The Honors Student Council Office located on the fourth floor of NJIT’s Fenster Hall was officially named The Roberta Renard Student Council Office at the Albert Dorman Honors College (ADHC) yesterday in honor of the ADHC Board of Visitors member and benefactor. Roberta Renard, of Summit, is president and chief executive officer of Renard Communications, Inc., a Springfield, NJ company that publishes the trade magazine, Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology.
“You have been an inspiration and I feel so privileged to get to know you. It’s a great honor,” Renard told the Honors Student Council members and scholarship recipients assembled at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Also in attendance were NJIT President Robert A. Altenkirch, Vice President for Academic and Student Services and ADHC Dean Joel Bloom; and Vice President for University Advancement Charles R. Dees.
In 1993 Renard founded Renard Communications and launched Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology, a workforce and supplier diversity magazine for technical women and minorities. The magazine has since become a highly successful recruitment vehicle for a wide range of high-tech companies that want to reach out to the technical community of women and underrepresented minorities. Celebrating its eighteenth anniversary this year, Diversity/Careers is published eight times a year, including six professional issues and two issues for minority college students. A companion website, www.diversitycareers.com, went live in 1996, bringing the magazine’s content to a worldwide audience. A new Digital Edition, which replicates each page of the print edition, is also now available at this site. Diversity/Careers reaches additional audiences via the social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.
In addition to running her publishing company, Renard is an active philanthropist, contributing to a variety of organizations from educational institutions to global health initiatives. Her company, Renard Communications, Inc., has funded scholarships for minority women in technical majors at New Jersey Institute of Technology, the University of Denver and the University of Chicago/Meadville Lombard.
Begun as a pilot program in 1985 and launched as a college of the university in 1994, the Albert Dorman Honors College today enrolls more than 500 of the nation’s most academically accomplished students with SATs in the top 10 percent nationally and with mathematics proficiency in the top two percent. The college builds on NJIT’s rigorous curriculum, offering enriched coursework and seminars, as well as real-world projects with outstanding faculty researchers and industry leaders. Honors scholars are encouraged to design their own educational experiences, drawing from the university’s rich resources in science and technology specialties. Many pursue dual degrees and minors to meet their career goals and interests.