Office of Student Life and Leadership


 

Our Staff



Erica D. Williams

Dean of Student Life

Office: Robeson Room 352
Phone: 973-353-5300
Fax: 973-353-5666
williams.erica@rutgers.edu

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Jamaal Brown

Assistant Director of Diversity and Student Development
Office of Student Life and Leadership

Office: Robeson Room 352
Phone: 973-353-5300
Fax: 973-353-5666
brown.jamaal@rutgers.edu

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Jamaal Brown is the Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Community Programming within the Office of Student Life and Leadership. He has been at Rutgers University-Newark since August 2013. He is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has a Bachelor’s in Science in Sociology and a Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Eastern University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

His Personal motto “Change is not what’s in your pockets; It’s in your Actions.”



Charnette Hockaday

Assistant Director of First Year Experience
and Student Development
Office of Student Life and Leadership

Office: Robeson Room 352
Phone: 973-353-5300
Fax: 973-353-5666
chockada@rutgers.edu

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With over five years of experience working in the field of student affairs, Charnette has worked at Rutgers- Newark since 2008. Prior to arriving at Rutgers- Newark, Charnette worked in Residence Life at NJIT and at Stonybrook University. Born and raised in the Essex County, NJ area, Charnette earned a JD from Rutgers-Newark School of Law and a Bachelor of the Arts in Communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University. At FDU Charnette was actively involved in the Residence Hall Association, Student Programming Board and campus newspaper. Before working in student affairs she worked at several New Jersey newspapers including The Record and the Herald News as an editorial assistant and freelance reporter. Charnette really enjoys programming and working with students to help make their experience at Rutgers-Newark a memorable one.



Nikita Pandit

Assistant Director of Service Learning
and Student Development
Office of Service Learning and Student Development

Office: Robeson Room 303
Phone: 973-353-5063
Fax: 973-353-5912
nikita.pandit@rutgers.edu

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Nikita P. Pandit received her Master’s of Public Administration from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark. She also earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology from Rutgers University. Her interests in community service, leadership and experiential learning were generated when she worked at the Office of Student Life and Leadership as an undergraduate student and also through her involvement in various student organizations. In her role as a Graduate Coordinator she assisted in the planning and execution of the International Leadership Exchange to Tanzania, East Africa. This experience had a life changing impact on her and further fueled her passion for the Student Affairs profession. Upon graduation, Nikita accepted the position of the Coordinator of Student Development and was then promoted to the Assistant Director for Service Learning and Student Development position. In this capacity, Nikita develops, facilitates and assesses various local and international service learning and leadership programs that allow students to recognize and appreciate the value of making meaningful connections with communities here and abroad. She is also involved in other student development programs such as the Phoenix Project Experiential Learning and the Lens Experiential Learning Initiatives, which foster positive growth and development of students through co-curricular learning experiences that promote engaged learning and critical thinking outside of the classroom.

“It is immensely gratifying to see the lasting impact that service learning has on students and I am fortunate to be able to change lives, one student at a time.”



Milessa Robinson

Assistant Director of Budget Management
and Administrative Services
Accounting

Office: Robeson Room 325
Phone: 973-353-5634
Fax: 973-353-5912
milessar@andromeda.rutgers.edu



 

Farzana Katideen

Coordinator of Judicial Affairs
and Student Development
Office of the Dean of Student Life

Office: Robeson Room 302
Phone: 973-353-5063
Fax: 973-353-5912
farzanak@rutgers.edu

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Farzana received her B.S. in Criminal Justice from the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice in 2012. As an undergraduate student, she began working as a Reservations Assistant in the Office of Reservations and Special Events and then became a student assistant to the Dean of Student Life and Director of Paul Robeson Campus Center. These positions, and the mentorship of Dean Clayton Walton, helped Farzana develop a passion for the student affairs profession. This led her to complete the College Student Affairs graduate program at Rutgers University New Brunswick. Currently she serves as the Coordinator of Student/Ethical Development & Campus Programs in the Office of the Dean of Student Life.