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Diversity Research Center Launched

Newark, New Jersey - The Chancellor of Rutgers University's Newark campus has announced the launching of the new Diversity Research Center in the John Cotton Dana Library.

In articulating the distinctiveness of Rutgers-Newark, Chancellor Diner has emphasized not only the distinction and reputation of the academic programs but also two key features of the campus history and mission-diversity and community engagement. "The extraordinary diversity of Rutgers-Newark provides unique opportunities to educate students for the global world and to study the impact of racial, ethnic and religious diversity on our society and its institutions," said Chancellor Steven Diner. "Because teaching and research on diversity span numerous disciplines and schools within our institution, it is especially appropriate that this center be housed in our library. And in Mark Winston, we have the ideal academic leader to develop this center in a way that will engage all of our colleges and schools."

For the past 13 years, U.S. News and World Report has ranked universities on the basis of diversity. U.S. News has ranked Rutgers-Newark the most diverse national university in the United States every year since the publication began assessing diversity. The Center is appropriately located on the Rutgers-Newark campus.

The Diversity Research Center is unique in its mission, nationally, and as a research center, in being a part of the library, as opposed to a school or college. The Diversity Research Center's mission will include:

The Center will create a dedicated collection of research materials related to diversity; host noted speakers, organizational leaders, and visiting scholars; and disseminate its findings and research through presentations, publications and electronic media. The Center will also establish a faculty fellowship program, to support Rutgers-Newark faculty who conduct diversity research in their disciplines.

Assistant Chancellor and Dana Library Director Dr. Mark Winston will serve as Director of the Center and Dana Library Associate Director Haipeng Li will serve as Co-Director of the Center. According to ALA President Camila Alire, "This Diversity Research Center is much needed in higher education and what better place to house it than in a library. I can't think of two better co-directors for the Center than Haipeng Li and Mark Winston--two people very committed to diversity in the library profession and in general."

And, according to Miguel Figueroa, Director of the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, "The Diversity Research Center at the Dana Library will play an important role in promoting the value of diversity in education, organizational performance, and librarianship. Guided by leaders in diversity research and on a campus where diversity is an integral part of the learning experience, this Diversity Research Center is well-positioned at Rutgers-Newark's Dana Library."

Posted March 29, 2010