Dr. Rodríguez Rust is a professional sociologist with thirty years of experience teaching about diversity, social relations, and violence, and conducting original survey research on prejudice. She received her doctorate at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor, with subspecialties in social psychology, prejudice and group relations, and research methods including survey methodology and statistical analysis. She taught at the university level for twelve years, receiving tenure at Hamilton College, a 4-year liberal arts college, and continuing appointment at the Geneseo campus of the State University of New York. In 2000, she left higher academia to focus on community-based diversity education and violence prevention.

Dr. Rodríguez Rust has published extensively on the topic of diversity--particularly racial & ethnic prejudice and gender & sexual orientation diversity--for professional, academic, and general audiences.  She is the author of two books & dozens of chapters and articles, editor of an educational guide (ASA) & co-editor of the Agenda for Social Justice 2004 (SSSP). She appeared as an expert on the newsmagazine 20/20, and has been quoted in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek.

She served on the on the New Jersey Special Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention, is active in the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention, and serves on the Board of the Central New Jersey Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). She teaches at Rutgers through the Office of Continuing Education in the School of Social Work, has partnered with the Rutgers Bullying Prevention Institute, and provided workshops for medical, law enforcement, and social service organizations including the NJ Association of School Resource Officers, the NJ Department of Corrections, the NJ Psychiatric Association, Kean University Diversity Council, the NJ State Bar Foundation, the Department of Child Protection and Permanency (formerly, DYFS), The NJ Bias Crime Officers Association (NJBCOA), and the American Association for Affirmative Action. Her professional memberships include the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the NJ Principals' and Supervisors' Association (NJPSA), and the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR). Dr. Rodríguez Rust is also on the Editorial Board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and has served on the Editorial Boards of Social Problems and Gender & Society, and on Institutional Review and Harassment Grievance Boards. She is known internationally for her original survey-based research on gender and sexual orientation. 

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