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  • Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant Projects

For the 2015-16 Academic Year, approximately $17,000 in Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant funds was awarded to eight projects:

  • Deborah Johnson, director of diversity at the School of Law, will bring a performance of a play titled “Defamation” to campus. This courtroom drama uses the audience as the jury and challenges participants to confront their perceptions of race, class, gender and religion.
  • Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, the University’s multifaith chaplain, will host the fourth annual GospelFest in 2015, an event that unites community members around a style of music that represents African American diversity, faith/spirituality and tradition.
  • Law student Michelle Ashrafi and the Muslim Law Student Association will present a workshop titled “I Am Change” to support both Muslim and non-Muslim students across campus who are interested in learning more about and becoming greater advocates for matters that affect the Muslim community.
  • RWU student Pelumi Adegawa will create a narrative silhouette art piece that will incorporate the lives of RWU students and community members with the history of Roger Williams University through a visual art display.
  • Kayla Casale, graduate assistant for LGBTQ student affairs, will develop an RWU Safe Zone: Hawk Ally Training Program to increase the visibility of allies and safe spaces on campus for LGBTQ-identifying community members.
  • Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, RWU’s multifaith chaplain, will lead 15 students on a service learning trip to Navajo Nation in Arizona in March 2016 and will provide programming for increased awareness of the history and culture of the Native American experience surrounding Roger Williams University and the local region.
  • Candice de los Reyes, associate director of the Intercultural Center, will offer Unity Day in partnership with the Intercultural Center, Student Programs & Leadership and Academic Affairs. Unity Day provides challenging dialogue, a broad range of perspectives and education around the ways that systems of oppression have an impact on the RWU community and students’ lives beyond campus.
  • Frank Eyetsemitan, professor of psychology, will conduct a study to examine the inclusion of minority students in a predominantly white college campus, using Maslow’s hierarchy as the organizing framework, to assess how minority students’ needs are being addressed and to suggest programs and services for campuses to address the needs of a diverse student population.

For the 2014-15 Academic Year, approximately $18,000 in Inclusive Excellence Mini-Grant funds was awarded to seven projects:

  • Student Recruiter Ryan Hall and Coordinator of Student Support Mary Cooney of the School of Continuing Studies will sponsor a LGBTQQ workshop to increase awareness and to prepare students to be supportive, informed leaders within their chosen fields.
  • Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup, the University’s multifaith chaplain, will host the third annual GOSPELFEST 2014, an event which will seek to unite members of the community around a style of music that represents American diversity, faith/spirituality, and education about this African American tradition.
  • Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup will also organize a service learning, co-curricular learning project on the comparative culture and spirituality of Native Americans, including a service learning trip for 10 – 12 RWU students to Navajo Nation. Also included will be a screening of “We Still Live Here: Âs Nutayuneân,” a story of the cultural revival among the Wampanoag tribe.
  • Student Denisha Vega-Porier will lead an effort to raise the consciousness of the RWU community on micro-aggressions and instilled biases by bringing national speaker Jane Elliot to campus. Ms. Elliott is an internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer who is famous for her brown eyed/blue eye exercise.
  • Candice de los Reyes, Associate Director of the Intercultural Center, will offer Leadership Unity Day, a half-day exploration of issues that can create barriers between students, faculty and staff including racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, heterosexism, ableism, privilege and more.
  • Autumn Quezada-Grant, Assistant Professor of History, will create campus wide programming that stimulates campus discourse, compliments teaching, and showcases ongoing campus involvement with social justice issues.
  • Student Kerlie Merizier along with the Africana Student Coalition (ASC) will bring Leonel Fernandez, former president of the Dominican Republic, for a full day of interactions amongst the RWU community to discuss privilege, inclusivity, and interconnectedness.