The Giving Effect

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Thankful for you!

No matter how busy our lives are throughout the year, the holiday season brings together family and community to pause and celebrate all the many things for which we are thankful. At Roger Williams University and the School of Law, we are deeply grateful for our community of supporters – alumni, parents, employees and friends – whose contributions help sustain our engaged scholars dedicated to making a meaningful impact in the communities we serve. Your support strengthens the Roger Williams family by providing students with vital opportunities that instill a commitment to community and a passion to continue giving back beyond their years at RWU. Read on about the many ways your generosity builds a stronger RWU family.
Judge Selya and Professor Santoro

Honoring Two RWU Law Institutions

With support from donors like you, we honored two longtime Roger Williams community members – Professor Anthony J. Santoro LHD'16 (pictured right) and the Honorable Bruce M. Selya LHD'02 (pictured left) – and the unparalleled impact they’ve made on RWU Law and the greater community by dedicating classrooms in their honor. Paragons of the legal profession, both men shaped generations of law students and contributed to important social justice issues within the legal field – Tony Santoro as a founding Dean of RWU Law, a President Emeritus of RWU and a beloved professor, and Judge Selya through his service on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, as an RWU Law adjunct faculty member and member of the law school’s board of directors.

Alumnus Bill Geraghty and his wife stand on board RWU's new research vessel.

RWU’s "InVinceble Spirit"

This fall, RWU faculty and students embarked on field science lessons and important research from the best-equipped research vessel in school history. A National Science Foundation program awarded a grant to obtain the new 22-passenger craft, which significantly expands field research capacity. And with a gift from Bill Geraghty ’78 – one of the first graduates of RWU’s marine bio program and an engaged member of the Roger Williams alumni family – the vessel was outfitted for coastal research with cutting-edge sampling, safety and navigation equipment. He named the vessel InVinceble Spirit, in honor of his father Vincent, and to the indomitable love of learning that he sees thriving at his alma mater.

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Students give back during Community Connections Day.

A Commitment to Service

RWU’s commitment to service and the community is being recognized by Washington Monthly’s new College Guide and rankings. In many ways, our students – like junior Kylie Hofhaugh (pictured left) and freshman Kaitlyn Savarese (pictured right), who helped clean the Roger Williams National Memorial during Feinstein Community Connections Day –  give back to the community through civic scholarship that ranges from volunteer service via the Feinstein Center for Service Learning & Community Engagement to hands-on academic projects that address a real community need through the Community Partnerships Center. Thanks to the passion and dedication of our community of Civic Scholars, we’re ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for service and instilling a commitment for giving back to the community.

Thank you for giving to the university that gives back to the community!

Triple the impact of your gift! Each donation made through Dec. 31, 2017, will be matched by two of our Trustees. Please consider giving today.
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