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, Haffenraffer Muesuem, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-254-3765.
Virgina Albert ’17 is double majoring in psychology and philosophy. She is an Intercultural Leadership Ambassador (ILA) and involved in a variety of activities on campus as an officer of the Multicultural Student Union (MSU), Resident Assistant, and Admissions Ambassador. This year, Virgina began volunteering at the Catholic Social Services Immigration Clinic in Fall River where she works in the Immigration Law, Education & Advocacy Project (ILEAP). This is her Hassenfeld Fellowship site. At ILEAP, Virgina assists the attorneys to put together refugee and asylum cases for low income individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford an immigration attorney or the cost of the paper works. As a social justice activist who had volunteered at other non-profit organizations, Virgina wanted to volunteer at the immigration clinic because she wanted to experience the legal aspect of doing public service work since she aspires to be a lawyer.
Mikayla Barnwell ‘18, from Manchester, CT, transferred to RWU in fall 2016 as a Marine Biology major/Mathematics minor. Through the Hassenfeld Fellowship program, Mikayla is working with Save the Bay as a Volunteer Management intern, planning and facilitating shoreline cleanups, as well as getting her hands wet at the STB’s Newport Aquarium site. “I hope to be able to teach others about the value and importance of leadership and involvement for a great cause, while also learning from those around me and appreciate the diverse perspectives and experiences they have the offer.”
Nick Cmaylo ’17, from Foxboro, MA is majoring in Public Health with a double minor in Anthropology/Sociology and Biology. Nick has become a Hassenfeld Fellow to allow him to continue to work on various projects with the Bristol Health Equity Zone (BHEZ), as major community collaboration involving 20 non-profits and government agencies and funded by the RI Department of Health. BHEZ is a dynamic organization that allows Nick to work on diverse projects, from research on topics such as health restaurant menus and public perception of health indicators to planning and facilitating community health programming. “There is something fantastic about seeing how the things I implemented and the relationships I built take on a tangible form. That is what community service does for me, it gives me a platform to positively affect people’s lives.”
Emma Guillot ‘18 is a third year architecture student from Killingly, CT who is highly involved in the university Honors Program and working towards minors in construction management and sustainability studies. She plans to obtain a Masters of Construction Management degree in order to pursue a future career as a project manager. In the Fall semester of 2016, Emma became an active volunteer at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth, Massachusetts where she works as an assistant therapist and equine handler with participants of all ages and disabilities. This is her Hassenfeld Fellowship site. “The opportunity to be a Hassenfeld Fellow is unlike any other fellow programs and endeavors I have been a part of. Each time I go to work I gain something more valuable than a lesson I could learn in the classroom. The students and my other coworkers at Greenlock have taught me so much about myself and helped to motivate personal dreams. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day design, build, and operate my own therapeutic riding facility in a community that will allow me to make a difference of my own.”
Angelina Ferrari ’17 is a double major in Public Health and Spanish, from Portsmouth, NH. She is also earning a minor in Anthropology/Sociology and a Core Concentration in Biology. Angelina is a Health and Wellness Educator and she has led many leadership positions on campus. She is working with Healthy Communities RI at Providence City Hall, her Hassenfeld Fellowship site. Her first project is to create a map through GIS that identifies transportation routes to ten recreation centers in Providence. Angelina found this opportunity through a forum held at RWU. Angelina is currently applying for jobs and visas in Australia and various locations in South America for after graduation.
Kelsey Rogers ’17, from Billerica,MA, is studying Graphic Design with a minor in Film Studies and a Core Concentration in American Studies. During her sophomore year, she and her friends founded RWU’s chapter of Food Recovery Network, part of a national organization dedicated to diverting good food away from landfills and into the community, making nutritious food accessible for food insecure households while encouraging sustainable practices. This is her Hassenfeld Fellowship site. Currently she is working on several initiatives to engage Rhode Island in food waste issues, including an event associated with the A La Rhody campaign in April. This is a campaign celebrating the role of food in the Rhode Island community. Kelsey is passionate about this project because she believes that everyone has a civic responsibility to help our neighbors. “If we have extra food when our neighbor is food insecure, we are obligated to help each other meet our most basic needs.” Upon graduation, Kelsey hopes to work in the publications industry, but hopes to someday work as a designer in the film industry.
Laura Vincent ’17, from Attleboro, MA is a double major in Psychology and Public Health. Laura is building on her long history of leadership as an RA and graduate of the SOAR program by becoming a Hassenfeld Fellow. Her site is Bradley Hospital, where she is coordinating materials for the Family Resource Center. This work will include collecting existing materials and creating new assets to share with families who are coping with mental health issues. “I will get to make meaningful changes to the family resource room at the hospital in order to make it a more inclusive place for all parents, regardless of the type of health issue their child is going through, where they are from, income level, or language.”