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Exploring the Quest for Refuge in America and Around the Globe

September 16, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – With staggering numbers of displaced people seeking refuge around the world today and the global public discourse trending toward issues of tolerance and identity, Roger Williams University will host events throughout the fall and spring semesters that examine the stories of refugees and the political and cultural impact of the refugee movement on society.

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RWU Announces $500,000 Gift to Establish Hassenfeld Projects

September 6, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – Roger Williams University has received a $500,000 gift from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC to establish the Hassenfeld Projects -- an intensive, three-year initiative to expand and enhance its innovative work in experiential education.

The grant builds on RWU’s growing cadre of experiential programs that prepare students to meet the demands of today’s employers while building skill sets in areas such as economic development, sustainability and social justice.  

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Roger Williams University Recognizes Alumni Achievements at Annual Awards Ceremony

June 15, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – In what has become an annual tradition to celebrate the professional and personal achievements of its alumni, Roger Williams University recognized three graduates whose contributions to society and the University community advance the common good and inspire others to address society’s challenges with insight and creativity.

Students Capture Third Place in Student Advertising Competition

April 19, 2016

BOSTON, M.A. – For a fourth time in recent years, Roger Williams University students continued to build on their success in a competitive student advertising competition with a third-place win this month.

This year, an interdisciplinary team of 22 students – comprised of majors in marketing, graphic design, web development and media communication – competed in the regional round of the 2016 National Student Advertising Competition, earning the top-three finish against nine other colleges and universities from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

In the annual competition, the National Student Advertising Campaign, sponsored by the American Advertising Federation, enlists a corporate sponsor to provide a case study that identifies a real-world problem, as well as associated campaign objectives and a campaign budget. The challenge this year was to generate greater brand engagement for Snapple and appeal to consumers beyond the beverage company’s traditional stronghold in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region.

Rhode Island Storytelling: Quests for Refuge Showcase

This event features a multimedia gallery opening of short works prepared by RWU students working with Rhode Island community members from diverse backgrounds and regions of the world, who have pursued the quest for refuge and come to call Rhode Island home. It will showcase and celebrate the outcomes of this project, and the diverse heritage mosaic that is Rhode Island.
This event is part of the "Quest for Refuge" series at RWU, a yearlong series of events that will examine the stories of refugees and reflect critically on the current state of refugees around the world.
This event is open to the campus community only.

Panel Discussion: “Quest for Refuge” hosted by RWU President Donald Farish

Local community leaders from Cambodia, The Gambia, Liberia and Guatemala will discuss with President Farish how the United States has served historically as a place of refuge. This event is co-sponsored by Roger for Refugees, Africana Student Coalition, International Relations Organization, Multicultural Student Union.
This event is part of the "Quest for Refuge" series at RWU, a yearlong series of events that will examine the stories of refugees and reflect critically on the current state of refugees around the world.

Panel Discussion: "Displaced Minorities in the Middle East"

This panel discussion will explore existential threats to indigenous and minority communities in the Middle East, including some with roots in antiquity. Leading scholars of historic preservation, the rule of law, democratization, and sectarianism will provide an overview of the origins of these threats, and of potential solutions and responses. 

This event is part of the "Quest for Refuge" series at RWU, a yearlong series of events that will examine the stories of refugees and reflect critically on the current state of refugees around the world.

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RWU’s New ‘Rising Tide’ of Educational Opportunity

September 8, 2016

PROVIDENCE – At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday formally opening its new downtown campus, Roger Williams University showcased the school’s growing impact on the city’s social and economic fabric – from helping ex-convicts reintegrate into their communities, to delivering college credits to inner-city high school students, to keeping the lights on for poor families in medical distress.

With the inauguration of the campus at One Empire Street, Roger Williams is expanding its presence in the heart of the state to fulfill its mission of strengthening society through engaged teaching and learning. And in doing so, RWU will build the university the world needs now by opening the doors of opportunity to those who have been historically marginalized and unable to gain access to higher education, according to RWU President Donald J. Farish.

“It’s a new model – a private university with a public purpose,” Farish said. “We’re deliberately focusing on increasing the educational success of people less fortunately positioned in the income spectrum.”

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Study Abroad Fair 2016

Stop by the Study Abroad Fair to receive information on Short Term, Semester and Year Long Programs. You will also have the opportunity to meet the Study Abroad Staff and returning students. Register for great giveaways!

What the %@&*! Happened to Comics?: Graphic Novelist Art Spiegelman to Visit RWU on Sept. 7

August 24, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – From creating controversial New Yorker covers to launching the graphic novel into contention as serious literature, Art Spiegelman does not shy away from drawing attention to society’s most pressing problems through his works. A pioneer in the underground “comix” scene since the 1960s, Spiegelman creates haunting works of graphic art that have brought readers inside the death camps of the Holocaust, to the phantom space where the Twin Towers once stood, and most recently, throughout the abandoned immigration checkpoint at Ellis Island, where etched upon the walls were ghostly reminders of the millions who had passed through to start a new life in America.

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