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.

It's a great day to be a Hawk!

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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.

Join the Parent & Family Association

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.

Already Know How to Sail? Take Advantage of Our Waterfont!

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Already know how to sail and curious how to take advantage of our amazing campus setting and the resources at the Bready Center? Recreational Sailing is just for you! All recreational sailors must successfully pass an on-the-water, check-out test and the swim test prior to being cleared to use the boats. After that, they are free to use the sailboats during Rec. Sailing times and by appointment.

https://www.rwu.edu/life-at-rwu/recreation-fitness/waterfront/recreational-sailing

Contact Coach Amanda Callahan (acallahan@rwu.edu) with questions.

Talking Beyond the Library with Josie Iselin on Sept. 23

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Talking Beyond the Library with Josie Iselin, Artist and Natural Historian

Josie will discuss her new book, The Curious World of Seaweed

Monday, September 23rd from 6:00 – 7:00 PM., University Library, Mary Tefft White Cultural Center

“Who knew seaweed portraiture could probe the deepest mysteries of existence? Josie Iselin’s wonderful new book explores a world just below the surface…which [her] singular photography pops to life. Her text puts seaweed in a historical framework full of surprising stories. The result is an adventure through art, science, and pure pleasure.”

—Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist

https://heydaybooks.com/book/the-curious-world-of-seaweed/

Talking in the Library with Christopher Castellani will be held on Oct. 16

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Talking in the Library with Christopher Castellani will be held on Wednesday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m., in the University Library's Mary Tefft White Cultural Center.

Christopher Castellani 's fourth novel, Leading Men -- for which he received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Guggenheim Foundation -- was published by Viking in February 2019. He is also the author of All This Talk of Love, The Saint of Lost Things, and A Kiss from Maddalena. His collection of essays on point of view in fiction, The Art of Perspective, was published by Graywolf in 2016. Castellani is on the fiction faculty of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. He lives in Boston, where he is artistic director of GrubStreet.