On International Women’s Day, Rutgers AAUP-AFT To Host Panel and Speakout on Gender and Race Equity



Patrick Nowlan, 732-964-1000, pnowlan@rutgersaaup.org

Sherry Wolf, 773-991-3877, swolf@rutgersaaup.org

New Brunswick, NJ – On Thursday, March 8, the Rutgers American Association of University Professors – American Federation of Teachers (AAUP-AFT) will hold a panel discussion and speakout on gender and race equity. The event will be held in the Pane Room of Alexander Library, located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.

The panel and speakout are set to coincide with International Women’s Day as well as Women’s History Month and will address the growing movements led by women and people of color like the #MeToo movement. Gender and race equity are central components of the bargaining platform put forward by Rutgers AAUP-AFT earlier this year. Their contract, along with those of over 20 other campus unions who have come together to form a Rutgers-wide coalition of unions, expire on June 30.

What: Panel Discussion and Speakout on Gender & Race Equity

When: Thursday, March 8, 10:30am

Where: Pane Room in Alexander Library, 169 College Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

“Rutgers has a very diverse student body, but the same cannot be said of its faculty. Students of color report going for several semesters without seeing someone who looks like them teaching a class. Only 4.2% of the Tenured/Tenure Track faculty are African American in a state where 15% of residents are African American. Only 30% of full professors are women and the majority of powerful decision making roles both among professors, as well as top administration, are dominated by white men. This needs to change,” said Deepa Kumar, Associate Professor of Media Studies and president of Rutgers AAUP-AFT.

Professor Kumar also noted that, “We found that women Tenured/Tenure Track faculty and Non-Tenure Track faculty are paid less than their male counterparts at our New Brunswick campus. The Rutgers AAUP-AFT has spent considerable time researching issues of gender and race equity in terms of hiring, pay, promotion and family leave and we want to create a level playing field where all faculty can rise to their full potential regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.”

Along with the bargaining platform released earlier this year, Rutgers AAUP-AFT also release position papers and extensive research on the gender and race composition of Rutgers faculty. That research can be found here.

The panel discussion and speakout will include:

  • Dana Britton – Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations; Director, Center for Women and Work

  • Edward Ramsamy – Professor, Chair, Africana Studies; Charles Häberl – Associate Professor, Chair, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures

  • Carlos Decena – Associate Professor, Chair, Latino and Caribbean Studies

  • Deepa Kumar – Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies; President, Rutgers AAUP-AFT.