Ways to Get Involved
Several student groups are involved in community service, both locally and globally. For some, service is there primary mission; others blend service into their activities as a way of complementing their area of focus or of becoming more involved in the local community.
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Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Sigma Pi is a professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business in universities; to encourage scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice; to promote closer affiliation between the commercial world and students of commerce, and to further a higher standard of commercial ethics and culture and the civic and commercial welfare of the community.
Delta Sigma Pi was founded in 1907 at New York University: School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance by Harold Valentine Jacobs, Alexander Frank Makay, Alfred Moysello and Henry Albert Tienken. Today, coast to coast, more than 250 chapters and over 200,000 members support the goals and ideals of the Fraternity.
Student Volunteer Association
The "SVA" is a group of students who are committed to service to the community. SVA members participate in approximately 3-5 service events per month. They are dedicated to the University’s core values of service. SVA not only serves the RWU community but the surrounding communities as well.
Future Teachers of America (FTOA)
Our mission statement is to serve the local community, to further the education of RWU's future teachers through professional experiences and to develop camaraderie between the RWU School of Education students (and Faculty.)
Inter-Residence Hall Association
To provide enjoyable, educational experience and act as a resource to foster student leadership within our community.
Marine Science Club
Marine science club is a way to get to know other students who share a common interest. It allows students to go on trips to museums, seal watches, whale watches, etc. just for fun! Finally we hope to share some of our knowledge with the campus community through our programs. So come check us out!
The Newman Club enriches the quality of life on the Roger Williams campus through community service-oriented programs, combined with spiritual, intellectual and social activities. The club creates an environment in which members of the University community may explore their relationship with God and the Christian community through liturgy, scriptural reflection, community action and fun.
Environmental and Animal Rights Club
The Environmental and Animal Rights Club has been consistantly involved in community service activities. The following are service projects that they have completed recently:
They volunteered at the Barrington Land Conservation Trust for their "Winter Wonderland Workout" at Pic-Wil Nature Preserve. They worked together to remove some large debris (tires, pallets, etc) left behind from farming activities. They also trimmed trails, took out invasive plants and picked up litter and tires washed up along side the property.
They also participated in the RWU Beach Clean Up. They got together to pick up trash at the bottom of Old Ferry, separating out the recyclables and the trash. They plan on doing another one soon.
They also volunteered for Adopt A Turkey. They donate money to sponsor a (live) turkey every Thanksgiving at the Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York.
Finally, they participated in Cats on Campus. "We monitor and maintain feeding the cats on campus with the local organization PawsWatch. In the last three years, we have gotten materials donated and houses and feeding stations built for five different areas on campus." The group also provides educational seminars about the cats on campus.
If you are interested in joining these groups please register on Org.sync
Upcoming Service OpportunitiesClick to Open
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Community Service Work StudyClick to Open
Students who receive a federal work-study award may earn their awards in the community at non-profit agencies. This is a great way to make a positive impact on the local community.
Some of the agencies where our students have worked in the past include the Bristol Animal Shelter, Audubon Society of RI, Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence Police Department, Bristol/Warren School District, the Bristol Reads Program, Coggeshall Farm Museum, Linden Place Museum and Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum.
Kristina Renaud '20 is our office contact for students interested in this program.
5th Grade DayClick to Open
Each May RWU welcomes the entire 5th grade group from the Bristol/Warren Regional School District for a special program.
Fifth Grade day is sponsored by Bristol/Warren Regional School District and Roger Williams University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and the Office of Student Programs and Leadership. RWU 5th Grade Day program was established in 2008.
The purpose of the program is to provide fifth graders with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and participate in team building activities. The program stresses the importance of starting early in getting a good education and the academic background necessary to pursue their chosen careers.
Over 100 student volunteers from RWU guide the 5th graders through campus life, including campus tours and discussions on majors, athletics, clubs and organizations on campus.
The 5th grade students arrive on campus and hear opening remarks from the Bristol/Warren Regional School District Superintendent and the President of RWU. Students take a tour of the campus that includes sites meant to inspire and intrigue the 5th grade mind – the robotics lab, marine science touch tanks and Wall Street Trading Room.
Prior to arriving on campus, each 5th grader selects a major. During the day they will sit in small groups with an RWU student who is studying that major. Each 5th grade student is given a resource sheet that lists websites and books to explore now, as well as specific academic skills they should master to pursue the major.
Throughout the course of their day on campus, students listen to a presentation from Student Senate on teamwork and leadership and partake in activities in the gym alongside RWU athletes to learn more about campus life.
The day’s events conclude with a speech from a guest speaker.
Hassenfeld FellowsClick to Open
The Hassenfeld Student Leadership Fellowship Program (HFP) provides opportunities for RWU students who are deeply interested in community engagement to build their skills, increase their personal capacity to affect change, and have more impact on the community. The program is competitive and is open to RWU students from all disciplines and programs.
