Student Life & Leadership

General Info

To enrich the collegiate experience, the Paul Robeson Campus Center Office of Student Life is committed to providing quality, student-centered programs, services, and co-curricular involvement opportunities which enhance the growth and development of students. By educating students to become effective leaders, involved citizens, and critical thinkers we can create an inclusive campus community that promotes social awareness, cultivates a respect for diversity and fosters community development.

First Year Experience

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE builds upon the foundation set at New Student Orientation to further integrate students into the Rutgers-Newark community. Throughout the year, first year students are invited to participate in a series of specialized programs that are a continuation of the orientation experience. These programs are designed in a manner to allow students to explore interpersonal communication, develop and enhance leadership skills, establish personal identity, learn about and appreciate cultural differences and build connections with the community in which Rutgers is housed. Additionally, students are invited to participate in interactive workshops that center on discussions about ethical development and the first year transition.

Fall Semester Programs Include:

• First Year Student Week
• Top Chef
• First Year Student Idol

Spring Semester Programs Include:

• Dancing with the Staff
• Amazing Race

Applications are available in the Office of Student Life.


The First Year Leadership Council is a unique opportunity for first year students to get involved on campus. Members of the council attend workshops designed to build a strong foundation of leadership skills to assist in the transition from high school through college and beyond, while forming strong bonds with their peers. In addition to participating in workshops, FYLC members plan and implement year round programming for the first year student population. Students interested in participating in the First Year Leadership Council can pick up an application from the Office of Student Life.

Diversity Programs

Rutgers University Newark- is the most diverse campus in the nation. We embrace the concept of diversity through fostering a safe space of acceptance, inclusion, social justice and equality.

The programs aim is to focus and represent the dimension of religious beliefs, physical abilities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, age, political beliefs, race & ethnicity, gender, veteran’s status and other ideologies.

Learning Objectives:

• Diversity enhances social development
• Diversity promotes creative thinking
• Diversity enhances self-awareness
• Diversity expands worldliness
• Diversity enriches the multiple perspectives

The purpose of Cultural Heritage Months is to celebrate and honor vast number of cultures that is represented from the Rutgers University-Newark campus community.

It is vital to celebrate cultural heritage months so we can learn from variety of communities and see how we are more similar than different.

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)

The date September 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras Costa Rica, El Salvador\ and Guatemala . These five countries all declared independence on September 15, 1821. National Hispanic Heritage Month appreciates and acknowledges the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States of America and celebrates the Hispanic and Latino American heritage and culture.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (October 15-Nov 15)

In 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May because of two important anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. In 1990, this week was later expanded into a month long celebration. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Black History Month (February)

Black History Month started in 1925 as “Negro History Week” by Carter G. Woodson to raise awareness of African American’s contribution to civilization and American society. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. The celebration was expanded from one week to a month in 1976, the nation’s bicentennial, to signify the importance of Black history, the Civil Rights movement, and the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.

Women’s History Month (March)

Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.” In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

World Week (4th Week in April)

Additional Opportunities to be Involved and Engaged on Campus
Intercultural Dialogues (Ex. Monthly Chat & Chew Conversations, Groups discussions etc.) This is a platform for the campus community to come together to discuss issues that is impacting the nation and the world. We will have conversations with food, Group Dialogues between diverse communities, online conversations, etc. Our goal is to have respectful conversations and share viewpoints from different perspectives.

Film Series (Ex. Documentaries, and/or Movies that discusses current affairs matters internationally and domestically)

Cultural Excursions within the New Jersey and New York City (Ex. Museums, Theater, Concerts, etc.,)