Rowan University NAACP President on Cultivating a Caring Community for Students of Color

This Black History Month we hear from Esther Lendore, president of Rowan NAACP, on her journey as a Rowan student and her passion for creating a sense of community for students of color.  A double major in political science and law & justice studies, senior Esther Lendore, from Far Rockaway, NY, holds a variety of […]

#PROFspective: Student Leader Fadi Khan Says “This is Only the Beginning”

Biological Sciences major Fadi Khan wears sunglasses against a nighttime sky at Holly Pointe Commons.

Today we feature student leader Fadi Khan (he/him) of Pleasantville, NJ (Atlantic County). Fadi is a senior Biological Sciences major and lives on campus in Holly Pointe Commons, where he is also a Community Assistant. A first-generation college student, Fadi shares with us his perspectives on life, his major, and getting the most out of […]

Rowan Global Student Makes History as First to Earn Diversity and Inclusion Certificate of Graduate Study

LaWana works on her laptop inside Savitz Hall.

LaWana Boone of Gloucester County, NJ chose Rowan’s Diversity and Inclusion Certificate of Graduate Study for its rigorous curriculum, classes both online and close to home, and opportunities to get involved on campus. This fall, she earned her graduate certificate — the first to do so — and plans to leverage her knowledge to help […]

Black #PROFspective: A Conversation with Cristofer Conner, A Public Health and Wellness Major

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In this edition of Rowan Blog, we look into the #PROFspective of Public Health and Wellness major Cristofer Conner of Burlington County. In this dialogue, we learn more of Cristofer’s time on campus as well as some of his own thoughts to his decision making on selecting Rowan University, his future career and his own […]

Black #PROFspective: Radio/TV/Film and Journalism Dual Major Kariyah Bennett

Today we feature Kariyah Bennett, a Radio/Television/Film and Journalism double major. Kariyah is from Washington Township, NJ (Gloucester County) and is a senior graduating this spring. Kariyah spends her free time as a member of Rowan Radio and the Rowan Television Network. She also works at the Rowan Recreation Center. Kariyah shares her experience as […]

DEI Spring 2022 Book Study Recommendations

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Monika Williams Shealey, Ph.D. (she/her/hers), Professor of Special Education and Senior Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, shares details on Rowan’s community-wide book study initiative with essential reads as we celebrate Black History Month.  The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) launched in 2019 with a listening tour which included […]

Alumni Success: Student-Athlete, Trailblazer Brad K. Leak

Today, we feature alumnus Brad K. Leak ’94, who earned a bachelor of science degree in Business with a specialization in Accounting. He also led the men’s Track & Field team as captain from 1991-94. As a three-time all-American champion, Brad wisely balanced the many responsibilities of being a student, an athlete and a leader. Where do […]

Black #PROFspective: Junior Sports Communication and Media Major Zai Smith

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Today we speak to Zai Smith, a junior Sports Communication and Media major with a concentration in Sports Journalism from Trenton, NJ (Mercer County). Zai is a transfer student from Virginia State University and lives on campus. Thank you to Tatianna Addison, senior communications studies major from Browns Mills, NJ (Burlington County), for this series idea […]

Black History Facts All Students Should Know

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Today we speak to Rowan students from three different colleges who share insight on key moments in Black history and suggest books and movies to learn more.  “Black History Month originally began as Negro History Week, created by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. It only became Black History Month in 1976 when President Gerald Ford […]

Alumni Success: New Jersey State Police Sergeant Danyel Barnes

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Danyel Barnes, a 1994 alumnus, shares his Rowan story and how it shaped his life today as a Sergeant with the New Jersey State Police. Danyel’s college journey is an amazing story in and of itself. In high school, Danyel considered joining the military and was being recruited by the Army and Air Force. A […]

Black #PROFspective: Junior Law and Justice Studies and Africana Studies Double Major Jamar Green

Drone shot view of Campbell Library and Savitz Hall.

Today we speak with Jamar Green, a junior double major in Law and Justice Studies and Africana Studies from Linden, NJ (Union County). Jamar, who transferred to Rowan from Union County College, is a first-generation college student. Jamar lives on-campus at 230 Victoria. Thank you to Tatianna Addison, senior communications studies major from Browns Mills, NJ […]

Alumni Success: Teacher and Soror Kathleen Gordy-Mathis

Kathleen Gordy-Mathis, an alumna and current preschool teacher, tells us about her amazing experiences since graduating. Kathleen graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Communications with a specialization in Public Relations in 1990.  What was your experience like as an undergraduate at Glassboro State College? “As an undergrad, my experience was absolutely awesome. It […]

TRANSFERmation Tuesday: Sociology Major LaDaysha White

LaDaysha standing outside near a bridge.

