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Update on the Commission on Social Justice Implementation Task Force

To the Campus Community:

I am pleased to announce the following individuals have agreed to serve on the Commission on Social Justice Implementation Task Force.

Dr. Suzanne McCotter, Dean, School of Education

Victoria Guerra ’19, Nursing Major, Bonner Scholar, College Ambassador

Dionne Hallback, Associate Director for Financial Aid and Staff Senate Representative

Heather Hardwick, Director of Marketing Communications

Dr. Frederick McDowell, Superintendent, Trenton Public Schools

Grecia Montero, Director of Admissions

Dr. Michael Nordquist, Executive Director, Center for Community Engaged Learning and Research

Christina Riso, J.D., Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President

Kerri Thompson-Tillett, Esq., Associate Vice President for Human Resources/Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Don Trahan, Jr., Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Shaun Wiley, Associate Professor, Psychology

Dr. Suzanne McCotter, Dean of the School of Education, has graciously agreed to serve as chair. Under her leadership, the Implementation Task Force will collaborate on initiatives as assigned by the Steering Committee, consisting of John P. Donohue, Vice President for College Advancement, Dr. Christopher T. Fisher, Associate Professor of History, and me. These initiatives, which support the remaining three recommendations within the report issued by the Advisory Commission on Social Justice: Race and Educational Attainment, include:

  • A recruitment event for Trenton and Ewing students
  • A visibility campaign within the Trenton/Ewing area
  • TCNJ/Trenton history gallery in Trenton Hall
  • Enhancement of welcoming programs for TCNJ students from Trenton and Ewing
  • A comprehensive inventory of programs, projects, and initiatives between TCNJ and the communities of Trenton and Ewing.

While the individuals above will be leading these efforts, please know that the work this group aims to achieve requires the insight, collaboration and talents of members of the campus, Trenton, and Ewing communities.

The task force will provide updates to the community as their work progresses throughout the academic year. I thank all members of the task force in advance for their commitment to addressing these issues.


R. Barbara Gitenstein