At Roger Williams University, we embrace all cultures and backgrounds and further a civil discourse across global perspectives. The Intercultural Center lives that vision by providing a student-centered space with the motto “Welcoming people of all nationalities, faiths and personal identities.” Distinct from universities that organize their offices around separate social identities, the Intercultural Center provides a common space that houses staff with expertise in multicultural, international and LGBT student affairs. The Intercultural Center also houses the Spiritual Life Office with the University Multifaith Chaplain and several affiliated chaplains. Together this group offers interfaith activities to help students receive spiritual support and gain religious literacy.
The mission of the Intercultural Center is to develop world citizens capable of critical thinking, compassion and respect for differences.
Intercultural Center In Maple
The Intercultural Center (IC) in Maple serves as a hub of operations. Containing a kitchen, lounge, classroom, computer resources, prayer room and professional staff, the IC is utilized by members of our community as a place to host informal socials, educational programs and cultural events, as well as group meetings. The IC is accessible by all members of the University community and is open 101 hours per week. We encourage all members of the RWU community to take advantage of our resources and join us in raising the level of discourse around issues of diversity, racism and societal pluralism.
International Student Services
International Student Services (ISS) works in concert with Student Affairs, Enrollment Management & Retention and academic departments on campus to support the successful matriculation and graduation of international undergraduate and graduate students. From immigration assistance to interpersonal help, ISS works to inform international students of their responsibilities as well as introduce them to cultural opportunities both on and off-campus. In addition, programs are designed to foster a higher level of interest and understanding of various cultures and backgrounds on campus.
Intercultural Student Services
In an ever-changing society, university campuses have an opportunity to serve as global learning laboratories. With this premise in mind, the IC reaches out to traditionally underrepresented students to assist them in their transition to the RWU community as well as encourage them to take advantage of available opportunities. Through traditional programming (Latino Heritage Month, Black History Month, etc.) and personal intervention, the IC works to create an environment that responds to the needs of students while promoting academic and personal development. The IC also works to support campus mechanisms that proactively seek to critically examine issues of personal identity, diversity and inclusion.