The Giving Effect

Celebrate with us!

With so much to be thankful for this year, we want to take a moment to celebrate our accomplishments with you and to thank you for getting us here. This fall, RWU and the School of Law welcomed our new leader, President Ioannis Miaoulis; commenced a year-long celebration marking 50 years of our Bristol campus; and strengthened our commitment to creating Civic Scholars; we also are looking forward to the opening of a new experiential learning hub for the School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management at the start of next year. Read about how your generosity drives our mission.

Lifelong Civic Scholars

Every day, our students embody the mission of Civic Scholars, applying the power of their skills and knowledge to addressing needs in our communities. Thanks to your generosity, RWU develops Civic Scholars through initiatives like the RISE Scholars program and inspires our alumni to continue giving back to the community beyond their years at Roger Williams. And to advance an even deeper engagement with community work, the university has named Allen Hance in the new role of Associate Provost for Community Engaged Learning.

Middle Schoolers Experience a Day in the Life of an RWU Dance/Performance Major

Launch of the RISE Scholars Program

RWU Architect Travels Around the World and Uses Design to Protect Gorillas

Allen Hance to Join RWU as Associate Provost for Community Engaged Learning

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Strengthening R.I.’s Judiciary

Demonstrating the dedication to serving the public instilled by RWU Law, three law school alumni were sworn into Rhode Island judgeships this year. Not only will they lend expertise to their courts, the RWU Law graduates are African-American and will add much-needed diversity to the state’s judiciary, helping to shape a bench and bar that reflects the entire R.I. community.

Video: In Judge Keith Cardoza Jr.’s Workers Compensation courtroom, he shows people ‘what could be’

Video: District Judge Melissa DuBose on the senseless crime that rocked her community and drove her to law school

image of RWU's 11th president Ioannis Miaoulis

Introducing President Miaoulis

With a distinguished career in STEM outreach and higher education, Ioannis Miaoulis – who recently received a Good Guy Award for his work to increase women in leadership roles – became RWU’s 11th president this fall. As one of his first priorities, he’s collaborating with faculty and staff across the university to undertake a long-term strategic planning process that will provide a vision and roadmap for RWU’s future, alongside an already underway campus master planning initiative.

RWU Begins the Next Chapter with President Miaoulis

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Celebrating 50 Years in Bristol

This year, we celebrate an important date in our history – the 50-year anniversary of the opening of the Bristol campus. With your support, RWU has grown to become the university the world needs now. Join us in reflecting on where we’ve been and where we are going during our year-long celebration honoring our half century in Bristol.

50 Years in Photos

Timeline of Historic Moments

Video Stories: Hear from Faculty and Alumni

image of new and nearly complete SECCM Labs building

SECCM Labs Set to Open

Thanks to your support for the SECCM Labs, our students will begin taking courses in the new facility this January. Equipped with cutting-edge tools of the trades, the applied learning building will deliver the latest engineering, computing and construction management technology right on campus. Get an inside look at SECCM Labs before students move in – and save the date for our official dedication on April 24.

SECCM Labs Will Open for the Spring Semester

Outgoing VP and incoming VP of Advancement

New VP of Advancement Joins RWU

After serving RWU since 2010, Lisa Raiola will step down from her role as Vice President of Institutional Advancement to pursue other interests. Amy Berkeley, a successful advancement professional who most recently worked as Senior Director of Leadership Gifts and Planned Giving at the Boston Museum of Science, has accepted the position of RWU’s VP of Advancement. Please join us in thanking VP Raiola (left) for her dedicated service and welcoming VP Berkeley (right) to Roger Williams.


Help Us Reach Our Goal

Civic ScholarsPlease consider making a gift to the RWU Civic Scholars  before December 31, 2019. Your gift will enable students to participate in experiential, community-engaged projects that benefit society and help them develop the skills that today’s employers demand. If you renew or donate at any amount prior to 12.31.19, your gift will become part of a collective challenge match to new donors during RWU’s Day of Giving on April 23, 2020.

Share your reason for supporting RWU on social media with the hashtag #ILoveRWU and you’ll be entered to win a pair of our 2019 Hawk Socks!

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Mark Your Calendar

Join RWU for a week-long celebration in April.

  • Wednesday, April 22: Community Engagement Celebration
  • Thursday, April 23: RWU Day of Giving
  • Friday, April 24: Dedication of SECCM Labs building
  • Friday, April 24: Inauguration of President Ioannis Miaoulis


Thank you for supporting our students!

Your generous gifts make all the difference.

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