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.
To engage the entire college community in discussion and to provide educational opportunities on a variety of subjects related to the African American experience, Academic Affairs offered a well-received Black Lives Matter at Ramapo: A College Colloquium on Race, Social Justice, and Representation and the Conversations on Race series. Recordings of the BLM colloquium presentations are available at: https://www.ramapo.edu/ca/%20blmcolloquium/, and the last discussion in the fall semester Conversations series will occur November 19th at 1:00 pm (for more details, please see https://www.ramapo.edu/sshs/conversations-on-race/).
For those interested in a more structured semester-long educational experience, Ramapo College offers 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 Spring 2021 Course Offerings
AFST 208 a African American Social and Political Thought
AFST 215 b African Americans in Film
AFST 220 b Hip Hop and Society
COMM 203 Film Representation: Race, Class, and Gender
COMM 234 b Intercultural Communication
EDUC 221a Social Context of Education
LAWS 251c Law, Power, and Inequality
LITR 236 Multicultural Literature: Voices of Protest
LITR 319 Author Studies: Virginia Woolf and Toni Morrison
MUSI 202 b The Black Experience Through Music
PSYC 231 Multicultural Psychology
PSYC 239 Cross Cultural Psychology
PSYC 451 Capstone Seminar: Black Psychology
SOCI 215 Sociology of Race Relations
SOSC 110 d Social Science Inquiry
SWRK 270 Cultural Diversity: Racism, Oppression, and Privilege
a: AFST 208 fulfills the Value & Ethics General Education requirement
b: AFST 215, AFST 220, and MUSI 202 fulfill the Culture & Creativity General Education requirement
c: LAWS 251 fulfills the Systems, Sustainability & Society General Education requirement
d: SOSC 110 is a required course in the General Education program
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 seek out educational opportunities and to join the conversation in order to, 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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