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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)January 3, 2003

Mahwah -On the occasion of United Nations Human Rights Day, Tuesday, December 10, Governor James E. McGreevey issued a proclamation announcing the appointment of Dr. Rodney D. Smith, president of Ramapo College of New Jersey, as United Nations Day Chair for the coming year. United Nations Day is observed on October 24, the anniversary of the UN’s founding in 1945.
In his role as chair of United Nations Day,” said Governor McGreevey, Dr. Smith, will work with the United Nations Association and other community leaders to organize events and activities to educate citizens about the continuing need for the United Nations and the importance of undertaking efforts on the local and international levels.” In the proclamation, the governor continued by saying, The citizens of New Jersey are encouraged to participate in all activities related to the United Nations.”

United Nations Day and International Human Rights Day are times of reflection: about war and peace, about poverty and prosperity, about America and the world, and about our past and our future,” said Smith. The U.N. has become an important global response to international terrorism and key to building a more peaceful world. At a time when we face a possible war in the Middle East and remember the attack of September 11, 2001, Americans recognize the importance of the United Nations and also the vital role of our own global understanding and education,” said Smith.

Smith, who has endorsed Ramapo College’s historical focus on global education and international programs such as study abroad and student and faculty exchanges, concluded, Subsequently we will work toward interweaving more internationalism into the curriculum as well as more interdisciplinary approaches. Our perception of global understanding must be redefined. The world has changed – therefore we must prepare students, and all of us, for a transformed world,” he said.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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