Message from the Provost
Ramapo College is New Jersey’s Public Liberal Arts College, dedicated to providing students a strong foundation for a lifetime of achievement. The College is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. Ramapo emphasizes teaching and individual attention to all students. We promote diversity, inclusiveness, sustainability, student engagement, and community involvement.
Dear Ramapo College Students and Faculty,
The Division of Academic Affairs at Ramapo College firmly believes that Black Lives Matter and wants to affirm our commitment to providing a variety of opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage with the important issues and conversations that the recent growth of the Black Lives Matter movement has amplified. We strive to help members of the Ramapo community become better prepared to join the conversation about racial inequality in the United States and to contribute to ending systemic racial discrimination and injustice.
Each of our five schools has created a statement of support for Black Lives Matter, which may be found on their websites. For convenience, links are provided below.
For those who would like to be part of the conversation, please consider attending a new Black Lives Matter Lecture Series (https://www.ramapo.edu/ca/ blmcolloquium/) in the fall and/or participating in the Conversations on Race Series (https://www.ramapo.edu/sshs/conversations-on-race/; Academic Year 2020-2021 dates will be provided soon). Furthermore, Ramapo College offers those interested in a semester-long educational experience a variety of courses that provide the chance to learn more about the history of the slave economy and its enduring effects on our society and on African Americans; the current social, economic, and political structures that perpetuate racial inequality; the social movements for liberation and justice led by African American activists; and the enormous contributions African Americans have made to the cultural landscape of the United States.
We strongly encourage all students to take action now by enrolling in one or more classes that explore the Black experience, African American culture and art, and social justice. Please consult the College catalog for course descriptions and also see https://www.ramapo.edu/promo/africana/.
Some Recommended Fall 2020 Course Offerings
AFST 220 Hip Hop and Society TF 11:50 am – 13:30 pm
HIST 221 African American History I online (asynchronous)
LAWS 251a Law, Power, and Inequality MR 11:20 am -1:00 pm
LAWS 342 Lyrics and the Law MR 6:05 pm – 7:45 pm
LITR 235 African American Literature TF 15:40 pm – 17:20 pm
MUSI 202b Black Experience Through Music TF 9:55 am – 11:35 am
MUSI 233 History of Hip Hop and Rap Music T 6:05 pm – 9:35 pm
SOCI 215 Sociology of Race Relations TF 9:55 am – 11:35 am
SOCI 345c Race, Crime, and Justice M 6:05 pm – 9:35 pm
THEA 321 Black Experience Through Theater TF 15:40 pm – 17:20 pm
a: LAWS 251 fulfills the Systems, Sustainability & Society General Education requirement
b: MUSI 202 fulfills the Culture & Creativity General Education Requirement
c: SOCI 345 is offered in Fall 2020 for Degree Completion Project (DNP) students only
To reiterate, we believe that Black Lives Matter and that we, as individuals and as members of an institution of higher education, have an obligation to contribute to the solution. We encourage all members of the Ramapo community to join the conversation and movement that will, hopefully and once and for all, put an end to systemic racism.
Dr. Susan Gaulden
Interim Provost / Vice President for Academic Affairs
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