All HFP projects benefit the local or global community while providing the Fellows with experience in real-world projects that deepen their academic, civic, and human experiences. Selected Fellows will “strengthen society through engaged teaching and learning” by partnering with community-based organizations, locally and globally, to tackle the issues challenging our communities. Fellows will benefit from a structured yearlong program that can transform students into public leaders while addressing persistent community needs in a systemic way. This will be achieved by participation in myriad leadership and capacity building activities as well as direct and indirect service to the community.
Fellows may propose their own program/project based on their interests or current activities or ask for assistance in finding a placement. They also may be nominated by a faculty or staff member who recognizes the student’s commitment and involvement in a community based issue.
HFP participants will benefit from participation in the program in a variety of ways including:
Opportunity to work within one’s passion, interests, and desired career path
Develop leadership, management, and professional skills.
Understand the complexities of community issues as well as the community problem solving process.
Work with a mentor – a professional at RWU or at a community agency – who will contribute to the fellow’s work and growth by providing important feedback and guidance.
Gain hands-on experience that can be highlighted on the student’s resume or graduate school application.
Fellowship project/program examples:
Working on a CPC project team
Coordinating travel and project logistics for FIMRC
Organizing activities for Silent Witness Project through the RWU Women’s Center
Leading Lego Robotics at the Bristol Recreation Center
Facilitating public health research with RWU faculty benefiting Bristol Health Equity Zone
Working with a non-profit to coordinate RWU volunteers regularly
Committing a specified number of hours in service to a non-profit organization or program that benefits a civic purpose.
Qualifications for Fellows:
Experience with community service, service-learning and/or civic engagement programs or activities.
Demonstrated track record of high level of responsibility, proactivity and ability to work in functional partnerships.
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with students, faculty, staff, and community partners.
Comfortable managing multiple tasks.
Strong oral and written communication skills; will feel comfortable talking with students, faculty, staff and alumni, with a focus on communicating the vision for the Center with regularity and ease.
Those with questions about the Hassenfeld Student Leadership Fellowship Program should contact KC Ferrara, Director of the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at email@example.com or 401-254-3765.
Julia is a junior from Newburyport, MA majoring in History. She has been a student archivist with the RWU archives since entering the university in 2014. Julia’s Hassenfeld project partners RWU with Linden Place, Coggeshall Farm, Rogers Free Library, and the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society. She is curating an exhibit that showcases the contributions of early Bristolian women, particularly those who have seemingly been forgotten in favor of more mainstream historical events and figures. “My project will certainly push me out of my comfort zone but I am excited for the challenge and the opportunity to work with community in a field I love.”
Stephanie is a sophomore from Walnut Creek, CA majoring in Business Management. Stephanie’s project will be as an intern at Sojourner House in their Development office. The experience will marry Stephanie’s academic focus on business with her passion for fighting domestic violence and sexual assault. “I feel ready to…create a community that is intolerant of behavior that is harmful to others.”
Will is a sophomore Business Management/Finance double major from Pawcatuck, CT working with the Social Enterprise Greenhouse as a ChangeMaker Fellow. His duties include research, marketing, and holding events that help small businesses start and thrive in RI. “As I help others, I gain a level of understanding that benefits me in similar ways to the people I am helping. I gain insight and a new perspective on people and different situations.”
Christina is a sophomore from Bristol, CT double majoring in Business Management and Marketing and minoring in Global Communications. She holds leadership positions with Delta Sigma Pi, Hall Council, the Financial Management Association, and Lean In. Her Hassenfeld project allows her to leverage her position as treasurer of RWU’s Habitat for Humanity (HFH) chapter to involve more members of our community in work with Habitat locally through the mid-year and spring break service trips. Her experience with HFH “shifted the way I think about my involvement. I want to be surrounded by genuine people helping the community be the best it can be.”
Brittany is a senior honors student from Sommerville, MA double majoring in Spanish and Biology with minors in Sustainability Studies and Latin American/Latino Studies. She is a founding member of Roger for Refugees at RWU, former Community Connections student coordinator and current president of the RWU chapter of the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). Brittany’s Hassenfeld project combines the best of her RWU education and experiences to benefit Sweetum’s Higher Grounds, a non-profit in Providence operated by a female Liberian refugee. “This project is most important to me because it teaches women to have localized ownership of food production, which increases the sense of personal autonomy – which is especially important for a community of women who have experienced such upheaval and little support on how to survive and thrive in this new country.”
Emma is a senior Architecture major, honors student, and our only returning original Hassenfellow. She continues her Hassenfeld project from last semester at the Greenlock Theraputic Riding Stables in Rehoboth, MA. Her work as a therapeutic riding instructor will be part of her capstone Honors project. “My students and co-workers at Greenlock have taught me so much about myself and helped motivate dreams for a future career.” Emma chose to return to the Hassenfeld Fellows program because of the community she has found with like-minded individuals. “Being a part of this group offers an opportunity for reflection on my experience that I would never undertake alone.”
