February 6

11:20 AM – 12: 20 PM
Campus Center, MPR

Workshop #1: A comprehensive self-study of STEM diversity, equity, and inclusion at RUC

Kwangwon Lee, Associate Professor of Biology

Donna Nickitas, Interim Provost
Nyeema Watson, Vice Chancellor
John Griffin, FASC Dean
James Brown, Union President
Jordan Adhiambo, SGA President

We are a group of faculty/staff/students in STEM discipline at Rutgers-Camden working for making a sustainable and inclusive STEM education. The first workshop will be composed of a brief presentation of the summary of the self-study finding and a panel discussion on the topic. We believe that the workshop will highlight the ongoing University-wide DEI efforts to establish the “Beloved Community”. We are inviting campus leaders to be a part of the panel discussion, we hope that you will be able to attend and lend your voice to this important effort.

February 17

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
Campus Center, MPR

Workshop #2: Removing barriers to successful engagement in STEM education

While certainly rewarding, the pursuit of a STEM career is unquestionably difficult. However, other factors ranging from classroom design to navigating balancing coursework with off-campus jobs can make it even harder. We will bring faculty, staff, and students together for a brainstorming workshop to identify mechanisms that could help RUC STEM students thrive.

February 20

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM
Campus Center, MPR

Workshop #3: Removing barriers to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM education

Naima Hall, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement 

Elizabeth Hardy, Triple Major in Health Sciences, Psychology, and Biology, Class of 2023
Kyle Jenkins, Assistant Dean for Academic Advising; Rutgers-Camden alumnus – BS in Biology, 2012; MS in Computational and Integrative Biology, 2015
Suneeta Ramaswami, Professor of Computer Science

Our students and faculty agree that to “see oneself as a scientist” is of the utmost importance when choosing to major in a STEM discipline. Our conversation will ask questions like, “How can we increase gender, racial, and LGBTQIA+ representation among STEM faculty, and so also students? How do we improve student outcomes in STEM courses, particularly for those in underrepresented groups? What are ways in which we can fold DEI into the fabric of our education system?” We invite all members of our community to join in this important discussion.

March 2

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
Campus Center, MPR

March 2: 12:45 – 1:45 PM – Workshop #4: Promoting Success in STEM

As a campus community, our ultimate goals go beyond achieving student engagement in STEM courses and research labs. It is clear from the self-study that we need to focus our future efforts on promoting the success of students, faculty, and staff at RUC in STEM. In this workshop, we will leverage the findings of the self-study and the results of the previous workshops in the Pathway series to identify specific, measurable, and achievable DEI goals for the next 5-10 years. This forward-looking workshop will end with a brainstorming session about specific activities that we can feasibly engage in so that we can meet our DEI goals. All members of the RUC are invited to participate in this exciting and engaging event.



Registration is required for the Driving Change Initiative Workshop Series. Please fill out the form below to register. 



PARKING AVAILABLE: If you require parking and do not have a Rutgers parking permit, please register your vehicle at for each workshop you are attending. Once registered, you will be able to park in Lots C1, C2, C3, C14, City Lot 15 or City Lot 16 without a permit.