Drew is remote for the fall. Prospective students may contact our admissions office to schedule a tour. Campus is closed to visitors without a registered appointment. Face coverings must be worn at all times. More info.
When I was writing my capstone and other independent research papers, support and advice from my poli-sci professors allowed me to firmly realize that this was the field I wanted to pursue. I have never been happier with my choice of going to Drew.”
Let us come together today as our country observes Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance, in memory of the people who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
While our campus community is widespread, we are one in our longstanding mission to add to the world’s good. On this day, we encourage you to think of those who were lost and honor the first responders and others who continue to rise to service in the face of extreme adversity and challenge.
Please take a moment today in silence, wherever you may be, to remember.
We wish today’s first day of classes looked like it did last year, but as we adapt to a new-look semester, we’re still wishing our amazing, resilient #DrewU students a happy start to school and a great fall semester!...
Read President Baenninger’s statement in support of international students:
Dear members of the Drew community,
Last Monday, guidelines were released from the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which prohibit international students from remaining in the United States if they are completing a course load that is 100 percent online. I am writing today to confirm our firm and unequivocal support for our international community of global citizen students from around the world, as well as our international staff and faculty, who greatly enrich our community.
This information was not expected, nor does it aid in the alleviation of the challenges our international students already grapple with in the face of this unprecedented global pandemic. However, because Drew has adopted a hybrid model of instruction for the fall semester—a mixture of online and in person classes—it appears at this time that our students will overall be unaffected by this news. Nonetheless, we do not support this policy decision and are working with our colleagues at other institutions and in professional organizations to express our opposition, and to advocate for our international students with our local and state representatives. We know that SEVP and ICE continue to develop interim policy guidance, and we are diligently following these developments so that we may share the most up-to-date information with current students.
Drew is very proud of our top 10 ranking among baccalaureate colleges for international student enrollment by the Institute of International Education. We open our doors widely because we value the excellence, engagement, and diversity our international students bring to The Forest.
To our international students in all three schools at Drew: We are here to support you, and we will continue to closely monitor SEVP guidance to help you prepare for the fall semester....
Today we celebrate #Juneteenth. For more about the historical and cultural significance of this day, we turned to @drewarchives:
The story of Juneteenth does not begin and end on June 19, 1865. It does not begin and end with the Emancipation Proclamation or Abraham Lincoln’s assassination or the march of Major-General Granger into Galveston, TX. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and celebrates freedom and independence for enslaved people who had been illegally and wrongly held captive for years following the Emancipation Proclamation. The history of abolitionism, anti-slavery efforts, and the fight for freedom is prominent in the collections of Drew University’s archival holdings. But these stories come from a rather narrow perspective: one made up mostly of white voices, male voices, and voices of those in power.
Juneteenth marks an anniversary, the formal announcement in Texas when “an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor” (from General Orders, Number 3, June 19, 1865). The fight for “absolute equality” did not end that day in 1865. It continues to this day and is reflected in the books, letters, official documents, and primary sources found in archives like those at Drew University. Our archives reflect history, but not all history; they reflect lives lived and lives lost, but not all lives; they reflect pain and perseverance and hatred and love and the things that make us human, but not all things. Archives are inherently flawed and tell only part of the story. But the role of these institutions is to share these parts openly and freely so that a larger and more complete story can be told. We cannot tell the whole story of Juneteenth here in the Drew University archives, but we can tell part of it. We will be sharing posts throughout today here and on Facebook. See our blog (link in @drewarchives bio) for all the posts in one location....
A letter from #DrewU President MaryAnn Baenninger. Read the full statement via the link in our bio.
Dear Members of the Drew Community,
Black Lives Matter. I write today to embrace our black and brown Drew community members, and to express the love and solidarity of the Drew community in this time of pain and heartache.
Yet another unarmed or defenseless black or brown person has been killed by the police. Yet again, the killing is described as “senseless.” We grieve for George Floyd, who—like Eric Garner—was killed while begging to breathe, the single most basic of human needs. We are in anguish and despair over Mr. Floyd’s death, not because he was the victim of a “senseless” killing, but because he was killed as the result of a deliberate action, motivated by his race, at the hands of police. Our anguish and despair is very, very sadly not a new feeling.
History has repeated itself more times than we can count. As we grieve for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, we recognize all too well these feelings, because we have grieved for countless others before them. We grieve for our country and its citizens, and we watch as the people of our cities and our nation express this profound and collective sadness, suffering, and rage. With each unnecessary and violent death we cry out, each in our own way, for justice and equality, and for an end to racism in all its forms, only to find those ideals yet again beyond our nation’s grasp.
As a nation, we must not continue to define ourselves this way. As members of the Drew community we must be change leaders. We are guided by values of equality and social justice, and we have power collectively and individually. These values we learn and express at Drew are relevant, important, and urgent, and we must continue to live out these values on campus, in our hometowns, and in all of our interactions. In each and every instance, big and small, where we have the power to create change, we must act. Let those actions be guided by hope, determination, and unflagging persistence that Black Lives Matter....
We want to see how you're celebrating commencement at home! Tag us to be featured in our story throughout the week. The more creative, the better—TikTok videos, homemade garbage bag gowns, and construction paper caps are encouraged! #Drew20...