Rowan University launches fund to support diverse research

Rowan University’s research funding grew from $9.1 million in 2012 to $34 million in 2016.

The school has been expanding rapidly, with a growing student population as well as millions invested into redevelopment projects, including a new, 98,300-square-foot building for the university’s business school.

Rowan’s most recent endeavor is a $250K fund that is coming out of Rowan Research Experience for Diversity and Inclusion (REDI).

“We want our faculty and students to be thinking about how the university does research to advance diversity initiatives,” said Beena Sukumaran, the president’s fellow for diversity and inclusion in a Philadelphia Business Journal article. “[We also want to think about] how to make their spaces more inclusive, how are they assessing the needs of underrepresented students, minorities, women, LGBTQI [students] and how are they addressing some of those needs through their research activity.”

Grant money will be awarded to students and faculty that are performing research that integrates components of diversity and inclusion.