Supporting Black Students & Integration Task Force Update

Supporting Black Students at Roosevelt

In response to the recent protests surrounding police violence against the Black community, there have been many conversations and questions about how the Roosevelt community can support Black students. As a starting point, we held an open forum for the community last Tuesday to hear from our students, faculty, staff and alumni and to start a dialogue about what must change in the future. We are planning to hold similar webinars in July to keep these conversations going. Dates and topics will be announced soon.

As a result of the integration with Robert Morris, Roosevelt is excited to share that Angela Jordan has joined the dean of students’ staff as associate dean of student life, equity and inclusion. Her primary focus is to advance student life through Roosevelt’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion and support the success of all underserved students. To learn more about Angela, listen to her podcast episode with President Ali. Welcome, Angela!

Angela will work closely with the Office of Multicultural Student Support Services, which provides specialized support services to promote growth and empower students who identify as students of color and other underrepresented student populations. The office advocates on behalf of students and provides access to a strong network of valuable campus-wide resources and key personnel to help students transition and navigate campus life.

Last week, Roosevelt established the Black Student Equity Fund and raised close to $50,000. This fund will support the Office of Multicultural Student Support Services by way of scholarships, educational programming, student activities and events. This is just one of several scholarships that the University stewards to financially support Black students, such as the New Era Grant, which was used to actively recruit 30 new fall 2020 students to the Robert Morris Experiential College. This grant is a vital tool to attract Black students in partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

The Black Student Union (BSU) provides students with campus information, involvement opportunities, community service opportunities and educational and professional development. This student organization is not limited to students of color, and welcomes all students to join BSU to create an environment that encourages learning and improvement. For information or questions on how to get involved, contact student chairperson Je’Karia Smith at jsmith100@mail.roosevelt.edu or advisor Pamela Thompson-Hill at pthompsonhill@roosevelt.edu.

In addition to student advocacy work, the Black Male Leadership Academybuilds leadership skills and the intellectual, cultural and social capital of young Black men in Chicago. Since 2014, the goal of the academy has been to increase the odds of succeeding in college and beyond. For questions about this program, please contact Dr. Al Bennett, director of the St. Clair Drake Center for African and African American Studies.

Lastly, Roosevelt is not only committed to attracting more Black students and other students of color, but equally committed to making sure that students thrive once enrolled. Roosevelt has been a part of the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative (ILEA) since 2018. Through our involvement with ILEA, we have developed an equity plan that will guide our work to eliminate gaps in completion rates between White students and students of color. For information or questions about the equity plan, please contact Jamar Orr, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, at jorr05@roosevelt.edu.

As we continue the march toward achieving racial justice, Roosevelt is consciously aware of the need to work with all areas of our University to dismantle systemic racism. All ideas and thoughts you have on ways to support Black students and ensure that we continue to live our mission daily are welcome. To share, please contact Angela Jordan at ajordan18@roosevelt.edu.

Technology Task Force – Data Integration Update

The highly anticipated transfer of Robert Morris student data into Roosevelt systems is scheduled from June 26 to July 6. During this time, Banner and RU Access will be inaccessible to all faculty, staff and students. Please plan accordingly.

On July 7, the integration of all student data into Banner will be complete. This will allow for more efficient communication and improvements across the University and provide Robert Morris Experiential College students with new tools and resources.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Eric Vuillemot at evuillemot@roosevelt.edu.