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Rowan University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
(856) 256-4000
School Information
"Since its founding in 1923, Rowan University has evolved from a teacher preparation college to a bustling regional university that's ranked among the best public universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report. Today, Rowan's more than 18,000 students choose from more than 74 bachelor's and 51 master's degree programs, four doctoral programs and two professional programs. The university is one of just 56 institutions in the country with accredited programs in business, education, engineering and medicine" (Source: The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1.
General Information
Rowan University has taken action since the death of George Floyd and has worked to incorporate CRT in its curriculum. The university has created many different programming series. All faculty and staff and trained with DEI programming and all student leaders are also trained. Rowan University has been working to get as many students trained as possible and has incorporated anti-racist concepts throughout course curricula. Additionally, Rowan University offers many events on the topics of anti-racism, inclusivity, and diversity. This is exemplified in its various initiatives, such as the 1619 Project. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • To its faculty and staff, Rowan University offers various certificates that promote diversity training and goals. These certificates include the Foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate and the Inclusive Pedagogy and Practices Certificate.
  • Rowan University offers Implicit Bias training for Hiring and Search Committee members.
  • As of January 2021, Rowan University has accomplished its goal to "seek new and evaluate existing student trainings and workshops" as part of its goal to "educate all staff and student leaders of the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusivity through trainings, workshops, and personal reflection activities."
  • Rowan University seeks to create a "minimum requirement for administration to engage in DEI related professional development." Rowan will also train the Office of Community Standards staff.
Program and Research Funding
  • Rowan University offers a Bachelor's degree in Inclusive Education. One of the courses for this major is a course in "Cultural Geography."
  • In July 2020, Rowan University created a DEI task force. The DEI division was created in 2019.
  • The university states that, "Through the pervasive demonstrations around our nation, we have been called to reckon with injustice that pervades our institutional structures." Thus, the university created the "Anti-Racist Reading List." This reading list is available in the library.
  • The library also offers resources for student who are researching anti-racist music theory. These resources are found in the "Anti-Racist Music Theory Assignment."
  • Rowan University has a series of events and programming denoted the 1619 Project which "aims to reframe the country‚Äôs history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative."
  • Rowan University refers to the NIRSA Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion resource manual for guidance on university policies and potential initiatives.
  • In response to the death of George Floyd, Rowan University launched the "We Are Not OK: Injustice, Action and Healing" series.
Symbolic Actions
  • In response to the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping of September 22, 2020, Rowan University reiterated its stance as an anti-racist institution. The university stated, "As an institution of higher education, Rowan has the responsibility to expose students to educational opportunities that promote growth, development and appreciation of diverse perspectives through coursework, experiences, and programming. Further, we promote inclusive professional development for faculty and staff."
  • The university ensures that DEI is included "as a discussion item for departmental bi-weekly meetings and reports."
  • On September 25th, 2020, Rowan University took part in an online forum titled, "Dreams Will Not Be Deferred: A Conversation with Chief Diversity Officers on the Status of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in New Jersey Higher Education Institutions."
Last updated April 10th, 2023
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