Honors College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a leading component of one of the most diverse research universities in the world, the Honors College embraces racial, socioeconomic, religious, and other forms of diversity as central to its mission. We believe that bringing together students from diverse backgrounds with wide-ranging interests not only is the responsibility of a public university but also provides the potential for the best educational opportunities for all students to become effective and empathetic citizens of the world. Working and living together with students and faculty who identify, believe, and behave differently, our students are positioned to learn more deeply about themselves and to imagine and help shape the kind of world they want to create. 

Creating an inclusive and equitable community of diverse individuals entails upon all of us respecting differences of opinion, belief, and custom, recognizing our own limited experiences, and appreciating the insights yielded by the experience of others.

We are taking several strategic steps to advance inclusive excellence at the Honors College.


Learn more about diversity and inclusion at Rutgers.


To lead our work in building the most diverse and inclusive community possible at the Honors College, we created the Honors College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coalition (HCDEI) made up of staff and students. HCDEI is dedicated to providing the Honors College community a platform and space to support students of diverse backgrounds through programming and advocacy.

Meet HCDEI Team

Issata Oluwadare

Issata Oluwadare

Associate Dean for Student Support and Inclusive Communities

Sabrina Lima

Sabrina Lima

DEI Initiatives Undergraduate Intern


Email us at inclusion.honorscollege@rutgers.edu

HCDEI Programs

Diversity Peer Education Program

Since 2016, The Diversity Peer Education Program (DPE) has been dedicated to spreading cultural awareness and sensitivity as well as promoting diversity and social justice within the Honors College community. DPE works with Honors College student leaders and organizations to host and facilitate custom workshops related to social justice and diversity.

Questions may be directed to inclusion.honorscollege@rutgers.edu.


Generation HC Program

The Generation HC Program (Gen HC) is a program that engages and supports first-generation Honors College Students by providing early move-in along with access to a yearlong Gen HC Mentor. Throughout the year students may meet with their first-gen mentor and participate in Gen HC programming, a first-year Byrne seminar just for Gen HC students, and much more.


Affinity Groups

The Honors College Affinity Groups are culture-based and work with the Honors College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coalition to provide safe spaces for our diverse student population. Affinity Groups are student led and provide students with a place to discuss issues directly impacting their experiences at the Honors College and in the greater Rutgers community.

Sign Up to join the Affinity Group

HC Speaks

HC Speaks provides a time and space for students and faculty to engage in civil discourse about controversial topics, pressing issues, and current events impacting our community. Historians and scholars are invited to facilitate discussion, providing a platform for students to discuss current moral and social issues with a goal to bridge the divide across political and social differences. HC Speaks encourages civil discourse on challenging issues deeply embedded in the fabric of American society.

These sessions are led by Dean Paul Gilmore. You may contact him at Paul.Gilmore@rutgers.edu.

Cuts from the Culture

Cuts from the Culture is an entirely student led initiative that allows Honors College students to explore relevant cultural topics through an innovative and non-traditional panel led by HC students. The topics explored during Cuts from the Culture often impact marginalized communities. The provocative and honest discussions that take place allow participants to not only discuss topics of today but to also grow in perspective by seeing how these topics impact students and generations to come. Previous discussions have explored different ethnic backgrounds regarding race, culture, and the blurred lines in between, specifically focusing on whether race is as simple as black and white.

Questions may be directed to inclusion.honorscollege@rutgers.edu.

HCDEI Student Leadership Positions

DEI Initiatives Undergraduate Intern

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Undergraduate Internis a part-time position which oversees the cultural based Affinity Groups as well as supports large scale DEI programming efforts. The DEI Undergraduate Intern offers students the opportunity to facilitate team meetings, co-lead the recruitment process of Affinity Group leads, and help build community through advocacy and programming.

Gen HC Undergraduate Intern

The Generation HC undergraduate intern is a part-time position which works in collaboration with the Honors College Gen HC graduate intern to provide support in programming, as well as the training and development of Gen HC Mentors.

Gen HC Mentors

The Generation HC Mentors are responsible for serving as peer mentors to students who take part in the Honors College Gen HC program, specifically working with first-year students.



Questions for HCDEI Student Positions may be directed to inclusion.honorscollege@rutgers.edu.