Themed and Living Learning Communities

Black Diasporic Themed Community

The Black Diasporic Themed Community is a multi-year living community at RWU. This community is designed to help you get the most out of your years at RWU by strengthening the connection between the classroom and the residence hall, and helping you in the transition from high school to and through college. As a member of the Black Diasporic Themed Community, you will have the support and encouragement you need to make the most of your college experience.

image of 5 students sitting in a row, holding a newspaper with a picture of Martin Luther King Jr. for a Black History Month performance.

Live in a multi-year, multiethnic/diasporic residential community of students who connect around the shared identity and experiences of being racially Black. This community excelled academically last year and has started having a campus wide impact. The Black Diasporic Themed Community is dedicated to the empowerment of Black students at Roger Williams University. Students thrive through community engagement, professional development, social and emotional support, off-campus networking, and connecting with local Black community members.

As a member of this supportive living learning community, you will live with Black students with a variety of diasporic identities including African American, Caribbean, Latinx, Multiracial and continental Africa. Together, you will empower and strengthen your academic, social, cultural and emotional wellness at RWU. The Black Diasporic Themed Community is a foundation through mentorship from your peers and also connects you with RWU’s faculty who identify as Black and is designed to give you a sense of belonging to ensure your overall success on campus!

Find your community, learn about yourself and develop as a leader!

 

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How to Join the Black Diasporic Themed Community

As a newly accepted student you will be able to go online through your Roger account and fill out a housing questionnaire regarding your living preferences. A question regarding your interest in Themed Communities will be included, among other general questions concerning your study habits, sleeping habits, music, etc. It is here that you can opt into living in the Black Diasporic Themed Community. For returning students can go through the online housing process and choose Black Diasporic Themed Community in addition to filling out an interest form.

For more information, contact us at diversity@rwu.edu.

P.E.A.C.E Program and Living Learning Community

We stand for Peer Empowerment, Advocacy/Activism, & Community Engagement

The key to a successful first year is finding a community whose values, purpose and interests align. PEACE (which stands for 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.

First-year PEACE students will have the benefit of the experience of student leaders to help them form a community, PEACE Community Ambassadors and the PEACE/Social Justice Living Learning Community RA. They will help you develop your social justice interests – take you to on-campus events, spend time with you in dialogue about relevant topics. Additionally, as members of the PEACE community, students will have opportunities to develop close bonds and friendships with their cohort through small and large group activities and events.

PEACE is invested in ensuring that students have a positive and successful first year by creating opportunities for genuine community connections, self-exploration and discoveries of social justice interests, developing intercultural learning, and fostering social justice leadership skills.

Students who want to join the PEACE program as first-year students will live together, in the same residence hall unit, in a living learning community.  

Students who would like be part of the PEACE Living Learning Community should contact Dr. Laura D’Amore, Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and PEACE Faculty Mentor, for more information: ldamore@rwu.edu.

Queer and Trans Themed Community

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This community serves students who identify anywhere within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, trans, transgender, non-binary, and gender non-confirming communities. This living area is located in Maple Hall for first year students and North Residence Hall for returning students.  In partnership with the Queer and Trans Resource and Advocacy Center (QTRAC), this community allows for our queer and trans communities to build a strong network of support while they adjust to life at Roger. This community also creates a safe space for our queer and trans students to celebrate their shared identities.  Students living in both the first and returning year areas work together and create a peer-mentorship relationship while engaging in the Roger and Rhode Island communities.

For more information, contact us at diversity@rwu.edu.