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Activism – Student Activism on Campus

Student activism has surged in the last decade, with young campaigners calling on leaders both on and off campus to right wrongs, erase inequalities and secure the future of our planet. But this is nothing new: Student activists led the charge during the Civil Rights Movement and were early adopters of environmentalism. While peaceful protests and petitions are still important parts of their toolbox, today’s student activists are expanding by bringing activism to the web and social media. The following guide explains what it means to be a student activist and where to find support for certain causes. It also provides tools and guidance on how to create goal-oriented, effective rallies for change.

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-0120

A council of national African American women’s organizations that lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.

National Organization for Women (NOW)

P.O. Box 3219
Jersey City, NJ 07303
(609) 393-0156

The New Jersey State Organization of the National Organization for Women is a state-wide women’s rights activist organization consisting of 10,000 women and men members, activists, and allies.

New Jersey Citizen Action

744 Broad Street, Suite 2080
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 643-8800

NJCA is a statewide grassroots organization that fights for economic and social justice. We combine on the ground organizing, legislative advocacy, and electoral campaigns to win progressive policy and political victories that make a difference in people’s lives.

New Jersey Institute for Social Justice

60 Park Place, Suite 511
Newark, NJ   07102-5504
(973) 624-9400

The New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is a Newark-based urban research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s urban areas and residents.

The Sierra Club

145 West Hanover Street
Trenton, NJ 08618
(609) 656-7612

The Sierra Club is a national, member-supported environmental organization, which seeks to influence public policy in both Washington and the state capitals through public education and grass-roots political action.

United for Peace and Justice

630 9th Avenue, Suite 216
New York, NY 10108
(212) 868-5545

United for Peace and Justice is a coalition of more than 1300 local and national groups throughout the United States who have joined together to protest the immoral and disastrous Iraq War and oppose our government’s policy of permanent warfare and empire-building.

United Service Organizations

1 (888) 484-3876

The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform.

Civil Rights

Alliance for Retired Americans

815 16th Street, NW 4th floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 637-5399

A nationwide organization allied with the AFL-CIO and other partners working to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens, particularly focusing on retiree legislative and political issues.

American Association for Affirmative Action (AAAA)

1701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 206
Washington DC, 20006
(202) 349-9855

The association of professionals managing affirmative action, equal opportunity, diversity and other human resource programs.

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

2013 H Street NW 5TH Floor
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 521-4316

A cross-disability member organization dedicated to ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment for the more than 56 million Americans with disabilities.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

1310 L St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 785.7700

Promotes education and equity for all women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004
(212) 549-2500

Working in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.

Equality Now

125 Maiden Lane 9th Floor, Suite B
New York NY 10038
(212) 586-0906

Works to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world through the mobilization of public pressure, particularly on issues of rape, domestic violence, reproductive rights, trafficking, female genital mutilation, political participation, and gender discrimination.

Feminist Majority

1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 801
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 522-2214

Works to promote women’s equality, reproductive health, and non-violence.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

104 W 29th St #4
New York, NY 10001
(212) 629-3322

Dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

110 William St
New York, NY 10038
(212) 727-0135

Strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

1765 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 921-5225

Works to protect the rights of all segments of the Asian Pacific American community.

Lambda Legal

120 Wall Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10005-3919
(212) 809-8585

Lambda Legal, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

1133 19th Street, NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 833-6130

Works to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating at more than 700 LULAC councils nationwide.

MS. Foundation for Women

12 MetroTech Center 26th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 742.2300

Supports the efforts of women and girls to govern their own lives and influence the world around them by providing leadership, expertise, and financial support.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

4805 Mt. Hope Drive
Baltimore MD 21215
(410) 580-5777
Toll Free: (877) NAACP-98

Bergen County NAACP Branch
P.O. Box 1136
Teaneck, NJ 07666

A civil rights organization working to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of minority group citizens of the United States.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Embassy of Tribal Nations
1516 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 466-7767

Works to secure the rights and benefits of Indians under treaties with the United States, to give the public a better understanding of the Indian people, and to promote the common welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

National Council of La Raza (NCLR)

1126 16th St. NW Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036-4845
(202) 785-1670

Works for civil rights and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans and as a national umbrella organization for more than 300 formal affiliates in 41 states.

