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Campus Directors

Reporting to the founding executive director, each campus director is a faculty member who oversees the implementation of the institute's mission at the local level. Directors cultivate and shape humanities-driven programs of excellence that involve a multidisciplinary collection of scholars whose work addresses racism and social inequality.

Cross-Campus Directors  

Cross-campus directors are focused on programs and projects that stretch across Rutgers’ intellectual corridor, engaging students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other constituents on all campuses in a shared goal. Cross-campus directors report to the founding executive director and work closely with campus directors to ensure that the initiatives they create and support align with the visions and goals of the campus branches and communities.

Finance and Administration 

The senior director of finance and administration is the institute’s chief nonacademic officer, responsible for finance, administration, sponsored research administration, human resources, information technology, financial and strategic planning, and administrative support for the central and three campus institute offices. The position provides universitywide leadership in strategic operational and financial planning and management in support of institute academic, research, and business goals.  

Jennifer Leon: Senior Director of Finance and Administration

Jennifer Leon started her career at the Office of Continuing Professional Education at Rutgers University in 1991. She is a Rutgers College graduate with a degree in visual arts who also completed a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Rutgers’ Graduate School of Education. After moving on from her first position at the university, she has held the positions of program development administrator at the Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education; associate dean for finance and administration at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; and most recently, director of administration for the humanities at the School of Arts and Sciences.

Jennifer Leon

Staffing Team

Divine Tabios

Universitywide/Central Administration

Senior Director of Development, ISGRJ Central (University Initiatives Foundation, President's Office)

Universitywide/Central Administration

Robin Yarborough

Universitywide/Central Administration

Director of the Office of Sponsored Research, ISGRJ Central

Universitywide/Central Administration

Tania Bentley

Universitywide/Central Administration

Director of Marketing and Communications, ISGRJ Central

Universitywide/Central Administration

Dolores Turchi

Universitywide/Central Administration

Senior Administrator, ISGRJ Central

Universitywide/Central Administration

Tanya McDonald

Rutgers-New Brunswick

Senior Administrator, ISGRJ New Brunswick

Rutgers-New Brunswick

Mahirym Arroyo

Rutgers-Camden

Senior Administrator, ISGRJ Camden

Rutgers-Camden

Terri Kupersmit

Rutgers-Newark

Senior Administrator, ISGRJ Newark

Rutgers-Newark

Desiree Manning

Universitywide/Central Administration

Program Coordinator, ISGRJ Central

Universitywide/Central Administration

Sabiha Ansari

Universitywide/Central Administration

Program Administrator, Named Term Chairs

Universitywide/Central Administration

Jesse Bayker

Rutgers-New Brunswick

Research Project Manager and Digital Archivist, Scarlet and Black Research Center, ISGRJ New Brunswick (supported by the Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick)

Rutgers-New Brunswick

Dario Maya

Universitywide/Central Administration

Federal Work Study Student (Archiving and Research), ISGRJ Central

Universitywide/Central Administration

Alexandra Ramirez

Universitywide/Central Administration

Federal Work Study Student (Social Media Assistant), ISGRJ Central

Universitywide/Central Administration
ISGRJ Team
ISGRJ Team at the "Nikole Hannah-Jones on the Soundstage" Signature Event (L to R top: Divine Tabios, Dolores Turchi, Jennifer Leon, Michelle Stephens, Desiree Manning, Elise Boddie, Tanya McDonald, Tania Bentley, Terri Kupersmit, Robin Yarborough. L to R bottom: Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Pat Rosal)
ISGRJ Senior Administrators (L to R: Mahirym Arroyo, Terri Kupersmit, Desiree Manning, Dolores Turchi and Tanya McDonald)
ISGRJ Senior Administrators (L to R: Mahirym Arroyo, Terri Kupersmit, Desiree Manning, Dolores Turchi and Tanya McDonald)
ISGRJ Cashin Group
ISGRJ Team at the Sheryll Cashin "White Space, Black Hood" Signature Book Event (L to R top: Terri Kupersmit, ISGRJ-Newark Director Mayte Green-Mercado, ISGRJ Founding and Executive Director Michelle Stephens, Sheryll Cashin, David Troutt. L to R bottom: Desiree Manning, Jennifer Leon, Tania Bentley)