Multicultural Student Initiatives


Roger Williams University's Multicultural Student Initiatives (MSI) aims to foster a community of equitable access and success for marginalized students. Student access, success and equity are at the forefront of MSI programmming. Our student-centered programs and services are rooted in challenging and supporting students to and through college.


Multicultural Student Initiatives provides support, guidance, and advising to students. In addition to working with students, Multicultural Student Initiatives collaborates with multiple departments across campus and offers a host of programs.

SOAR (Strive Overcome Achieve Rise) is a support program for first year students who are the first in their families to go to college. SOAR helps students navigate their first year at Roger Williams University and empowers students with the knowledge and tools they will need to succeed!

Attending college will be more than going to class and getting involved. College is also filled with questions about financial aid, academic standing, and career preparation. SOAR is an introduction to those experiences.

SOAR students will have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty mentors who serve as partners to help first year students navigate their first academic year at RWU and will advocate for your success. With SOAR, you will become a member of a large  community of students who will support and learn from each other. The ultimate goal of SOAR is to help students understand the resources and opportunities available and to begin to take the initiative to make their RWU experience their own.

students and staff standing outside in a group with SOAR t-shirts on.

Student can accrue points by participating in events, meetings and activities during the course of the semester. Students who accrue a total of 200 SOAR points by the end of the semester, will have a $500 tuition award applied to the following semester bill. For students who earn 200 points in the fall semester, the award will be applied in the spring semester. For students who earn 200 points in the spring semester, the credit will be applied to the following fall semester. The credit cannot be applied to summer courses.


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