Two years ago, the Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University initiated a strategic redesign that bore a new mission, vision, and programmatic direction. Launched officially in Fall 2017, the Center began pursuing a research agenda centered on the impact of bias, peer aggression and campus climate on postsecondary students who experience marginalization or stigma related to their sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion/faith, and/or ability among other stigmatized identities/experiences.
In our inaugural programming year under this new direction, we unveiled a portfolio founded upon the pillars of research, education, and practice. This newsletter highlights some of our key achievements over the past year, and opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to be involved in the year ahead.
As a field, we must continue to critically examine issues in higher education that bring us closer to a place of inclusion and transformation. We hope you will join us in these efforts.
Director of Tyler Clementi Center
OCTOBER 26, 2017
The Fall 2017 Academic Colloquium brought leading scholars from across the higher education field to provide unparalleled insights on the experiences of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students. Various sessions led by our experts focused on research challenges, promising practices, and policy development. The Academic Colloquium was livestreamed for our national audience and for those who were not able to attend the event in-person. Click on “Learn More” for complimentary access to all Colloquium videos.
Campus Climate Research
on Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Students
Scholars from four leading research centers, Center for Postsecondary Research, American College Health Association, SERU-AAU Consortium, Higher Education Research Institute, in addition to The Tyler Clementi Center came together to highlight the experiences of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students in higher education. Using data from various instruments that capture student experiences in higher education, the scholars published a white paper about their findings on the impact of campus climate on queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students in higher education.Additionally, the American Council on Education (ACE) recently published an online article by Director Maren Greathouse that highlights some of the critical findings from the white paper. Click below to “Learn More” about the recent online article.
2018 Cultivating Inclusion and Transformational Excellence (CITE)
The Cultivating Inclusion and Transformative Excellence (CITE) Learning Community is a year-long sustained dialogue initiative for Rutgers University staff and faculty focusing on equity, disparity, and inclusive leadership within higher education. This initiative will be launching in the Fall of 2018.
Enhanced Critical Consciousness and Cultural Appreciation
Strategies for Inclusive Praxis in/out of the Classroom
Increased Sense-of-Belonging and Professional Network
To learn more about the program and/or apply to be a participant, click on the link below.
Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Student Experiences in American Higher Education: The Analyses of National Survey Findings
With the expertise of national leaders in the field of higher education research, the Tyler Clementi Center completed a study examining the experiences of over 70,000 queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students attending 918 distinct 4-year colleges and universities throughout the US. The sample used for the study is the largest examined to date. This research resulted in groundbreaking new information that raises questions about the climate on college campuses for queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum students, the dearth of resource provisions to ensure their health and wellness, and the academic engagement disparities that compromise overall persistence and completion of degree programs. Around the nation, the Center has shared these results and engaged in meaningful conversations with post-secondary leaders about our responsibilities to these students and our campuses as a whole. For access to the infographics of the White Paper click on https://clementicenter.rutgers.edu/insight/2018infographics/ For access to the entire White Paper click on “Learn More”.
The Tyler Clementi Center has many opportunities for faculty interested in collaborating on program initiatives! Opportunities range from short-term, one-time collaborations to on-going, in-depth partnerships. Below are a list of opportunities currently available.
Cultivation Inclusion & Transformational Environments Learning Communities During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs convened a group of 20+ colleagues from departments across the university to develop a sustained dialogue program that engages faculty and staff seeking to develop their critical consciousness, engage in meaningful cross-cultural dialogue, and develop greater capacity for social equity through change agency from their respective locations within the institution. Our working group is seeking feedback from university faculty on our learning community curriculum, readings, and learning outcomes. If you are interested in lending your expertise to this project, and are able to provide feedback before 9-11-18, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2019 Tyler Clementi Center Academic Colloquium
In October 2019, the Tyler Clementi Center will be hosting its second Academic Colloquium, a signature event bringing together scholars from across the country to discuss topics relevant to our mission. The theme of our 2019 Academic Colloquium will be centered on racial climate and the impact of white nationalism on college campuses. We are currently assembling a working group that will conceptualize the event, curate the program and invited speakers, and collaborate on concurrent research projects developed in partnership with invited scholars, Rutgers University colleagues, and Rutgers University students. This Academic Colloquium will more specifically examine the following:
Campus climate issues impacting students of color attending institutions of higher education.
The surge of white nationalism on college campuses, both physically and ideologically
Implications of institutional racism for students, faculty, and staff on college campuses (sense of belonging, policing of academic freedom, job security, safety, etc)
Examination of administrative and academic responses to the current climate of racism and white supremacy on college campuses and their implications for students/faculty/staff on college campuses
Join the Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF) on October 22, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM at the beautiful Prince George Ballroom in Manhattan for their most festive cocktail event of the year!
The annual Upstander Legacy Celebration raises funds to support the TCF’s mission to end online and offline bullying in schools, workplaces, and faith communities. For event tickets go to https://tylerclementi.org/ulc-2018/
SAVE THE DATES
2019 Academic Colloquium RACIAL CLIMATE IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
More information coming soon.
Digital Educational Toolkits Launching Fall 2019
Each toolkit includes scripts for lectures, suggested readings,
discussion guides, policy/practice guidelines, and educational videos.
Preparing every college campus to be affirming for every student.
The Tyler Clementi Center at Rutgers University studies the impact of bias, peer aggression and campus climate on students holding marginalized identities across sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, ability, among others.
Division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey