Rodkin is one of Douglass College’s most visionary alumnae, having spent her career working to better the lives of cancer patients and to ensure that students have educational opportunities that broaden their perspectives and life options. She is vice chair of the Douglass Advisory Board, former chair of the Power of 100 Years Campaign for Douglass Residential College, and a key player in helping Douglass forge a new model for women’s education. With her husband, Gary Rodkin RC’74, she funded the Gary and Barbara Rodkin Academic Success Center for student-athletes, endowed the Rodkin-Weintraub Chair in Engineering, helped launch the Honors College in New Brunswick, and has supported many other important Rutgers causes.