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NJCU’s President Henderson on ‘Making the Most of Our Diversity’

NJCU President Sue Henderson, Ph.D., recently published an article in the online journal Higher Ed Jobs. Titled “Making the Most of Our Diversity,” the story asserts the philosophical and practical benefits of a diverse college campus. A diverse classroom, Henderson notes, offers students access to and an understanding of different points of view. This, in turn, encourages respectful debate and more sophisticated critical thinking skills—attributes highly sought after in both the classroom and the job market. NJCU certainly practices what Henderson preaches.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named the University the Best Public School in New Jersey for Ethnic Diversity. The recent opening of a new residence hall at University Place has created a surge in international enrollment, helping to attract students from more than 100 countries—from Albania to Vietnam—with more than 20 making the journey from mainland China. The University’s diversity extends beyond race and ethnicity; NJCU draws from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and the ages for NJCU undergraduates range from 16 to 72.


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NJCU School of Business Launches Pilot Program with Harvard’s Digital Learning Initiative
NJCU Hosts ONE WORLD Conference to Focus on Global Empowerment of Women
President Henderson on ‘Making the Most of Our Diversity’
NJCU Fulbright Student Selected to Attend Selective REDI Program
Honors Students Study in Peru
NJCU Model UN Earns Accolades

NJCU School of Business Launches Pilot Program with HBX, Harvard Business School’s Digital Learning Initiative

Goal Is Preparing Non-Business Graduate Students for Graduate Business Studies

The New Jersey City University (NJCU) School of Business has launched a pilot program with Harvard Business School’s digital learning initiative—HBX.

The pilot program will utilize HBX’s online platform to prepare entering graduate students with a non-business background for graduate studies in business.

The program will engage NJCU’s MBA students with the HBX Credential of Readiness (CORe) program, which offers an interactive, social and case-based education in business analytics, economics and financial accounting.

The HBX CORe program focuses on understanding and solving real-world problems, requires students to play an active role, individually and with each other, emphasizing engagement, discussion, and peer-to-peer learning.

“NJCU students stand to benefit greatly from this digital learning initiative with Harvard Business School,” NJCU President Sue Henderson stated, adding, “Business students enrolled in our MBA program, our finance program, or our new Business Analytics and Data Science master’s program are primed to tackle business curriculum. Now, the interactive and collaborative aspects of the HBX CORe program will encourage students to think outside the box and to bring their non-business scholarship to enhance their business studies and career goals.”

Dr. Daniel J. Julius, NJCU Provost and Senior Vice President, stated, “This collaboration brings educational innovation and a valuable global learning opportunity to NJCU graduate students who wish to move from non-business disciplines to graduate business studies through this forward-looking approach to learning.”

“We are excited to be working with HBX on this pilot program which offers excellent educational content within an impressive digital delivery format,” said NJCU’s School of Business Dean Bernard McSherry. “The current pilot will determine how best we deploy the HBX program within our overall graduate business program. It is one of our strategic initiatives to offer an excellent contemporary business education to our business students.”

NJCU Hosts ONE WORLD Conference to Focus on Global Empowerment of Women


Focus Is on Global Empowerment of Women

Dr. Sue Henderson, President of NJCU, announced today that Katty Kay, the lead anchor for BBC World News America, will headline the roster of distinguished speakers at the two-day inaugural event of One World at the newly launched School of Business, located at the Mack-Cali Harborside Complex in Jersey City. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the lead sponsor of One World—Empowering Women for the Global Conversation.

Ms. Kay is co-author of two New York Times best-sellers, Womenomics: Making the Case for Women in the Workforce and The Confidence Code. She will be joined by Haiyan Wang, Managing Partner of the China India Institute in Washington and co-author of Getting China and India Right. Together, they will explore the social and economic impact of women around the world in fields such as finance, global business, education, healthcare, corporate leadership and entrepreneurship along with 350 senior members of the region’s business community.

In addition to Ms. Kay and Ms. Wang, featured speakers will include: Michele Brown, president and CEO of Choose New Jersey; Michellene Davis, executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer of RWJBarnabas Health; Rebecca Freed, partner, Genova Burns; Michele Siekerka, president and CEO, New Jersey Business and Industry Association; and Alfa Demmellash, co-founder, Rising Tide Capital.

Additional featured speakers include: Dr. Indu Shahani, president and chair of ISDI, ISME, and IDI WPP; Dr. Dale Atkins, noted psychologist and author; Lynn Bishop, chief development officer of The Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation; and Peggy Klaus, professional and executive development coach and author.

Produced by Daryl Rand, president of HarrisonRand and founder of Friends of India, in concert with Dr. Henderson, the event represents the culmination of decades of volunteerism, leadership and International focus for both women.

