Ways to Get Involved

  

Clubs

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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.  Clubs focusing on service have included Habitat for Humanity, Alternative Spring Break, Food Recovery Network, Helping Hawks, Hawks for St. Jude, Love Your Melon, the Eco-Reps, and many others!  

For a complete list of all official RWU clubs, including those who focus on service, visit RWU's Hawklink page at Hawklink.rwu.edu.

Upcoming Service Opportunities

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RWU matches students, faculty and staff with non-profit organizations who can benefit from our expertise, time, and enthusiasm.  

Opportunities are updated daily and are visible on our Hawklink page at hawklink.rwu.edu/organization/fsl.  

These include one-time experiences and long-term opportunities as well as local, regional, and international opportunities. 

Community Service Work Study

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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.

We post positions on our Hawklink page as we receive them. Please visit our Hawklink page for detailed job descriptions. 

If you are interested in securing a work-study position in a community-service setting, please contact the Feinstein Center at service@rwu.edu, call 401-254-3787 or visit our office in the Farmhouse across from the Dining Commons.  

 

 

 

5th Grade Day

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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 Fellows

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Currently accepting Hassenfeld Fellows applications for the Spring 2020 semester. Click here to apply.
About

What is the Hassenfeld Student Leadership Fellowship Program?

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 at kferrara@rwu.edu or visit the Farmhouse across from the lower commons. 

 

Stempel Corps Fellowship Program

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Stempel Corps Fellowship Program For International Students

The Stempel Corps Fellowship Program for International students 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.

Stempel International Fellows (SIF) are international students who are globally minded and community focused students, each deployed in the University’s backyard in service to community-based non-profit organizations or municipalities. SIFs receive a stipend to support their work in the community. SIFs will share the results of their community-engaged work. They will participate as student leaders and mentors on campus in activities meant to enrich their own skills and those of fellow students. Ultimately, the Stempel International Fellows will form a cohort of like-minded students who not only assist the community, but emerge as future citizens primed for both leadership and community service.

Fellows may propose their own program/project based on their interests or current activities or ask for assistance in finding a placement.

Stempel Fellows will benefit from participation in the program in a variety of ways including:

  • Work within one’s passion, interests, and desired career path.

  • Understand the complexities of community issues as well as the community problem solving process.

  • Explore and develop an appreciation for cultures that are different from their own.

  • Gain hands-on experience that can be highlighted on the student’s resume or graduate school application.

Qualifications for Stempel International Fellows:

  • Be enrolled as a full or part-time student at RWU in any of the following programs: School of Continuing Studies, Law School, graduate programs, or undergraduate programs.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to community service, service-learning and/or civic engagement programs or activities.

  • Work directly with or on behalf of a 501(c) 3 non-profit or government agency in the United States or abroad.

  • Serve in a role or function that is directly related to the student’s academic focus – major or minor.

Application Instructions

  • Download and complete the Stempel International Fellowship Program application form.

  • Attach the following documents:
    • Resume (including educational and work experience)

    • At least one (1) letter of recommendation (up to three)

    • A letter outlining the following:
      • How community engagement activities have impacted you previously

      • What will you contribute to the community? What will you gain?

      • A description of the project you will do as a Stempel International Fellow

Return the completed application package to: KC Ferrara at kferrara@rwu.edu. 

There is no deadline. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Program requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full or part-time student at RWU in any of the following programs: School of Continuing Studies, Law School, graduate programs, or undergraduate programs.
  • Work directly with or on behalf of a 501(c) 3 non-profit or government agency in the United States or abroad.
  • International students must participate in service that is directly related to their major course of study.
  • Fellows may work during academic breaks in the winter, spring and summer with program administrator approval.
  • Accept no additional pay (i.e. payroll, work study, etc.) for this project/program.
  • Participate in day-long orientation/leadership retreat before the start of each semester.
  • Provide summary at end of term detailing service work and outcomes. This may be in any format including written report, photo essay, short film, field journal, etc.
  • Participate in public events celebrating community engaged scholarship such as Community Engagement Celebration and SASH as an exhibitor.