Roger Williams University has historically valued the importance of diverse perspectives in a dynamic learning environment. While elements of diversity are embodied in our core values, Inclusive Excellence has been formalized as an institutional priority with a strategy in place to engage the entire community in promoting diversity awareness. This University initiative has been created to strategically address diversity issues across campus and build a diversity program that touches every aspect of campus life -- from academics, student programming, hiring and training to bias response, purchasing and community outreach.
The President's Council on Inclusive Excellence is a committee comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives that is convened regularly to help guide strategic decisions relating to diversity issues at RWU. The National Coalition Building Institute – an organization dedicated to eradicating racism and discrimination – has also been engaged to provide diversity training to the University community.
At RWU we understand that cultivating a climate of respect and appreciation for the value of the differences that each of us brings to the RWU community, and the community at large, is an ongoing process. Inclusive Excellence will be a continuously evolving effort that will be woven into the fabric of our culture, and the President's Council will ensure that diversity remains a University imperative.