President McCormick
President Richard L. McCormick

Rutgers University is a truly diverse community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We are determined to maintain that diversity for two essential reasons. First, social justice requires that educational opportunity must be afforded to students regardless of their economic status, background, or heritage. Second, academic excellence depends on a diverse learning environment because everyone gets a better education when they study with people who are not just like themselves. Our stated mission at Rutgers is to achieve excellence in teaching, discovery, and service - all of which are done best in a diverse, multicultural setting that is characterized by mutual respect and the free exchange of ideas.

One of our major objectives as a university and as a civilization is to reduce conflict between peoples through education and the promotion of cross-cultural understanding. As the President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, I will strive to recommit our students, faculty, staff, and alumni to enhancing understanding and creating a better future for everyone.

The online index of the web-based diversity resources contained at this site is useful as a guide. These resources provide impressive testimony to the good will and hard work of Rutgers men and women. As you use them, you will see that at Rutgers our future as a diverse, respectful, and accomplished place of learning is in good hands.