RWU In the Community

At Roger Williams, we think about how we, as an institution, and how our students can apply the unique talents and resources found here to make the world better. As we continue to build the university the world needs now, we strive to strengthen society including through our involvement in the community.

The university offers itself, and the expertise of our faculty and students as resources for the state and region. We interface with the public and its leaders to identify and implement programs that benefit both the university and the larger community. We listen. We exchange ideas. We research. We nurture partnerships. We form strategies. We make a difference.

Our efforts are wide-ranging and impactful. Whether it’s community service, projects to solve local issues, conducting research on housing in the state, advocating for nonpartisan issues, studying abroad, or working closely with a local town, RWU is deeply involved and connected in the Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts community. It is a distinguishing feature that Roger Williams University separates from other higher education institutions.

Community Partnerships Center

The CPC provides project-based assistance to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, government agencies and communities in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Additionally, it provides hands-on opportunities for RWU students.

Feinstein Center For Service Learning & Community Engagement

The Feinstein Center For Service Learning & Community Engagement helps nurture the value of community service in our students. It also helps meet the needs of the community by fostering partnerships, encouraging, and supporting service learning initiatives, and offering resources and opportunities for civic engagement.

Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education

CYCLE partners with communities and school districts looking to build collective power through grassroots leadership, amplifying organizing, advocacy, and relationship building.

HousingWorks RI

As part of Roger Williams University, HousingWorks RI acts as a bridge for the university and the housing community. Additionally, it provides a “think and do” laboratory that faculty, students, and staff can leverage to better all of Rhode Island.

Latino Policy Institute @ RWU

The Latino Policy Institute stimulates public policy discussions and enhances the public’s understanding of the Rhode Island Latino experience. It is housed at RWU's Providence Campus. 

New England Science Public

The New England Science Public leads and promotes science literacy, scientific inquiry, and the public understanding of science. The center has emerged, as a regional multi-institutional academic interest for the presentation, sharing, discussion, and dissemination of research programs in biology.

Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs

The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs supports the implementation of international content and opportunities into programs across the university. The experiences can often be life-changing.

Town of Bristol / RWU Cooperative Committee

The Town of Bristol / RWU Cooperative Committee provides an open venue for discussion and decision-making between Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol, Rhode Island. It serves as a truly symbiotic relationship between both parties.