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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance

Ramapo College LogoWelcome to the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance (EDIC) at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

The mission of EDIC is to advance a shared understanding and practice of equity, diversity, inclusion, and compliance as key components of the College’s Mission and Values. EDIC’s goal is to provide point and coordinate leadership for college-wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and to ensure the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is reflected in its policies, programs and community of students, faculty and staff.

About E.D.I.C

EDIC is comprised of the following offices: Office of Affirmative Action and Workplace Compliance; Office of Title IX, ADA and Compliance Training; and Equity and Diversity Programs.

EDIC coordinates with campus stakeholders, including the Admissions Department, the Office of the Provost and the People Operations and Employee Resources Department, to advance Ramapo College’s diversity and inclusion and recruitment and hiring programs.  In addition, all complaints of bias, discrimination, hostile work environment and harassment and alleged violations of the New Jersey State Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Americans with Disabilities Act will be promptly and thoroughly investigated.

For more information or to speak with an EDIC representative please visit our Contact Us page.

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Black History Month 2023 Events & Programs

Thursday February 2, 1:15pm; SC 157-8
Black History Month Opening Proclamation
The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance is pleased to invite to kick-off its annual recognition of Black History Month with the Opening Proclamation program! The program will begin with a reading of the proclamation by President Cindy Jebb, followed by two performances and announcements of the programs and events scheduled to take place throughout the month. Lunch will be served.

Saturday February 4, 9:00pm; H Wing 129
Movie Night: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Happy Black History Month! The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance and the College Programming Board invites all to a special Movie Night, featuring the Marvel film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever!

Sunday, February 5
Day Trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture
The Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance and the Educational Opportunity Fund are excited to sponsor a day trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, located in the heart of Washington D.C! The bus will be leaving campus at 6:15 a.m. and leaving D.C. at 5:30pm. Please sign up here. Please contact at rsawyer@ramapo.edu or ext. 7487 with questions.

Monday, February 6, 8:00pm, B-227
Behind the Braids (History of Braids)
Join Lambda Tau Omega as they host a conversation about the history and importance of hair braiding! There will be a raffle for Black-owned hair care products too!

Monday, February 13, 1:30pm; SC-156
REST AS RESISTANCE: PART 1
Rest is imperative for well being physically, mentally and emotionally. In this workshop co-sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance (EDIC) and the Counseling Center, Associate Director of EDIC Rachel Sawyer-Walker will take an intersectional approach on learning how to rest without feeling guilty through discussion. There will be an examination of self-talk about the resistance to take time to rest, and stepping into honoring self-care practices, particularly for Black and people of Color. There will also be a discussion regarding seeing rest as a radical tool for community healing and a form of resistance by naming sleep deprivation as a racial and social justice issue. The workshop is based on Tricia Hersey’s book, Rest as Resistance: A Manifesto. All are welcome.

Wednesday, February 22, 6:00pm, Friends Hall
Panel: Black in the Workplace 
The Cahill Center, the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance, and Women’s Center are happy to present – Black in the Workplace. This event will feature working professionals who will be speaking on topics related to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, being Black in the Workplace, tips, and advice on how they overcame challenges, etc.

Thursday, February 23, 9:00pm; Friends Hall
Taste of Africa
Join the College Programming Board and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance for a Taste of Africa.

Monday, February 27, 1:00pm; WRPR Radio Show
Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?: A Conversation on Black Self-Love and Community
Tune into WRPR radio 90.3 as Tanadjza Robinson-McCray, from the Educational Opportunity Fund, and Rachel Sawyer-Walker, from the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Compliance, analyze Malcolm X’s famous excerpt speech ‘Who Taught You to Hate Yourself?’. The program will include a discussion on anti-Blackness, different forms of love, bell hooks’ book All About Love, and learning to love oneself in a society that has tried to deem Blacks to be unworthy of love and community.

Wednesday, March 1, 12:30pm; Multicultural Center D-214
REST AS RESISTANCE: PART 2
Rest is imperative for well being physically, mentally and emotionally. In part two of the Rest as Resistance workshop led by Rachel Sawyer-Walker, we will take time to rest through meditation, and sleep. The goal is to create a safe, intersectional space for the Ramapo community to rest together. Yes, we will be taking a nap! Free blankets provided while supplies last. Cosponsored by Athletics, the Counseling Center and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance.

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Anticipated Opening: February 22, 2023

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