In President Weisbuch’s October 19, 2007 email to the University Community, he reminded us that intolerance will not be tolerated at Drew. As the Special Assistant on Diversity and Chair of the University Diversity Committee, I want to review the action steps put in place to move forward with the University’s Diversity agenda.

President Weisbuch reminded us of the standards to which we, as members of the University Community, must be committed.  Our work is ongoing as the community changes with each new semester.  There must be a combination of accountability, education, resources and community building in order for us to continue to maintain a community that truly celebrates and embraces its diversity.

With this in mind, we want to make you aware of a variety of contacts. If a member of the Drew community feels he or she  has been subjected to acts of discrimination based on gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation—or if you become aware of situations in which the University’s support of multiculturalism and affirmative action is violated— one may contact one or more of the following:

  • Prof. George-Harold Jennings, UAAO Sycamore Cottage, gjenning@drew.edu 973/408-3392
  • Mr. Frank C. Merckx, Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs, Sycamore Cottage, fcmerckx@drew.edu 973/408-3390
  • Dr. Carlos Yordan, Special Assistant on Diversity, Chair of the Drew Diversity Committee, Smith House, cyordan@drew.edu 973/408-3365

For issues of sexual harassment, verbal harassment or hostile physical conduct, one can contact one or more of the following officials:

  • Dr. Wendy Kolmar, Co-Chair, Sexual Harassment Committee, Brothers College 104A, wkolmar@drew.edu 973/408-3944

Resources

One may also contact some of the following resources to acquire support for mistreatment.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Religious and Spiritual Life

  • Rev. Tanya Linn Bennett, Director of the Chapel and Religious Life, Mead Hall 021, Seminary Hall 204, tbennett@drew.edu, 973/408-3718

Peer Assistance and Referral (PAR)

Education/Campus Conversation

Drew has plans for events based on educating the campus community about understanding, enhancing and perpetuating diversity. Ultimately, these events, in the form of workshops, discussions, and training sessions, are meant to foster a climate of acceptance throughout the university.