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  • The ERA in the 21st Century: Where Have We Come From, and Where Will We Go?

Roger Williams University located in Bristol, R.I., is a leading independent, coeducational university with programs in the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community- and globally-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. Offering 43 majors and a plethora of co-curricular activities as well as study abroad options, RWU is dedicated to the success of students, commitment to a set of core values, the pursuit of affordable excellence and to providing a relevant, world-class education above all else. In the last decade, the University has achieved unprecedented successes including recognition as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.

Legacy of Roger Williams (1604 - 1684)

Roger Williams, founder of the state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, was the first major figure in colonial America to argue forcefully the need for democracy, religious freedom, and for the understanding of America's native cultures. Roger Williams University has dedicated itself to principles advocated by our namesake: education, freedom and tolerance. Through his scholarship in language, theology and law, Williams' life reflected the value of learning and teaching. The University honors his legacy by modeling a community in which diverse people and diverse ideas are valued, intellectual achievement is celebrated and civic responsibility is expected.