Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Student Access, Success and Equity

During this challenging time in our local and national communities, we want you to know we see you, we care for you, and we are here for you. Please don't hesitate to contact director of diversity, equity & inclusion, Zoila Quezada at zquezada@rwu.edu.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Student Access, Success and Equity

Roger Williams University is an open, accepting and affirming community of citizen scholars. We stand firmly committed to creating a campus that is diverse and inclusive as well as welcoming to and accepting of all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ability, socio-economic class, age or spirituality. We reflect this in our many programs, initiatives, organizations, and clubs throughout the university, ranging from our undergraduate programs to the School of Law.

Who We Are

Roger Williams University has historically valued the importance of diverse perspectives in a dynamic learning environment. The elements of diversity are embodied in our core values and we consistently engage the entire community in promoting diversity awareness.

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Get involved. At RWU, you can connect with students of many different backgrounds from around the country and around the world:

Intercultural Center

image of students dancing at Noche Latina Night hosted by Hispanic and Latina Student Association 2019 The Intercultural Center creates transformative, capacity building experiences for minoritized student populations that leverage high-impact practices to close opportunity gaps and help students find success at - and beyond - college.

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International Student & Scholar Initiatives

image of Flags of Countries Represented at RWUThe Office of International Student & Scholar Services welcomes you to RWU’s international community, which represents over 35 countries. This office works with student services and academic departments across campus to ensure the success of international undergraduate, graduate, and law students as well as visiting scholars.

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Multicultural Student Initiatives

15 student stand together in a group with their yellow and blue SOAR T-shirts smiling at the cameraRWU's Multicultural Student Initiatives aims to foster a campus culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion, and provides a welcoming space for students of various races and ethnicities. Our student-centered programs and services are rooted in challenging and supporting students to be conscious citizens who find unity within our differences.

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Queer and Trans Student Initiatives

Five Roger Williams Students attending the Fall 2017 Queer and Trans Welcome Reception.At RWU, we work with and support students to raise awareness and acceptance of the various communities that make up our larger queer and trans community (for example; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, pansexual, or questioning communities). Through the Intercultural Center and the QTRAC, we offer a direct resource area for all members of the queer and trans communities and their allies.

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P.E.A.C.E Program

image of students on RWU campusPEACE (Peer Empowerment, Activism/Advocacy, and Community Engagement) is a community of students who value equity, diversity, inclusion, intercultural learning, community engagement, and social justice activism. The program seeks to build strong leaders who understand the importance of critical social justice literacy and fluency.

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The Zine

image from the zine launch party for NaDIThe Intercultural Center is proud to showcase the voices, stories and experiences of the RWU student body through our new Zine: New and Dangerous Ideas (NaDI)

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