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Who We Are

The Rutgers Residential Care Team serves as a resource for all residentially based students living on any of the five campuses at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. We support students through a variety of creative initiatives, specialized services, outreach, campus partnerships, and housing accommodations. Our unique placement within the department of Residence Life allows us to address concerns specific to living on campus, and the understanding that residential experiences can have a profound impact on students’ academic and personal lives. Our goal is to assist students in navigating challenges that arise while they live on campus, and to support students through a successful residential experience.

The two pillars of our residential care team model consists of: special housing accommodations for students with medical needs and disabilities and student support for students facing a wide variety of challenges. Our special housing accommodation process ensures that our residential students are placed in residence halls that reasonably accommodate their approved physical and emotional needs. Student support works with residential students who are encountering challenges while at Rutgers. We meet with students to assess their needs, connect students to helpful resources, and prepare students to take the next steps they need in order to remain safe and healthy.

Meet Our Team

Justin Kelley

Assistant Director for Student Support

Earning a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Virginia Tech, Justin manages a non-clinical case management model out of residence life, providing support and ensuring the safety of residential students on campus. Justin presents nationally on campus threat assessment, disability accommodations for students, and supporting students in the residential setting. He is a PhD student in the higher education program at Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies and his research focuses on college student mental health.

Meurcie Zignoli

Residential Care Coordinator

As a residential care coordinator for student support, Meurcie has combined her educational background in art therapy with her professional experience in higher education. Meurcie received her master’s degree in art therapy from Marywood University, where she developed a solid foundation in mental health and creative approaches to wellness. Following graduate school, she has held several profession positions in residence life. With her unique skill set, Meurcie is able to assist and support students in many aspects of their lives while they are here at Rutgers.

Kimberly Kosinski

Residential Care Coordinator

Kimberly is responsible for the coordination of special housing accommodations and oversees all service and support animals on campus. Earning a master’s degree in college student affairs from Rutgers University, Kimberly has always had a passion for understanding the needs of students with disabilities. She enjoys sharing this knowledge with fellow professionals so that they too can help meet the needs of this student population. Kimberly values access to education, and advocates on behalf of all students to ensure that they have the opportunity to pursue their education without barriers.

Blazing a Trail: Student Success Story

Behind the Scenes Podcast

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