Support for Incoming Students

Roger Williams University is a diversifying community that values social justice, equity and inclusion. As a young institution, we are learning, growing and working together to get ever closer to the community that we envision.

Our Vision

Our goal is to create an environment that provides a transformative experience for each student, while affirming the individual and various identities and experiences. We are building a campus and adding programs and support that will help you and your classmates thrive. Please find a sampling of the great things awaiting you as part of the Class Of 2022 at Roger Williams University.

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Students of Color Programming

Families of Color Reception: As part of move-in, we will welcome you and your family to a chance to get to know the employees of color on campus, meet other students, and get your questions answered.  

Men of Color Institute: A day-long institute on August 24th facilitated by external speakers that focuses on the unique needs, opportunities and challenges of being men of color on college campuses today. Students will connect with other men of color and learn tips on how to succeed in college.

Women of Color Dinner: An intimate evening gathering for new women of color during the weeks of welcome on campus to make connections and build community with other women of color across campus including the RWU law school. Did you know that our Law School is a thriving, diverse community of scholars that is almost 30% students of color?

Black LLC: Based on availability and interest, you can sign up to be part of a supportive living learning community of students from a variety of black diaspora identities including African American, Caribbean, Latinx, Multiracial and Continental African in which you will explore black identity, connect with the local black community, ad develop as a leader by participating in service projects that empower black youth.

Students dancing at Zine Launch party
Elfreda Hoff leads a performance of “Afrobeat,” a dance she choreographed that embraces elements of African music and movement at the launch of New and Dangerous Ideas, RWU's new social justice magazine.

Queer and Trans Student Programming

Welcome reception September 5, 3pm to 5pm: The reception, hosted at our new gender and sexuality center, gives students the opportunity to connect with our new LGBTQ coordinator Gabby Porcaro, the leaders and members of our queer and trans student organization (S.A.F.E), and other community members and allies on campus.

Faculty Staff Mentoring Program: Request to be mentored by a faculty or staff member who is a member of the Queer and Trans community. Receive identity and social-emotional support as you navigate your first year on campus.

Queer and Trans LLC: Based on availability and interest, you can sign up to be a part of a living-learning community (LLC) that centers on queer and trans issues. In addition to living with likeminded and supportive peers, you will be registered in a Rogers Seminar that will focus on queer and trans issues.

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Nine of the students who received lavender cords at RWU's first-ever Lavender Graduation.

International Student Programming

Global Scholars Program: This first year experience course for international students will offer assistance and education in academic and social adjustment leading to a better connection with Roger Williams University, your peers, and professors while serving as a basic foundation for building community.

International Ambassadors: You will each receive an International Ambassador (IA) who will mentor you throughout your first year at RWU. They are there to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Social Justice Focus

The PEACE Program: The Peer Empowerment, Advocacy/Activism and Community Engagement (PEACE) program is designed for students interested in issues of social justice in the world and on campus. This community supports and empowers you to build a socially just and equitable community. As a new student, you will be assigned a PEACE Keeper (a social justice peer mentor) who is responsible for assisting you with your college adjustment, navigating campus resources, and providing advocacy, support and guidance on your journey.

PEACE KEEPERS 2018
2017-2018 RWU P.E.A.C.E. Keepers Brianna Messa ’20, Tyler Porter ’20, Meghan Mooney ’20, Rachel Campbell ’20, Phoebe Thaler ’19 and Meg Dela Dingco ’19. Read their story.

For more information, please contact diversity@rwu.edu.