6 petitions

Started 8 months ago

Petition to Rutgers Senate, President Barchi, Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, Richard D. Ludescher, Rutgers School of Communication and Information

Support Cultural Competence Requirement at Rutgers University

Rutgers University, the state University of New Jersey, prides itself on being ‘diverse and inclusive’ and the place where ‘America converges;’ however these are simply empty words. Rutgers University has not been revolutionary or at the forefront of educating and combatting the hateful rhetoric that has become commonplace in our country since November 8th, 2016. In fact, Rutgers University is one of 3 out of the 14 BIG10 schools that does not have a diversity requirement. Instead of moving forward, Rutgers has actually gone backwards in providing truly revolutionary, comprehensive, and critical education. Rutgers had a diversity requirement as recently as 2008, but removed it in favor of the ‘21st Century Challenges’ requirement that serves as a poor replacement for a requirement dedicated to the education of America’s cultures, backgrounds and identities. This is despite the recommendation of the Core Evaluation Committee, which reviews and recommends changes to the core requirements, to have a diversity requirement. In addition, the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations published Scarlet and Black, an account of Rutgers’ connection to slavery and Native American genocide, on November 18th, 2016, with the recommendation that a diversity requirement be added to the core. It is shameful that despite these recommendations, coupled with the national climate of hate and bigotry, Rutgers still refuses to institute a comprehensive and intersectional diversity requirement. This lack of proactivity on the part of Rutgers University prompted a group of student leaders and activists to form the Cultural Competence Coalition, a group dedicated to the formation of the Cultural Competence requirement. In many different professions, cultural competence means being aware of our own cultural identity and history, as well the narratives of others. Furthermore, being truly culturally competent requires a deeper understanding of how and why our individual histories have the ability to affect our communication and cooperation in learning environments with people whose narratives and experiences differentiate from our own. The Cultural Competence Coalition believes that this requirement should stress the understanding of inter and intra cultural differences and interactions; these factors are dependent upon one another thus exemplifying the influential relationship they sustain. We believe that the Cultural Competence requirement should be comparative, based on themes such as but not limited to, race, history, gender, and class. Each course should be comparative across at least 3 different themes to be agreed upon by both students and faculty. This requirement should include a stipulation for every department to include a course that teaches what it means to be culturally competent in their respective field. In total, the Cultural Competence requirement would be a minimum of 6 credits; courses under this requirement should be able to be cross-listed with other requirements as appropriate. We demand that this requirement be university wide and span across the different schools and disciplines of study. The Cultural Competence Coalition demands that Rutgers University provide its students with the tools and education needed to fully understand themselves, their history, and how it interacts with each other. We demand that Rutgers University truly be at the forefront of revolutionary forward thinking, and comprehensive education. We demand that Rutgers University take an active, real, long term stand against hatred and bigotry. Show your support for the Cultural Competence requirement by signing our petition, and sharing it with your fellow students and faculty.

Cultural Competence Coalition
177 supporters
Started 11 months ago

Petition to Chris Christie


Hello, All! And Welcome to the Facebook Platform where we will discuss whereabouts of meetings, designs, campaigns, fundraising and ultimately the building of the establishment for the YMCA for Piscataway. If you are interested in being a great candidate for the seeing the upbringing of this building, please be an active participant in the meetings we will be scheduling, the public groupings, and the fundraising events hosted by a plethora of people who are willing to help us out for this amazing project. It is time to group together as an effort and help our community's children grow up in the town we live in. Piscataway has many accomplishments, many great places to go to, and is a very diverse community of wholehearted people who contribute to the wellbeing of everyone else. Very soon we will be discussing tri-weekly, or bi-weekly meetings that will be hosted, anyone is able to come and give ideas of how to help and get started. All ideas are welcomed. If you have any skill related to the well being of this project, feel free to speak your mind. We are all "Piscatawayians." We are all going to see this through, and it will be a great thing to look back on knowing YOU were apart of something that YOU wanted to do. We are great people, and now it's time to come together regardless of religion, race, or age and build something for our community, our children and our future! Please turn out notifications to see whenever an important message is posted. I'll see you all soon!

Dotun Adeyemo
88 supporters
Started 1 year ago

Petition to Division of Life Sciences

Tell the Rutgers Bio Department to Hire Ali from BIALIGY as a TA! is a free educational service designed for all students taking General Biology at Rutgers. It was developed last year by Ali Bhatti, a recent Biological Sciences graduate, who’s currently a Rutgers GSE student and ODASIS biology instructor. The lecture videos featured on his website guide students to develop strong lecture notes, make connections between difficult topics, and are all uniquely explained using quirky analogies while also providing test-taking tips. The site has gained an incredibly strong following with thousands of pageviews everyday as many students flock to the site looking for a resource to explain all Gen Bio lecture content in more consumable, student-friendly ways. One student, Sofia Khan, Class of 2017, said, "Watching the videos, following along with notes, and actually understanding the material versus just memorizing words helped me a lot and my grades definitely reflect that." Another student, Nathalie Adam, Class of 2019, mentioned in an article written by Ria Rungta of the Daily Targum that, "Ali was phenomenal in explaining key concepts that students needed to know in order to succeed in General Biology." We as students would benefit greatly from having Ali as an official Teaching Assistant (TA) within the biology department. He would be able to hold departmental office hours, conduct review sessions, and directly help more students develop the skills needed to perform well in this demanding course. Why not have someone such as Ali, whose love for this subject is obvious, extend his reach to students beyond just his website? TAs are meant to facilitate learning in General Biology, and Ali would be the perfect candidate for this position.

Sara Mohamed
637 supporters