Civic Scholars

Support experiential learning that impacts communities near and far

At Roger Williams University, we understand that an education today needs to be experiential, linking theory with practice. The University is continually investing in innovative programs, both academic and co-curricular, to provide transformational educational experiences to students that prepare them to fulfill their potential as lifelong learners, professionals and citizens. We refer to our wide range of project-based learning opportunities and community-engaged work as civic scholarship, and we are doubling down on our long-standing commitment to focus our students' energies on the articulated needs of communities that are wrestling with real-world problems such as economic development, sustainability and social justice.

Through the Campaign for Civic Scholars our goal is to guarantee that every qualified undergraduate is able to complete at least one experiential education project during their time at Roger Williams University. We are asking for donor support to build our capacity to deliver and sustain programs at a new, increased level of investment to deploy more RWU students into communities - near and far - for experiential learning opportunities that address real world problems.

Launched in April 2015, the Campaign for Civic Scholars has raised $1.6 million towards its three-year goal of $3.3 million. The powerful message behind the Campaign inspired donors - including Trustees, parents, alumni, and friends of the University - to contribute half a million dollars to provide current use resources that support our vital, community-engaged work.

In addition, the Hassenfeld Family Initiatives Foundation contributed $500,000 to support faculty development, underwrite the work of Student and Faculty Fellows, and fund interdisciplinary projects in the local community.

Finally, the Feinstein Foundation has committed $500,000 to support local students from more than 163 Feinstein Junior Scholars schools to attend RWU and participate in service learning projects in their former elementary and middle schools.

Learn more about the Community Partnership Center, the hub of RWU's experiential learning opportunities for students.

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Civic Scholars Videos

Civic Scholars - Emma from Roger Williams University on YouTube.

Emma '17 talks about her experiences educating residents of the Dominican Republic and Haiti on different medical issues affecting the regions.

Civic Scholars - Paul from Roger Williams University on YouTube.

Paul '17 talks about his experiences producing multi-media content for the Herreshoff Marine Museum in Bristol, Rhode Island.

Civic Scholars - Sarah from Roger Williams University on YouTube.

Sarah '17 talks about her experiences compiling research on fair treatment and elder abuse of LGBT seniors. Her project's findings were presented at an honors conference the following year.

Lilly Naqvi on Service Learning from RWU Journalism on Vimeo.

Lilly Naqvi '14 talks about her experiences working in Jamaica, educating people on mental health.

RWU Community Partnerships Center from RWU CPC on YouTube.

A snapshot of the projects taken on by RWU's Community Partnerships Center (CPC), featuring interviews with CPC Director, Arnold Robinson.

RWU Students Fight for Justice from Nickolas Palermo '15 on YouTube.

A documentary by Nickolas Palermo '15 on the impact that RWU students are having in communities around the world.