National Council of Negro Women (NCNW)

633 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 737-0120

A council of national African American women’s organizations that lead, develop, and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

116 Nassau Street Third Floor
New York, NY 10038
(212) 604-9830

The first national lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights and advocacy organization and a leading voice for freedom, justice, and equality.

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

PO Box 70067
Los Angeles, CA  90070
(213) 639-3900

Dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of low income immigrants and their family members.

National Organization for Women (NOW)

P.O. Box 3219
Jersey City, NJ 07303
(609) 393-0156

The New Jersey State Organization of the National Organization for Women is a state-wide women’s rights activist organization consisting of 10,000 women and men members, activists, and allies.

National Partnership for Women and Families

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 650
Washington, DC 20009

Promotes fairness in the workplace, quality health care, and policies that help women and men meet the dual demands of work and family. Formerly the Women’s Legal Defense Fund.

National People’s Action (NPA)

810 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 243.3035

A coordinating body made up of hundreds of local community organizations across the country who volunteer their time to work on community improvement through local organizing and direct action.

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA)

1322 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-5500

Works to advance the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.

Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)

PFLAG Bergen County/Ridgewood
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 287-0318

PFLAG New York City
New York, NY
(212) 463-0629

Promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons, their families, and friends through support to cope with an adverse society, education to enlighten an ill-informed public, and advocacy to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights.

RainbowPUSH Coalition

(773) 373-3366

A progressive organization of workers, women, and people of color founded by Jesse Jackson that fights for social change.

Women in STEM

The challenges facing women in STEM are not insurmountable, but they do present unique obstacles every woman must face in college. While women earn roughly half of all bachelor’s degrees across STEM fields, they face a pronounced gender gap in computer science and engineering, representing less than 20% of graduates. Unfortunately, this gap persists when women enter the workforce representing only 29% of science and engineering professionals.‘s Women in STEM is an unique editorial approach to this guide makes the case for supporting women in STEM by clearly outlining the challenges and opportunities available. We also feature a listing of scholarships valued at over $100,000.


Domestic Violence

Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV)

One Bergen County Plaza 2nd Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 336-7575

Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) is a division of the Bergen County Department of Human Services, which is exclusively devoted to domestic violence intervention. Alternatives to Domestic Violence (ADV) provides services to help the victim, the abuser, and the family caught in the cycle of domestic violence.

The Center for Hope and Safety

Administrative Office:
12 Overlook Ave., Ste. A
Rochelle Park, NJ 07662
(201) 498-9247
Shelter Program Office:
Shelter and Program Offices
PO Box 217
Hackensack, NJ 07602
(201) 836-1075TTY: (201) 836-3071

Center for Hope and Safety (formerly Shelter Our Sisters) is dedicated to assisting victims, and their children, of domestic violence by turning fear into safety, helplessness into strength, and isolation into hope.

Jersey Battered Women’s Service Inc.

P.O. Box 1437
Morristown, NJ 07962
(973) 267-7520

Jersey Battered Women’s Service, Inc. is a full-service domestic violence and domestic abuse prevention agency with volunteer opportunities. The services include a 24-hour hotline; counseling; safe house; transitional living; children’s services; life skills education; vocational counseling; batterers’ intervention; legal assistance; teen dating violence services; and professional training, education and youth prevention programs.

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence (NJCEDV)

(609) 584-8107

NJCEDV a statewide association that provides leadership, support and resources on the prevention of domestic violence in New Jersey through advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and community awareness.

Securing Safe Housing

Click Link for more information.

For Mothers/Parents – Directory of Grants for Single Mothers

Listed here are financial assistance programs that help single mothers with rent, utility bills, child care, education, medication, housing, medical bills, and mortgage, among others.

For Students with Disabilities – College Students with Disabilities

Resources regarding financial aid, job search, understanding your rights, life after graduation, and important legislation.

