COVID-19 Update

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Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

The Rutgers Sociology Department strives to create an environment that supports and affirms diversity in all manifestations, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, social class, disability status, region/country of origin, and political orientation. We also celebrate diversity of theoretical and methodological perspectives among our faculty and students, and seek to create an atmosphere of tolerance, respect, and mutual dialogue.

For helpful guides and resources on promoting inclusion in the classroom and teaching diversity, please see:

Additional academic resources on diversity

Ahmed, Sara. 2007. “The Language of Diversity.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 30 (2): 235-256.

2007. “You End Up Doing The Document Rather Than Doing The Doing’: Diversity, Race Equality And The Politics Of Documentation.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 30 (4): 590-609.

Antonio, Anthony Listing and Marcela Muñiz. 2007. “The Sociology of Diversity” in Sociology of Higher Education: Contributions and Their Contexts, edited by Patricia J. Gumport. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Bell, Joyce and Douglas Hartmann. 2007. “Diversity in Everyday Discourse: The Cultural Ambiguities and Consequences of ‘Happy Talk.’” American Sociological Review 72: 895-914.