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Message from CEDO regarding Inclusivity, Bias and Reporting

Dear Students, Faculty & Staff,

I echo the sentiments expressed by President Mercer and Provost Gaulden and would like to reiterate that the members of the administration are here to support you during this challenging time.  Even without the bricks and mortar of classrooms and labs and the cancellation of in-person meetings, campus activities and gatherings, we remain connected to one another.

Inclusivity

To our faculty: On the eve of this new period of complete remote instruction, please be mindful of our students and the different circumstances they may be encountering during this time. Therefore, try your best to continue to deliver instruction to our students in a manner that is inclusive to all. Understanding that this may not be easy, I am available to assist if you have any questions. Helpful tips and suggestions for delivering a more inclusive online teaching environment are available on the EDIC website. I invite you to share your best practices/literature on this topic with me so that together we can grow this resource.

To all of our students, faculty and staff: Please know that I, along with the staff in the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance, are available to speak with you to answer any questions relating to equity & diversity, bias, discrimination & harassment, and Title IX. Please visit the “Contact Us” tab on the EDIC website for more information and please take advantage of the resources we have shared there for fostering inclusive remote work environments.

Bias and Reporting

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm the College’s mission and commitment to diversity, inclusion and a bias-free environment.  All of our students, faculty and staff are valued members of the College. If you or someone you know at the College has experienced an act of bias or discrimination relating to COVID-19, please report it immediately to diversity@ramapo.edu or (201)684-6693. As New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal poignantly stated in a recent press release, “COVID-19 is no excuse for racism, xenophobia, or hate… Now, more than ever, we should recognize that we’re all in this together. Words and actions that divide us won’t make any of us safer or stronger.” Let us continue to treat one another with respect and resist the urge to judge individuals from different backgrounds with contempt and fear.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other and do not hesitate to reach out for support.

Best Regards,
Nicole

Nicole Morgan Agard
Chief Equity & Diversity Officer