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Spring Festival – Virginia A. Cory Community Garden

Located on Beechwood Avenue, between Brookwillow and Pinewood Avenues, in West Long Branch, the Garden comprises a group of people working to improve their community. To celebrate Earth Day and the beginning of the 2022 season, we’re hosting a Spring Festival featuring community-based vendors, activities, and live music! Admission for all interested guests is free.

The Urbanization of Barnegat Bay

(Free, Registration Required)

Join us Earth Day, April 22, for a screening of Drift, a documentary exploring 50 years of growing pains on Barnegat Bay, followed by an expert panel discussion looking toward the future for the state’s largest body of water and its surrounding communities. The film was produced by the nonprofit Save Barnegat Bay and directed by Monmouth University Production Services Director Erin Fleming.

Social Work Career Day

Hosted by the School of Social Work

Zoom Link:


2–2:30 p.m.

Kristie Tapolow, LSW
Social Behavioral Support Specialist
Middletown Township Public School District

2:30-3 p.m.

Deidre Stamos Lonza, LCSW, LCADC
Senior Director of Operations
New Hope IBHC

3–3:30 p.m.

Jonelle Rodriquez, LSW
Social Worker
American Friends Service Committee – Immigrant Rights Program

Katie Meola, LSW
Social Worker
American Friends Service Committee – Immigrant Rights Program

3:30–4 p.m.

Virgina Kinneman, MSW, LCSW
Social Work Supervisor
RWJ Barnabas Health Inpatient
Behavioral Health

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Ocean Justice

The Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding (IGU) and Urban Coast Institute (UCI) will host the virtual panel discussion “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Ocean Justice” on March 9. The event is this year’s first installment of the Global Ocean Governance Lecture Series, which assembles international experts to discuss scientific and policy issues that hold important implications for coastal and marine ecosystems. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Randall Abate, director of the IGU, and include the following presentations and speakers:

  • “From Accounting for, to Accountability to: Reciprocity and Restitution in Collaborative Climate Change Research” by Monica Barra, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment and Department of Anthropology
  • “Environmental Justice Impacts of Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution” by Juliano Calil, senior fellow at the Center for the Blue Economy and adjunct professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • “Preparing the Prospective NOAA-Mission Workforce for a More Just Future” by Sharmini Pitter, assistant director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems

Following the presentations, attendees will be invited to take part in a Q&A with the panel. Scroll below to read the speakers’ biographies and presentation abstracts.

The event is free and open to the public. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Distinguished Lecture in Social Justice: Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Presented by the Monmouth University President's Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion

Alexis Pauline Gumbs is a queer black feminist love evangelist and an aspirational cousin to all life. She is/they are the author of several books—most recently Undrowned: Black Feminist Lessons from Marine Mammals—and the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Trust, an intergenerational experiential living library of Black LBGTQ brilliance.


Registration has closed for this event.

How to Use LinkedIn to Attract Your Ideal Job or Client

Vin Matano

Whether you are job searching, launching your next side hustle, or already own a business, LinkedIn is a great platform to generate broader visibility for your brand. And like all social media platforms, LinkedIn comes with its own built-in rules, quirks, algorithms, and tricks of the trade. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn how to harness the power of LinkedIn. Join this workshop to build a powerful LinkedIn profile, optimized for search, that gets you found! Let’s work smarter, not harder.

Join us online as Vin Matano ’18, senior account executive and “top salesperson on LinkedIn” at Demandbase, shares how to leverage LinkedIn to create your own personal brand, attract new clients, and have recruiters reach out to you.

Internship & Career Fair

Mark your calendars for the Fall 2021 Internship & Career Fair! 50+ employers will be waiting to meet you with internship and full-time career opportunities, including Colgate-Palmolive, NY Football Giants, Meredith Corporation, OceanFirst Bank, Enterprise, Gaming Laboratories International, CDW, MJH Life Sciences, Target Corporation, and many more! Don’t miss Monmouth’s largest career fair of the semester.

The Strengths of Black Families, presented by Denise McLane-Davison

Voices for Change: Voting, Advocacy, and Action

The political era of the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, and The Black Power Movement demanded the inclusion of rigorous research that centered racial and gender identity as significant narratives. The emergence of Black Studies and Women’s Studies, along with student-led and national organizations incorporating the same identity politics also demanded inclusion in intellectual landscapes. During this era Black social scientists blanketed the scholarship, theory, and treatment research that anchored African cultural values, traditions, knowledge, and generational behaviors as disruptive characteristics of pathologized Black family rhetoric. Collectively, cultural scholarship named the impact of adapting Black life to oppression and anti-Blackness policy. They declared the Black family as the fundamental source of strength of the Black community and as the defense for Black life from external threats. This session provides a historical and contemporary alignment on the Black strength perspective through racial pride, resistance, and resilience.

Combating Racial Injustice Through Education (Featuring Robert Kim, J.D.)

Social Justice Academy Professional Development Series
Combating Racial Injustice Through Education – Demystifying Critical Race Theory in Schools: Let’s Talk Law & Policy

Featuring Robert Kim, J.D.

Robert (Bob) Kim is a writer, consultant, and leading expert on education law and policy in the United States. A former civil rights attorney, his most recent book is Elevating Equity and Justice: Ten U.S. Supreme Court Cases Every Teacher Should Know (Heinemann, 2020). He is also the co-author of Education and the Law, 5thed. and Legal Issues in Education: Rights and Responsibilities in U.S. Public Schools Today (West Academic Publishing, 2019 & 2017). His column, “Under the Law,” appears monthly in Phi Delta Kappan, a professional journal for educators.