Dr. Henderson stated “NJCU is proud to call Jersey City home. In fact, our amazing city was recently named the most diverse in the nation and I believe it is one of our greatest strengths. One World represents our ongoing commitment to diversity and the cross-cultural exchange of ideas and perspectives. Now, more than ever, is the time for New Jersey to engage in these global conversations as we continue to grow as an international hub for business.”

“Since its founding, Jersey City has been a beacon for freedom, equality, and opportunity,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “What better place to explore One World for Women than here in Jersey City? This event will bring together global thought leaders to discuss issues that are changing our world. Networking, career empowerment, and financial freedom are powerful agents for change.”

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NJCU Fulbright Student Selected to Attend Selective REDI Program

Fabiana Rebollo, an elementary/special education and English major graduating in May 2017 from NJCU, has been selected to attend the highly selective Rutgers English Diversity Institute at Rutgers University. The Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI) is a week-long program held on the flagship campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

REDI is designed to encourage current students and recent graduates from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds to consider graduate study in Literatures in English. At REDI, students learn about the different subfields in English and American literature, and emerging fields and approaches, from Rutgers University faculty who are at the vanguard of these developments. REDI activities include seminars, lectures, workshops on applying for graduate school and on digital resources in literary studies, a trip to a research library, and a cultural excursion to New York City.

The dozen or so students chosen from a national pool of applicants will each receive a $500 stipend for participating in the program. Rutgers University and REDI also cover all travel and living expenses for the duration of the program. REDI is co-directed by distinguished Rutgers faculty, Cheryl Wall, Evie Shockley, and Carter Mathes.

Fabiana Rebollo is the second NJCU student to be selected to attend REDI. She follows in the footsteps of Sinia Amanonce, a secondary education English major, who attended REDI in Summer 2015. Both exceptional students were also awarded Fulbright awards. Sinia is currently completing her Fulbright in the Czech Republic. Fabiana will embark on her Fulbright to Uruguay in the fall. NJCU students and recent graduates interested in the REDI program can reach out to Professor Audrey Fisch, Department of English,, for more information.

Honors Students Study in Peru

For 10 days in May, a contingent of 16 NJCU students traveled to Peru to study the country’s agriculture, history, economy, and geography. Led by Assistant Biology Professor Terry Kamps and Assistant Professor of Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Virginia Ochoa-Winemiller, the trip was the culmination of the interdisciplinary course Food, Place, and Cultural Performance in Peru. In this honors program, students explored how food choices are driven by culture and may be transformed by globalization, rural to urban migration, diaspora, and other mitigating factors.

During their visit, the students journeyed across the country—from Lima to Cusco to Valle Sagrado to Machu Pichu—to visit plantations, an organic farm, archaeological sites, and museums.

NJCU Honors courses customarily have a study abroad component that complements the rigors of classroom work. This is in line with the University’s ongoing mission to promote student engagement in a culturally complex world. Currently, NJCU offers study abroad opportunities in nearly 50 countries to better allow students to grow academically, culturally, and personally in an increasingly globally-connected world.

NJCU Model UN Earn Accolades

NJCU’s Model UN delegation won two awards at the Annual Conference of the National Model United Nations (NMUN) in New York City. Political Science major Steven Pollak beat out 190 competitors to earn the Outstanding Position Paper Award of the General Assembly Committee. The NJCU team was also named an Honorable Mention Delegation by the National Collegiate Conference Association. NJCU represented Cambodia at the April 2017 event.

The students taking part in the NMUN event were Cely Cotto, General Assembly First Committee; Pollak, General Assembly Second Committee; Harold Daniels, General Assembly Third Committee; Monir Khilla and Jeniya Turner, High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) Committee; Vakhtang Kizirya and Alejandra Mexia, United Nations Environment Assembly Committee; and Philip Cranwell and Joseph Hurley, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Committee. Dr. Ning Liao, Assistant Professor of Political Science, served as faculty advisor.

Liao joined the NJCU faculty in 2014 following the completion of his Ph.D. in international studies at Old Dominion University. His scholarship largely falls in to the thematic fields of the international relations of East Asia, including Chinese foreign relations and U.S./China relations. His research has appeared in refereed journals such as Asian Politics & Policy, East Asia: An International Quarterly, and Asian Profile, as well as an edited volume published by the University of Michigan Press.

This is not the first year NJCU was recognized at the National Model UN. In spring 2015, the NJCU delegation, representing Central African Republic, earned the Outstanding Position Paper Award of the UN Environment Program Committee, the Best Delegates of the Economic Commission for Africa, and an Honor Delegation Award.