For Women – Women in STEM

The lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is nothing new, but in the last decade President Obama has reignited the conversation, and taken several steps while in office to address the gender gap in STEM fields. Many other leaders and tech entrepreneurs have also stepped up to help diversify the industry. Yet despite these recent initiatives, women are still heavily underrepresented. Learn more about women in STEM, including what types of resources are available to help budding female STEM professionals break barriers.

Powerful Women Rule: Under-represented Careers Guidebook

55 LGBTQ+ Job Search & Career Resources 2023

College Financial Aid: Women Specific Scholarships and Financial Resources

Overcoming the Gender Bias – Closing the Gender Gap Guidebook

See Women’s Center Health Resources

Hotline Numbers
Legal Assistance

Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
10 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 646-2300

Women’s Rights Information Center
Women’s Center Building
108 W. Palisades Ave.
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 568-1166


Please check “Names at Ramapo” tab for more information about name changes on campus as well as the Name Advocacy Letter.


What to do in the case of LGBTQ Housing Discrimination

Also see Queer Peer Services Resource Guide and Trans@Ramapo.

LGBTQ+ Terminology


Bergen Regional Medical Center

230 East Ridgewood Avenue
Paramus, NJ 07652

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center

350 Engle Street Englewood, NJ 07631

Hackensack University Medical Center

30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Holy Name Hospital

718 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Pascack Valley Hospital

250 Old Hook Road
Westwood, NJ 07675

Valley Hospital

223 North Van Dien Avenue
Ridgewood, NJ 07450

Mental Health

Advance Housing, Inc.

100 Hollister Road – Suite 203
Teterboro, NJ 07608
(201) 498-9140

Advance Housing Inc’s mission is to offer individuals an array of housing and wellness services to enhance community integration and promote quality of life.

The Care Plus Center for Primary and Behavioral Health

611 Route 46 West, Suite 100
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604
(201) 478-4162

610 Valley Health Plaza
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 986-5037

Care Plus NJ, Inc. (“CarePlus”) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides comprehensive, recovery-focused integrated primary and mental health care and substance abuse rehabilitation services.

Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.

395 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 646-0333

516 Valley Brook Avenue
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071
(201) 935-3322

569 Broadway
Westwood, NJ 07675
(201) 957-1800

Comprehensive Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. (CBHCare) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We have offered compassionate and professional mental health services to the community since 1969.

County Mental Health Board – County of Bergen

One Bergen County Plaza – 4th Floor
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 634-2745

Mental Health Board is a seven to twelve member public County advisory body responsible for the development of mental health services.

On Our Own

179 Main St., 2nd Fl., Suite 3
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 489-8402

The On Our Own Self Help Center is an outgrowth of the self-help group by the same name, which started in January 1982. The Self-help Center provides socialization, recreation and mutual support to all mental health consumers. The Center, which opened on October 5,1988, is funded by the Bergen County Mental Health Board and the State of New Jersey and is available to all Bergen County residents at no charge.

For Us/By Us

40 N. Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 541-1221

Vantage Health System

2 Park Avenue
Dumont, NJ 07628
(201) 385-4400

Vantage Health System is a private not for profit 501 (C) 3 charitable organization. In operation since 1957, Vantage is a system of community based facilities and programs located in Bergen County, NJ. Vantage provides services to children, adolescents, adults and elders with mental health, addiction, developmental and eldercare challenges.

West Bergen Mental Health Center

120 Chestnut Street
Ridgewood, NJ 07450
(201) 444-3550

West Bergen Counseling
860 Wyckoff Avenue
Mahwah, NJ 07430
(201) 485-7172

The Mission of West Bergen Mental Healthcare is to promote psychological health and personal growth. Through comprehensive treatment and supportive services, we respond to the needs of our clients and the communities we serve.

Community Resources

Community Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) of Bergen County

(201) 634-2693

Center for Food Action (CFA)

90 Ridge Road
Mahwah, NJ 07430

(201) 634-2693

Names at Ramapo

Name Changes on Campus

Ramapo College unfortunately does not offer “preferred” or “used” names in our student information systems, Banner, however we are currently in the process of updating those systems. Banner provides information for class rosters, billing, identification cards, residence life housing assignments, degrees, transcripts, email/Gmail, Moodle, and Archway, among other areas on campus.

