Community Engagement Celebration

Celebrating innovative collaborations and community-engaged scholarship.

Event Details

Join us to celebrate how RWU and RWU Law are transforming education and changing our communities.

Enjoy an evening of food and drinks, along with learning and celebration, at the Bristol Maritime Center. During an intimate and exclusive opportunity to exchange ideas with students and faculty, you'll learn about dozens of projects led by our students and see the meaningful impact they are having in the community, both in our backyard and around the region.

Roger Williams University's
Community Engagement Celebration

Bristol Maritime Center
127 Thames Street
Bristol, RI 02809

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

RSVP by contacting Laura Kutsaftis at or 401-254-3166.

If you have questions or accommodations are needed, please contact the Office of Special Events at 401-254-3166.

Real-World Projects, Real Impact

The impact of community-engaged projects reaches even further than community service in the traditional sense – they transform communities and they change lives. That's why at Roger Williams University and the School of Law, we are committed to providing experiential learning opportunities to every one of our students.

It's what we call civic scholarship. Every day, our Civic Scholars empower each other and themselves with the confidence that they can get things done. They learn to thrive, adapt and conquer the challenges that await them. By giving our students the opportunity to put their knowledge and skills to work solving real-world problems with community partners, they grow into civic-minded citizens and scholars eager to continue making a meaningful impact on communities well beyond their years at RWU.

A lot of the great work our students are doing in the community is conducted through the Community Partnerships Center, RWU's hub of experiential learning that connects students and faculty with community partners.

Explore the Community Partnerships Center

Civic Scholars at Work in the Community

Examples of Project Exhibits & Community Partners at RWU's 2018 Community Engagement Celebration

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Project ExhibitsCommunity Partners
Bristol Bike PathTown of Bristol
Gloria Gemma – Gidget's Corner ProjectsGloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation
Historic Existing Building Energy Calculator1772 Foundation
R.I. Veterans Accessible
Fishing Pier
Hassenfeld Community Project/Senior Capstone
Urban ReforestationBristol Conservation Commission
Fort Taber – Engineering ProjectCity of New Bedford
Bristol Maritime CenterTown of Bristol
Community Service Work StudyBristol Animal Shelter
Broad Street Corridor – Urban Design AnalysisR.I. Cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls
Oyster Shell RecyclingNature Conservancy of R.I.
R.I. Tenant Stabilization ProjectHousingWorks RI and the RI Center for Justice
Hassenfeld Student FellowsVarious Community Partners
Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community EngagementVarious Community Partners
FSL – Fifth Grade DayBristol Warren Regional School District
FSL – Community ConnectionsVarious Community Partners
RWU Community Partnerships CenterVarious Community Partners
Hassenfeld Faculty Fellowship in Community Engagement Program Various Community Partners
Brittany FulgioneBristol Warren Regional School District
Cory LetendreRI Free Clinic
Stay Break / Food JusticeVarious Community Partners
Roger Williams and His Words (Wampanoag project)Various Community Partners
FIMRC - Foundation for International Medical Relief for ChildrenEl Salvador, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Peru and Ecuador
Gloria Gemma – Gloria Meets MaggieGloria Gemma Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Riverzedge Arts – Personnel Policy Review ProjectRiverzedge Arts
Touisett Point, Warren, RI – Water Supply Distribution SystemBristol County Water Authority
Town of Bristol – Plastic Bag Ban Policy Research and AdvocacyTown of Bristol Conservation Commission
Women’s Fund RI –100th Anniversary of Women's Right to Vote Women's Fund RI
Branding Identity - The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community Ctr.Providence Center
Website - The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Community CenterProvidence Center
Coventry Municipal Yard Waste Composting FacilityTown of Coventry


Hassenfeld Fellows logoRoger Williams University gratefully acknowledges the Hassenfeld Family Initiatives LLC for funding this year’s Community Engagement Celebration. Through this generous gift, we are able to highlight our broad array of community-engaged work and to underscore our unique position as a private university with a public purpose. This event provides high visibility for project participants and outcomes, and aims to inspire other non-profits and municipalities throughout the region to explore collaborations with RWU.

Support Our Civic Scholars

Campaign for Civic ScholarsThe Campaign for Civic Scholars provides vital resources to deploy more RWU students into communities – near and far – for experiential learning opportunities that address real-world problems. Gifts in support of the Campaign help the University to achieve its ambitious goal: to provide every student with a meaningful opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to help solve problems that matter deeply to the communities we serve. The Campaign for Civic Scholars ensures that RWU remains a place where students become community-focused and globally-minded citizens, promoting positive change in their hometowns – and the world!

Support the Campaign for Civic Scholars

Join the Celebration

Please register now to join in the festivities. Kindly RSVP by April 17 by contacting Laura Kutsaftis at or 401-254-3166.