In a growing pluralistic society, university campuses have an opportunity to serve as learning laboratories of the larger community. With this premise in mind, the IC reaches out to underrepresented students to assist in their transition to the RWU community and to ensure they take advantage of opportunities afforded to them.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs was established in 1994. In the Summer of 2004, Roger Williams University expanded the role of this office to include international student and scholar services. International and Multicultural Student Affairs (IMSA) at Roger Williams University has become a truly a multi-faceted department.
The primary functions of IMSA are to create safe spaces and to act as a forum for the critical discussion regarding diversity and multiculturalism in higher education in particular, and in the larger society in general.
Led by several campus initiatives and university-wide support, IMSA worked to establish several traditional campus-wide events ranging from interfaith services and diversity education for student leaders to supporting individuals and groups of students.
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 multicultural students while promoting academic and personal development. The IC also works to support campus mechanisms that proactively seek to critically examine issues of diversity, racism and societal pluralism.
Roger Williams University is part of a network of colleges and universities who participate in the Campus Conversations on Race (CCOR) program. CCOR is an instrument for advancing cross racial understanding among students. The program trains faculty and staff who in turn train student volunteers in the use of critical group facilitation skills. The trainers also serve as advisers to the student co-facilitators. Over five, student-led sessions, students build a community and discuss race and race prejudice in an open and honest way, with the last session focusing on action. CCOR sessions happen each fall semester. If you are a student interested in participating in the discussions or becoming a facilitator, contact Candice for more information at email@example.com.