CAMDEN – Anita Hill, a national figure leading the #TimesUp movement against sexual harassment and assault and a vocal advocate for women in STEM and other fields, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws from Rutgers University — Camden during the Rutgers Law School commencement ceremony May 17, the Rutgers University Board of Governors announced.
She also will deliver the keynote address for the Class of 2018 at that ceremony.
“Professor Hill is one of our nation’s most powerful voices in addressing equality and discrimination and has re-emerged as a central figure in the current national discussion regarding sexual harassment,” said Rutgers University — Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon.
“Her career is a living testament to her commitment to the idea of equity in access in myriad ways, particularly regarding the importance of equal rights for women. She is the ideal role model to charge graduating students to take what they learned at Rutgers — Camden and work to improve their communities and world.”
Hill currently serves as a professor of social policy, law and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Brandeis University.
Hill’s 1991 testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings for his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court ignited the national conversation about sexual harassment.
Hill’s professional and civic contributions include chairing the Human Rights Law Committee of the International Bar Association and membership on the Board of Governors of Tufts Medical Center, the board of directors of the National Women’s Law Center and the Boston Area Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.
In 1989, she became the first African American to be tenured at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Rutgers University–Camden will confer the honorary degree to Hill during the ceremony for Rutgers Law School’s Camden location at the BB&T Pavilion on the Camden Waterfront at 9:30 a.m.
For more information, visit camden.rutgers.edu/commencement.