2028 Strategic Plan states that it would " [f]oster stronger relationships between CDI and other departments/organizations on campus by establishing a CDI liaison for each department/organization."
  • The Multicultural Student Leadership Institute at Rider "seeks to support and nurture first-year students and transfer students from diverse backgrounds in transitioning into a private, suburban educational environment."
Symbolic Actions
  • Rider's President released a statement to students and faculty on June 10, 2020, claiming that "racism is systemic and perpetual."
Last updated December 13th, 2023
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