Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Since its inception in 2006, the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) at Rutgers University–Newark has promoted diversity, equity, and inclusion in its activities, coursework, and scholarship. The school has had a clear and sustained commitment to reflect the ethnic and cultural variety of the RU-N population (one of the most diverse in the country), the City of Newark, and the State of New Jersey. SPAA is committed to promoting and practicing social equity through teaching, service, and research, and engaging in intentional, active, and ethical efforts in order to serve and safeguard all people, especially the most vulnerable in our society.
- SPAA is proud to be recognized as a leader in the advancement of social equity as the recipient of the 2019 Social Equity Award from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA).
- Rutgers SPAA's Vision, Mission & Values reflect a dedication to diversity and ethics.
- Rutgers SPAA’s Diversity Plan [pdf] reviews past activities, serves as a guide for areas where diversity may need improvement, and outlines specific strategies for achieving change.
- The School of Public Affairs and Administration Diversity Fund provides financial assistance to graduate students in the public administration program in support of scholarship and research activities that support or encourage diversity.
- Rutgers SPAA hosted the 18th annual Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) on June 5-7, 2019 at Rutgers University–Newark, co-sponsoring the conference with the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). The conference – with a theme of "Achieving Social Equality in Turbulent Times: A Grand Public Administration Challenge" – brought together more than 150 scholars and practitioners to share their expertise on the best ways to address social justice issues, including racial and gender disparities in education, health, housing, and treatment in the criminal justice system.
- Rachel Emas has redesigned several courses to use only cost-free course materials and to make these materials more accessible for students with special needs such as those who are visually impaired.
- Suzanne Piotrowski has consulted with the World Bank Institute on an evaluation of Thailand’s Official Information Act and with the Carter Center on a project assessing how access to information differentially affects women.
- Norma Riccucci helped to produce and signed the Minnowbrook 50 Social Equity Manifesto [pdf], which documents the need to include social equity as a central principle in public administration, at the Minnowbrook 50th Anniversary Conference.
- Marilyn Rubin has been an advisor to the Korean Woman’s Development Institute and to the governments of San Francisco, CA and Fulton County, GA on gender budgeting. She also served as a UN advisor to integrate women into public policy and economic development projects.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in course content and design throughout the curriculum, appearing through lectures, guest speakers, and other ways. Examples of courses include:
- Leadership and Diversity (20:834:507) [MPA Program]
This course distinguishes leadership from management and introduces students to essential leadership qualities and characteristics. Organizational diversity and inclusion are emphasized. Students will develop key leadership skills including: team building in diverse organizational settings, visioning and agenda setting for diverse clientele, cultural competence, strategies for promoting social justice, understanding the impacts of diversity on group dynamics and leadership and the strategic challenge of maintaining organizational diversity.
- Human Resources Administration (20:834:523) [MPA Program]
Human resources administration in public and nonprofit settings, including human resource planning, staffing, development, and compensation. Behavioral and environmental determinants are examined, including market factors, service delivery, and government regulations and policies.
- Leadership, Equity, and Diversity (26:834:618) [PhD Program]
This course addresses governance from a human resources perspective, focusing on such areas as leadership and diversity in the public sector. Topics covered include ethical leadership, equity discourse, and power and privilege politics. A key theme is the responsibility of government, society, and public employers to create legal, ethical, and diverse work environments.
SPAA faculty focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in their research across a range of policy domains. Examples include:
- Ariane Chebel d’Appollonia
- Rutgers SPAA Research Brief: "To Whom Black Lives Actually Matter? Reflections on the Efficacy and Sustainability of Ethno-Racial Coalitions," published November 2020.
- Kyle Farmbry
- "Building a Pipeline for Executive-Level Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategies," IBM Center for The Business of Government Report, forthcoming.
- Madinah Hamidullah
- “An Analysis of Gender Differences in Public Administration Doctoral Dissertation Research,” Journal of Public Affairs Education, published January 2019. (with L. McDougle and J. Yun) https://doi.org/10.1080/15236803.2019.1565593
- “Intersectionality and Family-Friendly Policies in the Federal Government: Perceptions of Women of Color," Administration & Society, published January 2016. (with N. Riccucci) https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399715623314
- Lindsey McDougle
- Rutgers SPAA Research Brief: "Critical Pedagogic Strategies for Teaching Social Justice in Nonprofit Management Education," published September 2020.
- “An Analysis of Gender Differences in Public Administration Doctoral Dissertation Research,” Journal of Public Affairs Education, published January 2019. (with M. Hamidullah and J. Yun) https://doi.org/10.1080/15236803.2019.1565593
- Charles Menifield
- "Do White Law Enforcement Officers Target Minority Suspects?" Public Administration Review, published June 2018. (with G. Shin and L. Strother) https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12956
- Norma Ricucci
- “On Our Journey to Achieving Social Equity: The Hits and Misses,” PS: Political Science & Politics, published December 2018. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1049096518001853
- “Antecedents of Public Service Motivation: The Role of Gender,” Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, published September 2017. https://doi.org/10.1093/ppmgov/gvx010
- “Intersectionality and Family-Friendly Policies in the Federal Government: Perceptions of Women of Color," Administration & Society, published January 2016. (with M. Hamidullah) https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399715623314
- Alan Sadovnik
- No Child Left Behind and the Reduction of the Achievement Gap: Sociological Perspectives on Federal Educational Policy, Routledge, 2008. (co-edited with J. O'Day, G. Bohrnstedt, and K. Borman)
- Yahong Zhang
- Rutgers SPAA Research Brief: “Do Public Organizations Have Reputations for Diversity? The Study of Women and Minorities’ Decision to Work in Public Organizations," published February 2021.