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NJCU introduces Gonzalez as inaugural chief diversity and inclusion officer (access required)

Angel Gonzalez was selected after an extensive national search that included input from faculty, staff, students and board members. According to the school, he will be a critical addition to New Jersey City University's senior leadership team and will provide transformative leadership to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion as part of its core mission.

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NJBIZ Conversations: Chase Leyner

The founder and owner of Hoboken Children's Theater talks about how she and her staff dealt with the untimely shuttering of the theater, her plans for the next few months and how the arts community in general has been hurt by the pandemic.

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Professor Paramjeet Bagga, developer of the career-oriented Bioinformatics major at Ramapo.

The Ramapo connection (access required)

Four alumni who currently work for Pfizer at its Pearl River, N.Y., facility experienced first-hand the excitement of the company’s announcement last fall that its mRNA vaccine was 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. And not only do the graduates have their college and workplace in common, they also studied under Professor Paramjeet Bagga, a co-founder of the Bioinformatics program at the New Jersey public liberal arts school.

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GAF Roofing Academy students take part in the program in February of 2020. Note: This photo was taken prior to the COVID-19 lockdown. GAF currently requires masks and social distancing in all of its classes.

Peak demand (updated) (access required)

Despite relatively high unemployment, workforce shortages abound in several industries nationwide. In the roofing industry, 90% of contractors have experienced some sort of labor shortage in the last year, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. As the largest roofing manufacturer in North America, Parsippany-based GAF can’t ignore the problem. “If we don’t have labor to install our product, our product will not get installed,” said Brian Cornelius, program director at GAF Roofing Academy.

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