These days, it's hard to find an organization that doesn't champion diversity.

At Rowan College at Burlington County, we hold ourselves accountable with transparent structural and equitable initiatives to ensure that diversity remains our strength. We've been involved in the diversity conversation for decades. But we're not just interested in the words -- our programs, events, policy evolution and community engagement continue to elevate our approach to this important topic.

Our diversity initiatives span multiple areas, including but not limited to:

  • Citizenship Ceremonies: These ceremonies, which typically take place during Constitution Week in September, bring together people from varying backgrounds with one common dream: to become a U.S. citizen. At our last ceremony, over 150 people from 51 countries earned their citizenship. U.S. Representative Andy Kim spoke about the importance of the occasion before a full auditorium.  

  • Pride Day: Did you know that we hosted the very first Burlington County Pride Day right here on our Mount Laurel Campus? This celebration included a Flag Raising Ceremony, music, food and networking opportunities. 

  • Healing our Communities Town Halls: During these special-edition Facebook Town Halls, we invite students, staff and community members to discuss topical issues related to race, including mental health in the Black community, how to build up marginalized communities, diversity legislation in New Jersey and more. 

  • Military Services: Established in 1973, our Military Education & Veteran Services department provides assistance to the veteran population. While primary emphasis is placed on education benefits, the office provides information and assistance to student veterans and community residents for any benefits available from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA). 

  • Global Studies Film and Lecture Series: This initiative brings world-renowned scholars and researchers to RCBC to engage and discuss with students and the public crucial and current issues in global security, conflict, health and environment.

  • Inclusive Mascot: In the early stages of deciding who would represent RCBC as mascot, Barry's design was intentionally diversity-minded. We wanted a mascot relatable to everyone, so we specifically aimed for a character that doesn't identify as part of any specific group, doesn’t speak and contains an anonymous actor. Inside the costume, Barry can be of any identity or background -- and to the outside, all identities and backgrounds can see themselves in the costume.