Douglass Plans a New Global Center

Rutgers Roots, Global Reach – Douglass Plans a New Global Center

Rutgers University has made an additional $1.4 million investment in a new Living-Learning Residence Hall for Douglass’ Global Village. At Douglass Reunion Convocation in early June, Former President Richard McCormick announced that the University will provide $6.4 million toward the project, a significant increase over the previously announced $5 million allocation. When coupled with gifts of $2.6 million already received from generous alumnae and friends, only $1 million remains to be raised toward the project.

In making the announcement, President McCormick affirmed, “Douglass is where women learn to lead a rapidly changing global world.” His thoughts were echoed by Douglass Dean Jacquelyn Litt, “The new living learning residence hall will enhance the student experience for those who choose to live and study together around a common theme. These women become immersed in study and practice in areas such as Leadership, Human Rights, Asian Culture, Social Justice, and others. The new building will also allow for an expansion of global programs so that additional students can benefit. We are grateful to the University and excited to see this long held vision of completing the Global Vision become a reality.”

The first new construction at Douglass in more than 30 years, the building will feature elements specific to the needs of living-learning communities:
• Classroom/group meeting space
• Multi-purpose area equipped with state-of-the-art technology for group presentations, lectures, and video conferencing
• Suite-style living, which will also add a new housing option and enhance recruitment.

To learn more about the buildings progress or to make a contribution, please contact Eileen Cotter, Director of Development.

About The Associate Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC)
Established by the Class of 1922, the college’s first graduating class, the AADC today represents the interests of more than 36,000 graduates of Douglass College and the former New Jersey College for Women. With support from alumnae and friends, the Associate Alumnae provides exciting educational opportunities for Douglass students, as well as programs and outreach opportunities that foster connections between Douglass alumnae, students, faculty, staff and friends.

About Douglass Residential College
Douglass Residential College boasts 1,816 students from more than 24 states and 14 countries; it recently welcomed Jacquelyn Litt, Ph.D. as its tenth dean. Founded in 1918 as the New Jersey College for Women (NJC), and later named Douglass College in honor of its founder Mabel Smith Douglass, the College was renamed Douglass Residential College following the reorganization of undergraduate education at Rutgers in 2006. Throughout its history Douglass has been at the forefront of education for women, and continues to support women’s development in all arenas, including research, education, business, public policy, communication and community service.

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