Ann Bagchi

Assistant Professor
Division of Nursing Science
School of Nursing

Key topics: language barriers in health care, immigrant health, Certified Application Counselor organizations through the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS, health policy, telehealth for underserved communities

Dr. Ann Bagchi is an assistant professor at Rutgers' School of Nursing with experience conducting health policy and health services research. Her expertise is in health disparities relating to HIV/AIDS, language barriers in health…

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Charles A. Brown

Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs
RBS Office of the Dean - Student Development Center
Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick

Key topics: Diversity and diversity programs, community engagement, underrepresented student populations, business education partnerships, black male achievement

Charles A. Brown oversees a portfolio of programs that helps with the recruitment, development, and retention of underrepresented students populations. With a passionate, dynamic, and relevant style, Charles is able to engage diverse audiences in…

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Maurice Elias

Professor
Department of Psychology
School of Arts and Sciences

Key topics: Parenting, emotional intelligence, education reform, character education, the achievement gap, prevention of bullying, violence, substance abuse, and related problem behaviors, impact of media on children, Jewish education and Jewish identity

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., is president of the International Society for Community Research and Action and Division of Community Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He is also a Leadership Team founding member for the…

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Nurgul Fitzgerald

Assistant Extension Specialist in Health Promotion and Behavior
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Key topics: Type 2 diabetes among Hispanics and other populations, health disparities, nutrition, obesity, physical activity, acculturation, food insecurity and other socioeconomic factors in relationship to diabetes prevention and control.

Nurgul Fitzgerald, Ph.D., is an assistant professor/extension specialist at the Family and Community Health Sciences Department and the Department of Nutritional Sciences; she is also a registered dietitian.

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Nydia Flores

Associate Professor
Graduate School of Education

Key topics: Sociolinguistics, Spanish in the U.S., bilingualism, Spanish pragmatics, teaching English language learners, second language acquisition, and changing perspectives in the teaching of Spanish in the U.S.

Nydia Flores' line of inquiry explores two interrelated avenues in the field of sociolinguistics: the use of Spanish in society and Spanish language education. She prepares pre- and in-service language teachers and future linguists to understand…

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Brittany Friedman

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
School of Arts and Sciences

Key topics: The carceral state; Law enforcement use-of-force; Conditions in jails and prisons; Black political movements against the carceral state

Brittany Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Faculty Affiliate of the Program in Criminal Justice and the Center for Security, Race, and Rights. She is predominantly interested in critical approaches to power, domination, and…

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Jeffrey Friedman

Assistant Professor
Dance
Mason Gross School of the Arts

Key topics: Documentary-based performance; cross-cultural issues in oral history; dance history, including pre-historic dance, Greek/Roman dance, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque dance; romantic ballet; Diaghilev and the Russian Ballet; Isadora Duncan and the foremothers of modern dance; German modern dance; avante-garde dance in the 1960s and 70s.

Jeff Friedman is a dancer and choreographer with a Ph.D. in dance history and theory from the University of California. He specializes in oral history interviewing methods, focusing on documenting and preserving the life-stories of dance…

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Debbie L. Hines

Part Time Lecturer
Labor Studies and Employment Relations
School of Management and Labor Relations -

Key topics: Diversity and Inclusion; Intercultural Sensitivity; Sexual Harassment Prevention; Workplace Issues; Legal Compliance; Topics can be customized to meet client needs. 

Debbie L. Hines is an adjunct Professor in the School of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at Rutgers University. 

She regularly teaches courses in workplace issues and diversity and inclusion. In addition, she does…

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Salvador Mena

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Division of Student Affairs

Key topics: Leadership; Diversity and Inclusion; Team Development; LatinX Experience; College Students; Crisis Management

Born in Harlem, New York and raised by a single parent in the South Bronx, Dr. Salvador Mena is a graduate of the New York City public school system, and was the first in his family to attend college. Leaving New York City to attend the…

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Patricia O'Brien-Richardson

Associate Professor
Public Health/Health Administration
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Key topics: Cultural competency; Cultural health (Black women and adolescent girls); Hair Discrimination; Urban public health disparities; Education policy; Social justice; Race, class, and gender policies

Dr. Patricia O’Brien-Richardson is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. For the past ten years, she has been the CEO and Founder of Move it Nation, Inc., a public health non-profit…

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Arturo Osorio-Fernandez

Assistant Professor
Management and Global Business
Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick

Key topics: Creative class, social entrepreneurship, urban entrepreneurship, social and economic renaissance, entrepreneurship base socioeconomic development, urban revitalization, business and communities, entrepreneurship and under-served populations, entrepreneurship and Hispanic minorities

Arturo Osorio-Fernandez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Global Business. He is also a fellow at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED). There he works with members of the…

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Michael Rockland

Professor
Department of American Studies
School of Arts and Sciences

Key topics: Popular culture, mobility, American ethnicity, American Jewish literature, issues in literature to film adaption, American foreign policy, individualism and communitarianism in American life, New Jersey and the state's 350th anniversary

Michael Aaron Rockland, Ph. D., is a professor and founder of the Department of American Studies and a keynoter for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A graduate of Hunter College and University of Minnesota, he joined Rutgers in 1969…

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Meredeth Turshen

Professor Emerita
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Key topics: Gender & sexuality; violence against women; Violence against women in the new African wars; African child poverty: the gender dimension; Race relations, gender, and violence in the Congo

Meredeth Turshen is Professor Emerita; she taught at Rutgers University for 35 years. She has written six books, Women's health movements: a global force for change (2019, 2007), The political ecology of disease in Tanzania (1984), The politics…

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Abigail Williams-Butler

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Key topics: Child and adolescent development; the child welfare system; the juvenile justice system; racial disparities within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; intersectionality within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Abigail Williams-Butler received her PhD from the University of Michigan in the Joint Social Work and Developmental Psychology program. Her research agenda is informed by her practice experience as a residential counselor for adolescents with…

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