By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
They’re at it again, Save Jerseyans.
Despite ongoing financial troubles, the far-left nut jobs who run Rutgers University are increasing budgets – and creating another chancellor (!) – to serve the gods of “diversity” and presumably save themselves the grief currently unfolding in Missouri, Princeton, and other kooky campus hot spots across the country.
This isn’t an isolated incident.
Chancellor Richard L. Edwards, who authored the e-mail below the fold obtained by Save Jersey earlier this week in which he announces 50% budget increases to combat privilege (what that budget increase works out to in real dollars wasn’t disclosed), is the same guy who celebrated the 250th anniversary of his university by blasting out another e-mail lamenting the mistreatment of Indians and slaves by long-dead Rutgers founders.
Go ahead and share this post with someone paying tuition:
Members of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Community,
As we prepare for the Thanksgiving break, I think it is important to take a moment to report upon and applaud the many conversations taking place here on campus that have been driven by students, faculty, and administration with the common goal of fostering a supportive and inclusive community at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.
This dialogue has been shaped in many settings: official meetings with student groups, informal discussions between administration and the community, and teach-ins led by our passionate faculty. The vigorous discussions have spurred several initiatives which will ensure that Rutgers-New Brunswick maintains an inclusive environment where all are welcomed.
After conferring with student groups, Vice Chancellor of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Jorge Schement, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Felicia McGinty and Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Academic Affairs Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, I have authorized, effective immediately, several initiatives that reflect their collective counsel:
· Each of the cultural centers will receive a 50 percent increase in their operating budgets.
· An Inter-Faith Center will be established so that students of all faiths have a space to practice their religion and engage in prayer or meditation.
· The Bias Prevention and Education Committee, which now reports to Dr. McGinty, will be elevated to a Chancellor-level committee and will report to me to keep me apprised of the issues and concerns related to bias on campus.
· Institutional funding to the Student Access and Educational Equity subdivision within the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs will be doubled to create the RU-1st! Initiative. This initiative will increase programming and academic support for Rutgers-New Brunswick students who are the first in their families to attend college or are part of an underrepresented group. The immediate impact of this funding will be to create the Paul Robeson Leadership Institute and expand the James D. Carr Initiatives. These two programs will provide comprehensive academic support, programming that focuses on retention and mentoring, and distinguished lecture series aimed at opening community dialogue on issues of access and equity.
It is vital that we explore more deeply the sentiment of inclusion across our University and that we continue our conversations about race, bias and identity. To that end, I have also established the Task Force on Inclusion and Community Values to broaden the conversation and include the many voices at Rutgers-New Brunswick. The primary objectives of this group will be to:
· Listen to students to understand their views on the climate of inclusion and racial discourse at Rutgers University-New Brunswick
· Define core values that reflect the University’s commitment to creating a safe and inclusive community
· Recommend to me the tangible changes to reflect these aspirational, but achievable, core values
I believe tremendous good can come from a vibrant discourse on who we are and what we want Rutgers-New Brunswick to be. So when you return from your break, please come back invigorated, as I will, so that we may continue what we have just begun.
Have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving.
Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D.
Chancellor, Rutgers University-New Brunswick