Snapshot of 2017-2018 Diversity Activities By Division

During the 2017-2018 academic year, Roger Williams University students, faculty and staff committed themselves in strengthening diversity and inclusion within the university community. Below is just an example of what we have achieved this year.

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2017-2018 Academic Year Achievements


  • Statements on DACA, Trans in the Military, Travel Ban, “All in on Diversity” (Providence Business News article)
  • National voice/advocate for college access and the success of minoritized students
  • Hiring of Chief Diversity Officer
  • President’s Distinguished Speaker Series: “Talking about Race, Gender and Power”
  • Fireside Chats


  • “Thriving RWU 2030: A Summit on Diversity and Inclusion”
  • Intercultural U participation
    • 18 hour immersion in diversity and inclusion content

Academic Affairs

  • Faculty search conversations
  • Common Reading: “Talking about Race, Gender and Power”
  • 1st year orientation: New and Dangerous Ideas
  • Team members on task forces
  • Team members on Race, Gender and Power committee
  • Data analytics
  • Diversity and Inclusion as Student Academic Showcase and Honors keynote
  • Briss Exhibit and Memorial Lecture
  • Social justice month
  • Council of Independent Colleges Diversity, Civility and the Liberal Arts grant received

School of Law

  • Champions for Justice
  • Urban Debate League championships
  • Diversity symposium
  • MLK week
  • Stonewall lecture
  • Thurgood Marshall event
  • Team members on task forces

Finance and Administration

  • Outreach to increase diversity of pools
  • Flexible workplace pilot
  • Diversity and inclusion in performance review
  • Diversity and inclusion in employee orientation
  • Team members on task forces
  • Affirmative action plan update/revision

Student Life

  • Gender and Sexuality Center opening
  • White privilege work with RAs
  • 1st Year Weeks of Welcome: Building community
  • Bias Response Process launched
  • Task force leadership
  • Team members on Race, Gender and Power committee
  • Fireside Chats
  • New and Dangerous Ideas digital magazine launched
  • Lavender graduation for LGBTQ+ students
  • PEACE Program


  • Scholarship for students of color
  • “Thriving RWU 2030” Summit design
  • Task force membership
  • Diversity based mailing for annual fund
  • Secured gifts to support Title IX efforts and speakers on Women in the Workplace

Enrollment Management

  • Begun partnering with the School of Continuing Studies to begin to create a unified recruitment outreach strategies/ school partnerships in region
  • Revised and expanded merit/scholarship aid strategies for applicants
  • Established the inaugural Admission Student Diversity Board
  • Increased diverse outreach and partnerships including sponsoring diverse group visits to campus, partnering on summer college access programs, partnering with the Indian council, overnights for students of color, increased international travel and signed agreements with international agencies
  • Task force membership
  • Engaged in culturally responsive practices
    • Outreach to prospective studnents including LGBTQ letter from LGBTQ coordinator and letter from CDO  informing students of supports for them
    • Added “preferred gender” and “preferred name” to the SCS forms and graduate applications and race and ethnicity data
    • Hired a bilingual admission counselor who serves as a resource for any prospective families in need of Spanish language translation
    • Recorded and are offering a Spanish language version of our online virtual campus tour
    • Created a diversity graduate assistant position for the CDO office and hired a Latinx person.

Community Relations

  • Identification of, and outreach to, external stakeholders for Summit

Office of General Counsel

  • Team members on task forces
  • Discrimination complaints

Public Relations

  • Communication of internal and external diversity related events including Summit and presidential statements.

Chief Diversity Officer

  • “Thriving RWU 2030” Summit leadership
  • Race, Gender and Power committee and event leadership
  • Affinity groups
  • Intercultural U facilitation

School of Continuing Studies

  • Innovative strategies to create access and success for a variety of underrepresented and underserved populations
  • Creating structures to ensure there are representative voices at the table
  • Race, Gender and Power committee membership
  • Task force leadership
  • Identification of external stakeholders for Summit

Upcoming Initiatives


  • Support infrastructure for queer and trans students, students of color and students identified as needing additional support
    • Affinity initiatives
    • Mentoring programs


  • Affinity group driven mentoring programs
  • Recognition for women
  • Professional development for women


  • Process to facilitate hearing, healing and the start of reconciliation
  • Ombudsperson