Statement to the University Community in Support of Diversity and Inclusion

To Members of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Community:

I write to you in response to recent statements made regarding Islam, and those who follow it. Rutgers University is one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the world. A belief in the value of an inclusive, diverse, and cohesive culture forms a major foundational element that informs what makes Rutgers a special place.

Consequently, we are committed to a community where inclusion and respect lay a foundation for diversity, and where diversity leads to the free and open exchange of ideas.  In effect, we say to all who become a part of our community, “We accept you for who you are, just as we expect you to accept others.”

When individuals feel threatened, when groups receive negative labels, and when entire populations are demonized, the free and open exchange of ideas becomes impossible because the loudest and most threatening triumph.

We, therefore, oppose hate speech, and believe that it has no place in our community.  Moreover, we stand with all members of our community to encourage inclusion, diversity, respect, and the open exchange of ideas.

Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.


Rutgers—New Brunswick

The Junior Intern Program is an exciting opportunity for current Rutgers students to be mentored in leadership, program planning, and community building skills. Interested students must submit an application, recommendation, and complete an in-person interview. At the end of the fall semester, 10-15 students will be selected as Junior Interns for the spring semester. During the spring semester, the Junior Interns will work closely with current Senior Interns, gaining knowledge and experience in the programming and marketing of various events for the Asian American Cultural Center. At the end of the academic year, four Junior Interns will be selected to become paid staff Senior Interns, for the following academic year.

During the program, Junior Interns will attend staff meetings regularly and contribute in the planning and implementation of events hosted by the AACC. Interns will work on the programming and public relations aspect of an event.

Get the most up-to-date information at the Internship Session Facebook page.


Please stay tuned for Fall 2016 Schedule!

Qualifications/requirements of Junior Interns:

Performance and growth will be assessed throughout the program to determine an individual’s potential to become a Senior Intern at the AACC. 10-15 students will be selected as Junior Interns, while only four will be selected to become Senior Interns. Below are some requirements to becoming a Junior Intern:

  • Attend the Junior Intern Retreat on January 2016. Attend weekly staff meetings and training sessions held Fridays. Times subject to change.
  • Willingness to work with an ethnically diverse and culturally pluralistic student body and staff.
  • Willingness to work in an environment emphasizing knowledge and values related to cross cultural communication and interactions.
  • Working knowledge and interest in Asian Pacific community issues in the U.S., the Pacific, Asia, and worldwide.
  • Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment.
  • Effective interpersonal skills, customer service skills, and public relations skills.
  • Awareness of the concerns, pressures, and inequities of women, people of color, and people with diverse sexual orientations.
  • Ability to advocate and serve as an ally for the above mentioned groups; willingness to create alliances among students from different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities.
    Ability to communicate clearly with the public, in both written and spoken venues.

Junior Intern Retreat:

The Junior Intern Retreat occurs in the middle of January and is mandatory for selected Interns. This is an opportunity to build relationships and learn to work as a team, since everyone will be working together throughout the following semester.

For more information about the program, please contact a Senior Intern.



Recommendation Form

Yushi Wang

Yushi Wang

Yushi is available at the AACC from 9:30am-11:30am every Friday, starting on 1/30/2015.

Tam Rovitto

Tam is available at the AACC from 1:30am-3:30am every Friday.

Tam Rovitto

Currently there are no scholarships available, please tune in later in Fall 2015 for upcoming scholarships.

Rutgers’ Asian American Issue Awareness/ Social Justice/ Political Activist/ Educational Group. Solidarity!


Vision Statement: An Asian American community that fosters compassion, respect, & social justice.

Our mission statement is to empower students to create change. Through education, collaboration, and dialogue we strive to bring awareness about Asian American issues to Rutgers University. By hosting workshops, diversifying our network, and providing an open forum we hope to progress as individuals as well as a community.

Objectives of the Asian American Leadership Cabinet:

1. Evolving political actions
2. Building solidarity in our organizations
3. Educating our community
4. Building bridges with other communities
5. Empowering!

For more information or to contact AALC, visit our facebook page


is the movement coordinated by the Asian American Leadership Cabinet to establish an official Asian American Studies program at Rutgers.  We aim to build solidarity within and out of the Asian American community to create change for students.For more information about our fight, visit our facebook page

Queer & Asian


Q&A (formerly known as B.R.I.D.G.E.) was founded in 2010 as a discussion group around LGBTQ and Asian identities. Since then the group has grown and evolved to a community of queer Asian students, faculty, staff, and allies. We discuss a topic every week about issues in the broader queer and Asian community, but mostly we are a group where anyone can have fun, relax and come together to build our own community here at Rutgers. We welcome all who are interested and cannot wait to meet you!

Our meeting dates for the fall semester of 2015 have not been set yet, please stay tuned!

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