Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are essential components of the RARC’s core values. We seek to promote DEI across the RARC’s four research domains – basic science; epidemiology, etiology and prevention; treatment and recovery, and public policy – to prevent and treat problematic substance use, substance use disorder (SUD), behavioral addictions and associated health and social outcomes. We also aim to be leaders in DEI as it relates to addiction research, prevention and treatment in New Jersey, nationally and globally.

Consistent with the Rutgers University Equity and Inclusion Office, we adopt the following definitions of diversity, equity and inclusion:

  • Diversity refers to the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, age, religion, language, disability status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region, and more.”
  • Equity refers to actively working to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented full participation across differences in culture and circumstance, specifically redressing the exclusion of underrepresented groups in higher education. Attention to equity involves ensuring access, opportunity, and advancement for all students, faculty, and staff in every stage of education and career development.”
  • “Inclusion refers to the act of creating environments in which individuals and groups feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued by eliminating practices and behaviors that marginalize. An inclusive climate embraces differences and offers respect in words and actions so that all people can fully participate in the university’s opportunities.”

If you are interested in joining the DEI Workgroup, please reach out to DEI Chair Alexandria Bauer, Ph.D. (agb133@gsapp.rutgers.edu). 

To learn more about equity and inclusion activities at the university, visit Rutgers University Equity and Inclusion.