Parents & Families

Welcome to the Roger Williams University Family!

The Office of Student & Family Assistance focuses on developing lasting relationships that begin at acceptance and extend throughout your college experience. We are dedicated to supporting the overall academic success and well-being of our students.

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A Guide for Students and Families

Renee Vachon Danho, RWU’s first-ever director of student and family assistance, helps empower students with the confidence to succeed as independent adult learners. Additionally, students and families in distress can seek the information they need to effectively navigate crisis situations, including medical leave of absence. Renee can be reached at 401-254-3009 or rdanho@rwu.edu.

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Current Families

Get the information you need to best support your current RWU student whether they are in their first year or their last.

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Prospective Families

Get useful information on RWU admission requirements, programs, majors, and other information to help your student decide on RWU. Also learn about visiting campus, parking on campus, and taking full advantage of your visit to our community.

New Student Parent & Family Information Form

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Student & Family Events

Orientation, Convocation, Commencement, Homecoming, and Family Weekend are wonderful times when families can get better acquainted with the Roger Williams campus and Bristol community.

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Parent & Family Association

The Parent & Family Association invites parents to serve as ambassadors for RWU in the following areas: Admission, Advancement, Career Services, and Student Life.

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Faculty and Staff: How to Add an Event to the University Events Calendar

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As of April 8, the University Events Calendar has been merged with the calendar from the university's 25Live room reservation system. Now, when you reserve a space for an event on campus, it will be added to the University Events Calendar. You'll no longer have to submit the same information in two separate systems.

When reserving a space through 25Live, please write a clear event title so that anyone viewing your event on the calendar will easily understand what it is. We also ask that you add an event description, including any necessary information about cost, registration and whether it is open to students, faculty, staff or the general public. If your submission does not have a clear event title or it is lacking an event description, we may ask for more information before approving your event.

If you have any questions about how to use 25Live, please contact Deb Burgo at dburgo@rwu.edu.

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Jewher Ilham is the daughter of Uyghur scholar, Ilham Tohti, an internationally noted moderate voice who was dedicated to bridging the gap between the Uyghur people and the Han Chinese. Jewher arrived in the United States in 2013, following the detention of her father at the Beijing airport, as both prepared to travel to Indiana University for Professor Tohti’s fellowship. It was the last time she’d see her father.

At eighteen years old, with little English and no plan, and unable to return safely to China, Jewher found herself having to start a new life in Bloomington, Indiana. Meanwhile her father’s situation worsened. In September of 2014, he was given an unprecedented life sentence based on the writings on his website, Uyghur Online, that promoted peaceful co-existence between the Uyghur people and Han Chinese. His conviction and sentence swiftly were condemned by the then-Obama White House and leaders throughout Europe and the EU.

During the period between her father’s arrest and sentencing, Jewher enrolled as a student in Indiana. As an advocate for her father, she testified before the U.S. Congressional-Executive Committee on China, wrote op-eds in the New York Times, met with a number of government officials including Secretary of State John Kerry, and received numerous awards worldwide on behalf of her father. In 2015, she recounted her experiences in the book, Jewher Ilham: A Uyghur’s Fight to Free Her Father (University of New Orleans Press), and in July 2019, she spoke at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Studies, hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Jewher recently graduated with a degree in Political Science, Arabic, and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University, and currently is assisting on a documentary film about Uyghurs, while continuing her advocacy work on behalf of her father and all Uyghurs.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the University Library's Mary Tefft White Cultural Center. It is free and open to the public.