Douglass Residential College at Rutgers

Thank you to the alumnae and students who submitted Douglass Residential College at Rutgers (New Brunswick)—a model of a women’s residential college program in a larger co-educational university setting.

From the program’s website:

Through personalized programs, leadership opportunities, and residential learning communities, Douglass offers an enhancement to the wonderful opportunities for undergraduates at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Douglass’ programs range from a first-year orientation that assists students in adjusting to college to senior year workshops, externship programs and labor force preparation. Douglass, a community of students invested in their own and each other’s success, offers a four-year academic engagement curriculum for any female undergraduate student at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Douglass caters to the wide variety of students’ interests, with a specialization for women in science, math, engineering, and technology majors. While at Douglass, all students are provided with customized programs, including peer mentors, themed and language housing, active student clubs, a student government, scholarships, leadership opportunities, and common first-year learning experiences.

Douglass offers some classes, but students take their academic courses through Rutgers’ schools and departments.

https://douglass.rutgers.edu/
https://douglass.rutgers.edu/faqs

  1. Sandy Kuritzky says:

    Thanks for the info (and links) to the Douglass and Baldwin programs. Both are appreciated.

    I’ll admit I’ve only skimmed both, but it seemed to me that the Douglass program “is” Chatham College for Women. If the administration/board is thinking this may be a model under consideration, I (for one) would appreciate discussion over the nuances I may have missed.

    I need a better understanding how a similar program for Chatham U. could work. For example, if Douglass is currently populated by <2000 women within the Rutgers system, what would the achievable numbers need to be in order to sustain a similar model @ CU? What number of undergrad men would need to be recruited and what would the hard (facilities) costs need to be in order to support those men?

  2. Esther Barazzone says:

    Good morning, Sandy,

    I am happy that you see similarities between Chatham University and the Douglass Residential College. That is of course the point. The difference is, however, that while Douglass Residential students have focused advising, mentoring with alumnae, and a course on Women and Power, all of their regular coursework is done within the coeducational classrooms of the University. Douglass Residential is part of the Leadership Institute administrative construct where it is grouped with other programs, including, I believe, Women’s Studies, but also things such as CAWP (the Center for the American Woman in Politics) which is cocurricular mostly. I will be visiting and talking more later with people at Douglass, but it preserves the spirit of a residential women’s college, even if it cannot replicate it in its entirety.

    Esther

  3. Sandy Kuritzky says:

    Thanks for your explanation, Esther.

    Coincidentally, my husband recently received Volume 20, #1, Winter 2014 issue of “Brown Medicine”. Among its programs are the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLEM) and Women’s Health in Emergency Care (WHEC).

    According to the article “The Whole Physician”, the PLEM is an 8 year program that incorporates both the undergraduate and graduate experience. The undergrad. experience includes a BS in “biology and chemistry, literature and music, engineering and women’s studies, and everything in between”. Afterwards, students enter Brown’s medical school.

    According to “The Beat: What’s New in the Classrooms, on the Wards, and in the Labs”, the WHEC is a 2 year fellowship in women’s health, which “has evolved over the past decade, and now refers to complex interactions between biology, behavior, and the environment. We are developing a deeper scientific understanding of sex and gender differences in the etiology, diagnosis, progression, outcomes, treatment, and prevention of may conditions that affect both women and men”.

    With Pittsburgh’s vibrant medical school community, perhaps these may be models worthy of exploration for CCW? As we have partnered with the neighboring institutions for generations, perhaps this will be an opportunity for us to joint venture and provide supporting curriculum?

    Sandy Kuritzky, ’73

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