Madison is a sophomore honors student from Mesa, AZ with a double major in Engineering and Applied Mathematics. Madison’s placement is as a research assistant at St. Elizabeth Manor focusing on Alzheimer’s disease. Her work includes a significant number of in-person interviews with individuals and families living with Alzheimer’s disease. “I hope to meet patients, get to know them, their families, their experience, and get a more personal understanding of the treatments I am researching.”
Cory is a senior double major in Biology and Public Health with a minor in Chemistry from Attleboro, MA. Cory entered RWU as a STEM ILA Scholar (STILAS) and has excelled academically, earning a spot in the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society. He is a Head Resident Assistant, math tutor, research assistant, and former Mr. RWU. Cory’s Hassenfeld Fellow placement is at the RI Free Clinic, where he has been a medical assistant since January 2017. Cory says, “This experience has prepared me significantly for positions I wish to seek after graduation. Without…these community service experiences, I would not be nearly as knowledgeable of the social issues that plague our society, or be as motivated as I am to make change in our community.”
Jordan is a junior with a double major in Journalism and Economics with minors in Professional and Public Writing and Mathematics. His is a native Rhode Islander from Portsmouth and his project continues his work with Portsmouth High School’s Unified Basketball program. Jordan works with RI Special Olympics as a communications intern, event volunteer, and team coach. “It was a goal of mine to change my presence in the community, helping others wherever I could in any way that I could. With this program, I would be able to connect RWU and my education with many of my foremost passions and interests. “
Erika is a senior International Relations major with double minors in Marine Biology and French from Manchester, NH. She has been an Orientation Advisor and is currently the Vice President of the Food Recovery Network (FRN). She is deepening her work with FRN through her Hassenfeld fellowship. Her work includes refining systems for food recovery and recording, volunteer recruitment, and expanding the list of partner organizations and beneficiaries of FRN’s work. “My experiences with FRN and other service groups tie together my favorite memories and most impactful experiences at RWU. These opportunities have not only opened my eyes to new ideas and ways of life, but have allowed me to recognize my personal goals and passions.”
Carolyn is a junior Honors student from East Freetown, MA majoring in History and Secondary Education. Carolyn’s project is not finalized but will be in the field of education.
Adrienne is a juniors honor student from Ithaca, NY who is working with the international Scholars at Risk (SAR) organization. She is majoring in Creative Writing and Advocacy/Social & Environmental Responsibility and minoring in Photography. Adrienne’s work as a SAR intern includes creating an active network between New England schools with SAR chapters through research, web development and events. “By choice, community engagement has been an integral component to my education as it immensely gratifying to tangibly help others through service work. Some experiences of personal understanding cannot be achieved through the context of a textbook. Helping people, fostering empathy, and getting real world experience: this is what I believe education should be about.”
CPC HASSENFELD FELLOWS PROFILES
Rachel is a junior Marketing major South Weymouth, MA. She is the Marketing team leader and holds the title Marketing Communications, PR Coordinator. The Marketing Communications and Public Relations team- is in charge of all social media and marketing for the CPC. Currently, she is pursuing a major in Marketing, with a minor in Graphic Design at the Gabelli School of Business. It is the incorporation of both structural and creative means that originally drew Rachel to marketing - she loves the organization and boundaries that business presents while still allowing the individual to add their own distinct flair.
Lindsay is a graduate Architecture student from Syosset, NY. She is the project manager and team leader of the CPC’s Design and Research team, which directly supports community based projects with non-profit organizations in RI and southern Massachusetts. Through her undergraduate years at RWU, she minored in Sustainability Studies and Italian. Lindsay plans to focus her career in finding affordable solutions to sustainable design. “The overwhelming happiness we received from the community partner in this project proved how our work was beneficial to the community and it motived and excited me personally about the field I chose to pursue.”
Alfredo is a senior Architecture major from Mahwah, NJ. He is an Architecture Project Assistant on the Design and Research team. He is currently working with his team on a feasibility study for the Herreshoff Marine Museum. Alfredo is looking forward to learning new skills in the CPC, meet new people, and becoming more involved with work that helps the community.
Jake is a graduate Architecture student from Portsmouth, RI. He is an Architecture Project Manager on the Design and Research team. He is currently working on a feasibility study for the Herreshoff Marine Museum. “These opportunities gave way to conversations about needs of the community and other topics, leading to more in-depth architectural design that would not have come about in a standard studio experience.”
Brittany is a graduate Architecture student from Rehoboth, MA. She is an Architecture Project Manager on the Design and Research team. She continues her work on behalf of Project Café, an afterschool art café in Portsmouth, RI. “I hope to gain a better understanding of other ways to help community members than solely architecture, which also developing my skills as a professional who aims to better her world.”
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