Whereas the faculty of the department of English are committed to making the university a just and inclusive community,

Whereas President Barchi has publicly declared, on December 8, 2016, that “Rutgers is, and will always be, a sanctuary,” committing to protecting the rights of undocumented students by refusing record-sharing and physical access to federal immigration enforcement except as required by court order, warrant, or subpoena,

Whereas the report of the Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History has shown that Rutgers must rectify its historic wrongs,

Whereas, lest future generations find more wrongs committed in our own historical moment, this 250th anniversary of the university demands a shared affirmation of our commitment to justice for all the diverse peoples of our university,

Whereas the days since the election have seen what the Southern Poverty Law Center calls a “national outbreak of hate,” with almost 900 reported incidents of harrassment and intimidation, many of them in schools and on campuses, targeting African Americans, Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, women, Jews and others,

Whereas President-elect Trump has vowed to repeal DACA, which is of great importance to undocumented students across the country, and without which undocumented Rutgers students who have excelled in and outside of the classroom will be denied the opportunity to continue their studies and complete their degrees,

BE IT RESOLVED, the faculty of the department of English endorses the resolution “condemning violence and hate, with a call to action” by the New Brunswick Faculty Council dated November 15, 2016,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the faculty of the department of English expresses its continuing solidarity with the national Sanctuary Campus movement,

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the faculty of the department of English commends President Barchi’s commitment to creating a sanctuary that protects all students regardless of immigration status, and calls upon President Barchi and Chancellor Edwards to make this commitment concrete by taking the following measures without delay:

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A Talk About Career Options for Graduate Students

Maggie Debelius, Georgetown 
Introduced by Ann Jurecic

 Watch Rutgers senior Nathaniel Baffoe-Mensah explain why he chose to study English on the pre-med track:

student wrtgEvery spring there are many prizes and awards offered through the department. These awards add impressive lines to your resume, but most important, they affirm your achievements. Please consider submitting your work for an award!! If you don’t submit something, you can’t win. Give it a try! The deadline to submit your work for awards is Monday, March 21, 2016.

See the list of available awards at