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Governor Richard Codey to Visit, Declare Ramapo College of New Jersey Stigma Free

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 23, 2016

(MAHWAH, N.J.) – Governor Richard Codey will visit Ramapo College of New Jersey on Wednesday, September 28 to declare the campus Stigma Free and celebrate efforts by student, faculty and administrators to educate themselves and each other about mental illness.

The Governor and his wife, Mary Jo Codey, established the Codey Fund for Mental Health to ensure that compassionate, quality mental healthcare is accessible to everyone and that the stigma associated with mental illness is overcome through public awareness and education.

The Governor will speak at the Ramapo Arch at noon on Wednesday, September 28. In the event of rain, the event will be held in Friends Hall on the second floor of the Student Center.

In addition, the College will host an IN THEIR SHOES™ exhibit created by the non-profit Attitudes in Reverse (AIR) which also is committed to eliminating stigma against mental health disorders. AIR was founded in 2010 by Tricia, Kurt and Katelyn Baker of Plainsboro, New Jersey soon after their family member Kenny died by suicide following a long battle against severe depression and anxiety. Since 2011, AIR has delivered its interactive, educational presentation about mental health and suicide prevention to more than 30,000 students in middle and high schools and colleges in New Jersey, New York, Vermont and Missouri.

The IN THEIR SHOES™ exhibit is presented at school and community events and is designed to build empathy and understanding. The exhibit primarily consists of the number of shoes in each state – in New Jersey, it is 234 – matching the number of youth ages 10 to 24 years, who lose hope and take their lives each year. These shoes have tags on them with statements representing the struggles the youth experienced before they die by suicide.

In addition, information about College resources to students and other members of the community will be on display.

For more information, contact Angela Daidone, Public Relations Specialist at Ramapo College, at or 201-684-7477.



About Ramapo College

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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

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, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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