The Giving Effect

Spring 2018

Students advocate for policy change to state legislators.
Students apply their hands-on lessons in food insecurity issues to make an advocacy pitch to state legislators.

You support civic scholarship!

With your help, we’re empowering students to challenge themselves and help communities around the region and the globe. They are Civic Scholars and here are some of their stories.
Civic Scholars

A Meaningful Spring Break

Because of you, many students can choose to take an Alternative Spring Break to have a richer, more rewarding experience serving communities locally and globally. This year, undergraduates dove deeply into the issue of food insecurity while RWU Law students went to Puerto Rico to assist residents of the hurricane-ravaged island.

Stay Break I: A Real-World Dive into R.I.’s Food Insecurity Issues
Stay Break II: Advocating for the State’s Food Insecure Residents
Spring Break in Puerto Rico – Helping Hurricane Victims

Hassenfeld Fellow Cory Letendre

Hassenfeld Fellows Triples in Size

In just one year, the Hassenfeld Student Leadership Fellowship program has more than tripled in participation, with 20 undergraduates and four graduate students taking on work that gives our Civic Scholars real-world experience while helping the community. Hear about how two students – Cory Letendre’ 18 (pictured here) and Adrienne Wooster ’19 – are using this opportunity to make a difference.

Legal Help for Tenants Facing Eviction

Legal Help for Tenants Facing Eviction

With research showing that more than 90% of low-income tenants facing eviction nationwide are unrepresented during court proceedings, RWU Law students will be partnering with HousingWorks R.I. and the R.I. Center for Justice at RWU to address this critical problem.

Read about the RI Tenant Stabilization Project
Isabel Clark - Newman Civic Fellow

A Pipeline of Newman Civic Fellows

Through your vital support, RWU students are being recognized for their meaningful work within the community. In recently being named a Newman Civic Fellow, Isabel Clark credits her projects through the Community Partnerships Center with “instilling a deep passion for community-engaged work” and recognizing the positive impact it has on communities.

Isabel is engineering solutions
Students working inside the Center for Advanced Financial Education.

Next-Generation Financial Analysts

Thanks to a generous grant from the E. L. Wiegand Foundation, RWU constructed a new space, the E. L. Wiegand Center for Advanced Financial Education  (CAFE). This gift greatly expanded and upgraded the CAFE, a program where students train as financial analysts working with the latest technology while managing two real-dollar portfolios.

Read about the dedication of the E. L. Wiegand Center for Advanced Financial Education.

Campaign for Civic Scholars

Day Of Giving April 26 Save The Date

Help Us Reach Our Goal!

On Thursday, April 26, you can support our students’ work by making a generous donation on our Day of Giving! We hope you will save the date and participate in RWU’s most important philanthropic day of the year. Through the work of our Civic Scholars, Roger Williams University is on a mission to give back. We think that is a goal worthy of support. Please consider an early gift that will count toward the Day of Giving.

Please Make a Gift in Advance

Thank you for supporting our students!

We are honored to acknowledge the impact that our many donors and volunteers have on the lives of RWU and RWU Law students and graduates and, in turn, on the communities they serve.

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


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