A Name Committee comprised of professional staff, faculty, and students from various areas on campus was created to address name change issues at the college. For more information about this committee, contact Melissa Van Der Wall, Dean of Students, at or Marie Attis, Interim Coordinator of the Women’s Center, at

Name Change in Gmail

Currently, Ramapo College is unable to change names in Banner. Fortunately, there is an option to change how your name appears in Gmail.


  1. In a web browser on a computer, log into Gmail with your Ramapo login information
  2. Click the gear image at the top right corner
  3. Drop down and click on “Settings”
  4. Click on the “Accounts” tab
  5. Click “edit info” to the right of the email you wish the edit the name change
  6. Enter your first and last name you wish to appear in your email
  7. Click on “Save Changes”

Name Change in Archway

Currently, Ramapo College is unable to change names in Banner. Fortunately, there is an option to change how your name appears in Archway.


  1. In a web browser on a computer, log into Archway with your Ramapo login information
  2. Click on your picture (or blank avatar icon if you have not uploaded a picture) in the top right hand corner
  3. Drop down and click on “My Profile”
  4. Click “Edit Your Profile”
  5. Enter your first and last name you wish to appear in Archway
  6. Click on “Continue”
  7. Click on “Finish”
  8. Bonus step: Join the Women’s Center portal on Archway!

Name Change in Moodle

  1. Login to Moodle
  2. Click on your name in the top right corner next to (Log out). Be sure not to click log out.
  3. Click on “Edit Profile” under User details
  4. Enter your name that you wish to appear in Moodle
  5. Click on “Save Changes”

The Name Advocacy Letter

The Name Advocacy Letter is a resource for students to utilize to communicate name and/or pronoun differences with professors, coaches, on-campus employers, etc. The letter is written to advocate on behalf of the requesting student. Once requested, the student will meet with either Melissa Van Der Wall or Ebony Jackson to discuss the information to be included in the letter, who the letter will be sent to, and other logistics. If you are in need or interested in The Name Advocacy Letter, please contact contact Melissa Van Der Wall, Dean of Students, at or Marie Attis, Interim Coordinator of the Women’s Center, at

On Campus Resources

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Location: Building D, room D-216 (entrance behind stairwell on left)
Phone: (201) 684-7522

Center for Student Involvement

Location: SC-208
Phone: (201) 684-7593

Center for Student Success

Location: D-208
Phone: (201) 684 – 7441

Counseling Services

Location: Building D, room D-216 (entrance behind stairwell on left)
Phone: (201) 684-7522

Dean of Students

Location: C-212
Phone: (201) 684 – 7457

Health Services

Location: Health Services is a part of the Division of Student Affairs. It is located near the campus South Gate entrance at the corner of Route 202 and Hornbeam Road.
Phone: (201) 684-7536

Public Safety

Location: Ground floor, C-Wing, C-102
Phone: (201) 684-6666


Location: D-224
Phone: (201) 684 -7695

Student Accounts

Location: D-Wing
Phone: (201) 684-7495

Title IX Coordinator

Location: D104-A
Phone: (201) 684-7220

Sexual Assault/Harassment

See Sexual Harassment Resources and Sexual Assault Resources for Ramapo resources. – Campus Safety and Sexual Assault

Understanding Safety Planning And Crisis Response

New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Crossroads Corporate Center
3150 Brunswick Pike, Suite 300
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-2420

The New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) is a coalition that joins people together in action for the common cause of ending sexual violence and supporting all those whose lives have been affected by it.

Title IX Website

YWCA of Bergen County healingSPACE

75 Essex Street, Suite 108
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 881-1750

YWCA of Bergen County healingSPACE is a safe and welcoming place for survivors of sexual assault/abuse, their families and friends.

Sexual Health

Planned Parenthood

46 N Van Brunt Street
Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 894-0966

Planned Parenthood

575 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(201) 489-1140

Women’s Choice

10 Zabriskie Street
Hackensack, NJ 07601
(973) 489-2266

Substance Abuse