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

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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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2018 Turkey Basket Drive and Contest

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Turkey Basket donations include non-perishable food items and a grocery store gift card used to purchase a turkey. Donations are distributed to the community through the East Bay Food Pantry, located right here in Bristol. 

In 2017, we received 2,648 pounds of food (a 36% increase from our 2016 drive) and $1,633 in cash and grocery gift cards. This year, we are hoping to increase our numbers yet again, but need your help to do so!

Additionally, to help get you all in the competitive spirit, these baskets are often designed and decorated by different departments or groups on campus, and then judged for quantity of food, creativity in design, and honorable mention. The winners of these categories will receive a restaurant GIFT CARD of $75 to fund your holiday celebrations.   

Baskets are due by 3:15pm and judging will occur on Monday, November 12 at 3:30PM in the GHH atrium. In order to participate, please fill out the survey by clicking this link. 

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We hope you will join us in this RWU tradition!

Grant Writing Workshop for Faculty & Administrators on Oct. 31

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Interested in applying for federal, state, or foundation grants but don’t know where to start? Have a great research or program idea and want to explore how to write a grant for external funding?

Join us for a Grant Writing Workshop for faculty and administrators presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs on Wednesday, October 31 from 10:30 am – 12:00 noon in SE 115.

Workshop topics include: how to find grant opportunities; tips for improving your chances for funding; elements of a strong proposal; developing a budget; grant policies and procedures at RWU and next steps after receiving an award notification. Participants will receive a binder that includes sample proposals, grant writing tips, resources for identifying grant opportunities, and RWU guidelines.

Still have questions? We are happy to schedule follow-up consultations on specific topics such as proposal development, budget preparation, or how to use search engines to find grant opportunities. To register for the workshop or for further information, contact Joyce Botelho at or via phone at ext. 3552.