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Equity and Diversity Programs

The mission of Equity and Diversity Programs (OED) at Ramapo College of New Jersey is to ensure the community celebrates diversity and creates a favorable campus climate for all through programs, and peer education.  As an office we believe that diversity is necessary for the success of the institution.

OED assists in the recruitment, retention, engagement and graduation of traditionally represented students, conducts cross-cultural and diversity awareness training, coordinates co-curricular diversity and equity programs and advises affiliated student organizations.

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Heritage Months

The Office of Equity & Diversity Programs is proud to recognize and celebrate the Heritage Months listed below.  These cultural celebrations provide the college community with an opportunity to better understand and appreciate each cultural identity.

Heritage Months

Programs

The Office of Equity & Diversity Programs provides an array of educational programs and social activities that promote diversity and enhance cross-cultural understanding. For more information, please see below:

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Diversity Day

Diversity Day is a day to celebrate and embrace who we are, despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or disability. It is also a day to reflect on and learn about different cultures and ideologies at Ramapo College.

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Diversity Convocation

15TH ANNUAL DIVERSITY CONVOCATION FEATURING RESHMA SAUJANI

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Mentoring

The Office of Equity and Diversity provides mentoring for Faculty and Staff. Please reach out to oed@ramapo.edu for any questions or concerns.

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Rites of Passage Pre-Commencement Ceremony 2021

Rites of Passage Pre Commencement Ceremony banner showing graduating students with special stoles

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Please join us for the Rites of Passage Pre-Commencement Ceremony to celebrate students of Color who have successfully completed an Undergraduate or Graduate Degree at Ramapo College.

The event recognizes their accomplishments, hard work and dedication while simultaneously acknowledging the accomplishments of their families and network of support.

Training and Development

Programs, Workshops, and Training

The Office of Equity and Diversity hosts webinars throughout the semester to educate and discuss topics of diversity and inclusion on campus and in the classroom. To schedule a DEI training session for your department or organization, please contact us at ext. 6693 or diversity@ramapo.edu

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Calendar of Events

October 2021

Friday, October 29, 1:15 p.m. Fishbowl
Donut Worry, Learn About Disability Awareness Month
Come by to get FREE donuts and learn about Disability Awareness Month!

November 2021

Black Solidarity Week – Marking 50 Years Strong!
Monday, November 1 through Friday, November 5

Sunday, October 31st, 11:00a.m. Black Student Union Office
Breakfast & Cemetery Clean-Up
Join the Black Student Union and Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance on Sunday, October 31 at 11 a.m. for breakfast and then we will head to the Hopper Slave Cemetery to help clean up the cemetery. Rakes and leaf bags will be provided.

Monday, November 1st, 12:45p.m. The Arch
Silent March & Vigil *PLEASE WEAR ALL BLACK IN SOLIDARITY*
Please join the Black Student Union and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance in acknowledging Black Solidarity Day on Monday, November 1. Following in tradition with preceding years, an “Honoring Our Ancestors Vigil” will take place on campus. We encourage all to wear black to honor our ancestors and to show solidarity as a group. At 12:45 p.m. participants will begin gathering on campus and the group will depart from the Arch at 1 pm to the Learning Commons for a photo and then be escorted by Public Safety to the Hopper Slave Cemetery across Route 202 where a vigil will be held.

Monday, November 1st, 5:00p.m. SC-158
Black Solidarity Week Opening Banquet
Join the Black Student Union and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance for a dinner of traditional Black cuisine and a screening of High as a Hog. High as a Hog is a docuseries adapted from food historian Jessica B. Harris’ book. The series reveals an expansive, eclectic culinary history shaped by slavery, the Civil War, Juneteenth and the present day featuring West African stews, soul food, barbecue and fine dining. Followed by a discussion.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 7:00pm Black Student Union Office
Love is in the Hair Program
Students of Caribbean Ancestry will be hosting an all about hair discussion. This will be a safe space to discuss hair treatments, protective styles, and share some tips and tricks that work your hair type. There will be a kahoot, prizes, and snacks.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 4:00p.m. Virtual
White Allyship for Students: Embodied Compassion
Educator and psychologist Dr. Broderick Sawyer will host a free workshop for White students on how to practice what he calls “embodied compassion” for self and others, and he will unpack how this relates to creating an anti-racist campus community. For more information go to his website (This workshop is in no way a replacement for therapy services).

Tuesday, November 2nd, 6:00p.m. Virtual
Coping with Racism: Thriving as a Student of Color
Educator and psychologist Dr. Broderick Sawyer will host a free workshop for Black and Brown Ramapo students on how to cope with racism-related stress, microaggressions, and developing a positive self-image despite ongoing racism. For more information go to his website (This workshop is in no way a replacement for therapy services).

Wednesday, November 3rd, 6:00p.m. Virtual
The New Black-to-Africa Movement: The Black Diaspora Seeking Opportunity and Refuge in the Motherland
Join the Black Student Union and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance for a panel-style presentation by Dr. Karl Johnson, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Chair and Co-Convener of the Africana Studies Group and Major. Dr. Johnson will discuss the Black Diaspora seeking opportunity and refuge in the Motherland in relation to Black solidarity.

Wednesday, November 3rd, 7:30p.m. Friends Hall
Judas and the Black Messiah Screening
Join the Black Student Union and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Compliance for a screening of Judas and the Black Messiah. The film is a biographical drama film about the betrayal of Fred Hampton, chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party in the late 1960s Chicago, by William O’Neal, an FBI Informant. Followed by a discussion. Food will be provided.

Thursday, November 4th, 5:00p.m. Black Student Union Office
Brothers Making a Difference Program: Black Business Trivia Game:
Join the Black Student Union and Brothers Making A Difference in a trivia game testing your knowledge on real or fake Black-owned businesses. Many products made by African Americans are not sold by Black businesses. This game will inform others on businesses they can support as well as give an opportunity to win a Black-owned business product.

Thursday, November 4th, 8:00p.m. Pavilion 1
Ebony Women for Social Change: For Colored Girls Screening
Join Ebony Women for Social Change and the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Compliance for a screening of For Colored Girls. The movie is based in New York, where a group of Black women, most of whom live in the same Harlem apartment building, faces personal crises, heartbreak and other challenges.