Today we feature LaDaysha White, a first-generation senior Sociology major from Florence, NJ (Burlington County). She also has a Certificate of Undergraduate study in Public Policy. LaDaysha is a transfer student from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and she tells us about her Rowan experience. Tell us a little bit about your favorite class at […]

Rowan Global History Graduate Student is Teaching and Learning with a “New Set of Rules”

Diamonnique stands inside James Hall.

Meet Diamonnique M., a Rowan Global student from Essex County who began her master’s degree in history pursuit in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. She’s going back to school at the same time as she navigates her first year teaching social studies and English language arts (ELA) at the elementary school level. Here, Diammonnique […]

Men of Color Alliance (MOCA) at Rowan University [VIDEO]

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President Michael Nash (Public Relations) and Vice President Chase Campbell (Advertising), both from Burlington County, share their accomplishments and goals surrounding the Men of Color Alliance. MOCA has had a great positive impact on both the club members’ personal lives and the community they aim to support. Like what you see? LEARN MORE Video by:Dean […]

Alumni Success: Attorney Jennifer Webb-McRae

Rowan alumna Jennifer Webb-McRae shares how impactful her college experience was to her current career as an attorney. Jennifer admits that Rowan (Glassboro State College at the time) was not her first choice going into college. Growing up in Vineland, she didn’t think she could possibly have her ideal college experience living 30 minutes away […]

Lifting Black Creative Voices

Desi smiles outside on campus.

Today we are highlighting Black students who major in creative fields at Rowan University. Each share insight on being a Black student in a major/field where there is not strong representation and tell us where they are headed in their professional careers. “I really didn’t have an insight being a Black student coming from a […]

#PROFspective: Accounting Major David Nicolas

David stands outside of Savitz.

Today we feature first-generation college senior David Nicolas, an Accounting major from Trenton, NJ (Mercer County). David is a part of the Accounting Society and NABA – National Association of Black Acountants. What are your career aspirations? One of my aspirations is to get my Series 6 license. I am in the process of doing that […]

My Favorite Class: Bre’Anna Kidd-Smith, Plant Diversity

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This story is a part of the “My Favorite Class” series. Today we speak to senior Biological Studies major and Africana Studies minor Bre’Anna Kidd-Smith. Bre’Anna is from Gloucester County, NJ. Here, she shares details on her favorite class at Rowan.  What was the name of your favorite class at Rowan? My favorite class at […]

My Favorite Class: Cheyenne Smith, Introduction to American Studies

Cheyenne holds a pennant on campus.

This story is a part of the “My Favorite Class” series. Today we speak to Cheyenne Smith, a senior Early Childhood Education major with a dual minor in American Studies & Africana Studies from Somerdale, NJ (Camden County). Cheyenne is a transfer student from Camden County College and commutes to campus. What was the name […]

Black STEM Majors Share Advice for Black High School Students Interested in STEM

Ylanda sits outside campus near Campbell Library.

Today, we’re highlighting Black STEM majors as they share some advice on where to start when looking into STEM. “Attend as many events as you can to meet new people that has the same interests as you and to also carry out with your interests,” says Ylanda Souffrant, a sophomore, first-generation college student and Math […]

Black #PROFspective: Senior Art Major Ugonna Ugorji

Ugonna poses on the sidewalk in front of Westby Hall.

Today we speak to Ugonna Ugorji, a senior Art major and commuter from Willingboro, NJ (Burlington County). Ugonna is a transfer student from Mercer County Community College. Thank you to Tatianna Addison, senior communications studies major from Browns Mills, NJ (Burlington County), for this series idea to honor Black students during Black History Month.  What […]

Black #PROFspective: Senior Economics Major Tamora Hill

Today we speak to Tamora Hill, a senior Economics major from Salem, NJ (Salem County). Tamora is a transfer student from Cumberland County College and a commuter student. Thank you to Tatianna Addison, senior communications studies major from Browns Mills, NJ (Burlington County) for this series idea to honor Black students during Black History Month.  What […]