Zaneta Rago, MA
Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities
Zaneta Rago holds an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from New York University. A Jersey Shore native, she graduated in 2010 from the Ramapo College of New Jersey with a BA in History and Women and Gender Studies. While at Ramapo College, she discovered her passion for student affairs while working as a Program Coordinator and Queer Peer Services Coordinator at the campus' Women's Center. She transitioned to NYU immediately after graduating where she served as the Graduate Assistant for the NYU LGBTQ Student Center. While at her two former institutions, Zaneta coordinated and led Safe Zone trainings, peer education initiatives, and general LGBTQ/diversity programming.
Zaneta has a passion for infusing social justice education into her student affairs work. One campus initiative she is particularly proud of helping to coordinate was the NASPA Gold Award-winning NYU Ally Week. While at NYU, she held the positions of Social Justice and Community Service chair for the Association of Student Affairs Professionals, Production Editor for the Journal of Student Affairs at NYU (2012), and Graduate Student Intern at the Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. She has presented at national conferences on topics including NYU Ally Week, internalized oppression and intragroup marginalization, and sexual health education in the LGBTQ community. In the summer of 2011, Zaneta studied abroad in South Africa, where she conducted an ethnographic study and created a short documentary on the experiences of LGBTQ South African youth.
Zaneta has a particular interest in facilitating conversations around the intersectionality of multiple identities and oppression, the prison industrial complex/transformative justice models, feminism, anti-racism, LGBTQ representations in the media, and multiracial experiences in a "check one box" world. Zaneta is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to join the Rutgers community, and is very much looking forward to continuing her passion for social justice education in student affairs!