Inclusion & Diversity in a Time of Unrest

With social unrest enveloping the country, leadership needs to do their part to stop and prevent bias in the workplace.

However, many leaders may be less than adept at recognizing bias on the job—and they may need to confront their own unconscious bias, which gets in the way of an equitable workplace culture. According to a recent study by Accenture, Getting to Equal 2020: The Hidden Value of Culture Makers, there is "a large gap between what leaders think is going on and what employees say is happening on the ground."

Message from Interim Dean Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP and Tom Hecker, PhD

To the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Community:

We remain deeply troubled at the hate that seems to permeate the American experience. It was on display during the Black Lives Matter protest last year and has resurfaced again this year with a different focus.

The violence directed against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders over the last few weeks related to the pandemic was deplorable and horrific. In addition, this week’s killings in Boulder, Colorado, showcased vitriol against humanity in our own country—yet again. Our hearts go out to all people suffering loss, illness and those who may be the recipients of hate simply because of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or lifestyle.

Our most sincere hope is that each of us will make a renewed effort to comfort those in need. Reaching out to friends and neighbors in these difficult times and opening our minds to be more understanding of others, are good first steps. It has been a long time since we have safely been able to offer a warm handshake or supportive embrace to others. In lieu of that, we can all find safe ways to reach out and connect: sending notes of welcome or support, engaging in more frequent virtual chats, and simply picking up the telephone instead of sending a quick text.

We believe that if each one of us commits to greater acts of openness and kindness, we will significantly begin to positively impact our community and beyond.

Please join us in our journey to create a more open, safe and inclusive environment for all.


Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP

Interim Dean


Tom Hecker, PhD

Executive Vice Dean

From President and Chancellors: Affirming Our Asian Community

March 11, 2021

Members of the Rutgers Community:

We are deeply troubled by the rising anti-Asian sentiment and increasingly violent hate crimes targeting the Asian community. These heinous acts cannot be ignored, and our hearts go out to the victims of these crimes, and all members of the Asian community who find themselves questioning their basic safety during an already distressing time. Harm deliberately inflicted on members of any community is an offense felt by all people of conscience. We strongly denounce these acts and all forms of xenophobia, bigotry, and racism, and we stand in solidarity with our Asian community at Rutgers and around the world.

These latest incidents of intolerance add to an increasingly visible and disturbing history of hate in America in the past few years. As an academic community, we should always remember that we are here to learn and grow, and these incidents, as troubling as they are, can offer us an opportunity for a deeper discussion of the reasons underlying rising hate and the need for resilience. In that spirit, we invite you to participate in a conversation on “Unpacking Hate,” sponsored by the office of the Senior Vice President for Equity. To learn more and to register for this event, please visit

At Rutgers, we recognize we are not immune from the challenges facing our broader society. We encourage members of our Asian community, as we do other targeted communities, to report any acts of hate as we work to build an inclusive culture. For more details on how to report and where to find sources of support please review below the myriad of resources and offices available to assist students, faculty, and staff.

Please know that we are here for you and that we support you.


Jonathan Holloway, President
Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers University–Newark
Margaret Marsh, Interim Chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden
Christopher Molloy, Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Brian Strom, Chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences

Bias Reporting and Counseling/Wellness Services for Students

Bias Reporting and Counseling/Wellness Services for Faculty and Staff

Unconscious and Implicit Bias & Microagressions
LET'S TALK ABOUT IT: Unconcious Bias, Implicit Bias and Microaggressions in the Workplace