Social and Racial Justice Research Webinars

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Philanthropy for Social and Racial Justice:
Private Foundation Perspectives on Mobilizing Research and Scholarship Toward an Equitable Future

At this moment of reckoning with the history of racism and ongoing systems of discrimination, Rutgers, as the State University of New Jersey, has a special obligation to lead our collective response and to foster pioneering academic research that moves our entire society toward understanding and redress. Join us for a webinar series that will map the university’s academic strengths in racial and social justice and help advance our research efforts toward the fullest possible engagement with the world around us.

Our opening events focus on the recent surge in philanthropy addressing systemic and structural racism. Private foundations are shifting their focus, expanding their investments, and seeking ways to support long-term solutions that remedy racial and social justice. Webinars will feature foundation Program Officers, who will share their insights and institutional perspective on the role of philanthropy in conversation with Rutgers faculty.  

Special Session:

Rutgers University and the Henry Luce Foundation in Conversation

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Luce Foundation Conversation Headshots   





Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in conversation with
Mariko Silver, President of the Henry Luce Foundation

Two presidents, both visionary leaders in higher education, will discuss how the field of foundation philanthropy has shifted to address systemic and structural racism, the Henry Luce Foundation’s commitment toward the future, and the role of academic scholarship in achieving equity for all.

 About Rutgers University and the Henry Luce Foundation



The Spencer Foundation

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Spencer Foundation Panelists and Moderator Head Shots


  • Megan Bang, Senior Vice President, The Spencer Foundation
  • Melinda Mangin, Associate Professor, Department of Education Theory, Policy, and Administration, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University-New Brunswick


  • Andrea Conklin Bueschel, Senior Vice President for Administration, Chief of Staff, Office of the President, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

About the Spencer Foundation and Panelists


The William T. Grant Foundation

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Grant Foundation Panelists Headshots 

  • Jenny Irons, Program Officer, Reducing Inequality Program Area, The William T. Grant Foundation
  • Nyeema Watson, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Inclusion, and Civic Engagement, Rutgers University-Camden


About the William T. Grant Foundation and Panelists


Arnold Ventures

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Arnold Ventures Panel Headshots



  • Elie Honig, Director of Rutgers Institute for Secure Communities, Rutgers University-New Brunswick

About Arnold Ventures and Panelists


The Russell Sage Foundation

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Russell Sage Panelist Headshots


  • Stephen Glauser, Program Officer, The Russell Sage Foundation

  • Yalidy Matos, Assistant Professor of Political Science & Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, Rutgers-New Brunswick


  • Rose Cuison-Villazor, Vice Dean, Professor of Law and Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, and Director, Center for Immigration Law, Policy and Justice, Rutgers Law School

About Russell Sage and Panelists


This Foundation series will be followed by a second phase of virtual ideation seminars (mid-May 2021) designed to build a coordinated, collaborative, and committed research community at Rutgers in the areas of racial and social justice. Researchers from across the university will have an opportunity to come together through themed panels and breakout rooms to share current work, discover converging interests, and identify prospects for future collaboration. In a third phase (Summer 2021), teams who wish to work together on a specific project will be supported with targeted workshops, writing sessions, and grant consultation and development. Details about Phase II and III will be announced in the coming months.

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Sponsored by the divisions of Academic Initiatives and Faculty Development in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, in association with the Office for Research and the Rutgers University Foundation.