The Giving Effect

You Make It Possible!

Every day, our students embody the mission of Civic Scholars – students who apply their skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the community. With help from donors like you, Roger Williams University and RWU Law bring students out of the classroom for hands-on learning in the real world, preparing our graduates to have the experiences employers need now and instilling in them a dedication for giving back to the community. Read about how we educate students beyond the classroom.

A Living Laboratory

Thanks to the generosity of so many, you’re making SECCM Labs a living laboratory where our students apply theory to practice. Named in honor of a longtime RWU Board of Trustees Chairman, Richard L. Bready, the SECCM Labs has become an immersive teaching experience, with Shawmut Design & Construction bringing students behind the scenes to learn the construction process. A recent gift from FM Global will outfit an innovative fluid mechanics lab, equipped for professional engineering research.

Student prepares to ask a question at a political debate.

This isn’t Politics as Usual

Donors like you invest in opportunities to provide hands-on lessons. Gifts like the McGraw Family Foundation’s contribution outfitted a state-of-the-art multimedia journalism lab, enabling our faculty to use the midterm elections as a launching point for professional training and deeper civic engagement.

Michaela Bland

A Passion for Public-Interest Law

With help from our donors, RWU and RWU Law grow generations of students passionate about using their skills and knowledge to make a meaningful impact on society. Just like Michaela Bland 3L, who was honored with a Skadden Fellowship for her work with Rhode Island Center for Justice to find legal solutions to the nation’s “school-to-prison pipeline” issue.

Carolyn Westgate speaks to students in England via Skype.

Bridging Learning Overseas

As part of a three-year initiative through a generous gift from Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC, a group of dedicated students dive deeper into community-engaged work while building practical skills and leadership experiences. Through a unique transatlantic teaching experience, Hassenfeld Fellow Carolyn Westgate practices real-world teaching methods while bringing history lessons to life for an elementary school in England.

Hawks’ New Ride

Our outstanding alumni give back in many ways to show their RWU love. One of those ways transformed a basic bus into a rolling billboard announcing when the RWU Hawks swoop into town. Fisher Bus Inc. and Ryan Fisher ’08 donated a bus wrap emblazoned with the redesigned Hawks logo and color scheme for the Athletics transport vehicle. Watch this video of the new fierce Hawks bus arriving on campus.

Give to the University that Gives Back to the Community!

Your gifts ripple throughout the RWU community and out into the local and global communities. You know the importance of experiential education and civic-engaged learning in developing exceptional scholars who know the value of giving back to the community. Thanks to our generous donors and volunteers, RWU and RWU Law create Civic Scholars through programs and projects that empower students to tackle the challenges communities are facing, while developing hands-on skills through a rigorous academic component.

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Thank you for supporting our students!

Your generous gifts make all the difference.

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