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As RI Latino Labor Force Grows, More Education and Training is Needed to Help Workers Compete in Local Workforce

February 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The number of Latino workers in Rhode Island is expected to more than double by 2040, according to the infographic, “State of Working Rhode Island: The Latino Labor Force,” released today by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. In the last decade, the Latino labor force has increased 38 percent (from 8.4 percent to 11.6 percent) — representing the largest growth among workers of color in the state.

Yet, even with the projected growth — in which Latinos will make up nearly a quarter of Rhode Island’s total workforce — Latino workers face major employment challenges, including a scarcity of jobs, significant wage and income disparity and a lack of adequate education and skill to compete in today’s job market, all of which can have major implications for the state’s economy.

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Matching Gift Challenge to Revitalize, Expand Sustainability Garden [Video]

April 22, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – An anonymous donor has pledged a $2,500 matching gift toward the revitalization and expansion of the Sustainability Garden surrounding the Mark Gould Pond at the Marine and Natural Sciences Building on RWU’s Bristol Campus. The gift – which will match contributions dollar-for-dollar up to $2,500 towards a $5,000 overall goal – will support efforts to reinstall native plants and expand the low-maintenance landscaping with shrubs and flowers that provide birds, butterflies and bees with critical resources. In addition, a formal outdoor classroom space is slated for creation where students will study environmental and sustainability issues in the natural environment. Remaining funding will be directed towards the student vegetable garden, including the planting of herbs and fruit-producing shrubs.

In Memoriam: Former University President Emeritus William Rizzini

March 24, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – The Roger Williams University community lost an influential member last week with the passing of former University President Emeritus William “Bill” Rizzini ’76H on Feb. 29. A member of the Roger Williams community since 1961, Rizzini created a foundation for hallmark programs as the college began its transition to university.

Rizzini came to Roger Williams first as an English professor for 10 years before holding a number of administrative positions. In 1976, he was awarded an honorary degree, and he served as president of RWC from 1978 to 1989, making great advances for the growth of campus, academically and physically, during his tenure.

Students Embark on Stay Break to Help Address Food Needs in RI Communities

March 7, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – This week, more than 130 Roger Williams University students, from undergraduate to graduate to law, are participating in Alternative Spring Break trips, where groups of students – often led by faculty and staff advisors – work in teams to lead volunteer projects aimed at improving communities or assisting nonprofit organizations.

One group of students will embark on the University’s first Stay Break – a new program that mirrors the immersive, week-long service learning experience of alternative spring break trips abroad but allows students to stay on campus and serve nonprofits in nearby communities. The group, which includes 17 students, will lead volunteer projects focused on meeting food needs in Rhode Island communities by partnering with the Rhode Island Food Bank, East Bay Community Action Program, Sharing the Harvest Community Farm and Mathewson Street Church.

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Inside Scoop: More from RWU Magazine Issue 12

December 14, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – After digging into stories of alumni finding love over pizza, students devising on-the-fly disaster aid in Peru, the impact of the growing Latino population in Rhode Island and so much more within the pages of RWU Magazine Issue 12, we’re prepared to satisfy your hunger for more content.

From extended interviews to photo slideshows and recipes to sear a perfect scup dish, sink your teeth into these extra morsels below from beyond the pages.

Want to see yourself in the next issue of RWU Magazine? Send us your story ideas at

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University Awards $12K in Grants to Community Organizations in Bristol

November 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I., – As part of the Fund for Civic Activities established in 2007 when Roger Williams University and the Town of Bristol agreed to a 20-year “memorandum of understanding” accord, the Town of Bristol / Roger Williams University Cooperative Committee has awarded $11,550 in grant funds to 10 local nonprofits and organizations.

The awards conclude the 14th cycle of biannual FCA awards, which were created to enhance the civic experience of Bristol residents, extend RWU’s commitment to active community engagement and provide support to local organizations. The University pledged $25,000 annually in FCA grants and to date has distributed $194,451 to support nearly 130 projects and initiatives.

Selections are made by the 12-person Cooperative Committee, which comprises individuals from both the Town and the University. The complete list of awards for this grant cycle includes:

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GoingPro Professional Development Conference

GoingPro is a professional development conference geared toward college students. As keynote speaker, Tim Baxter, President of Samsung Electronics America, Inc., will share his success story as well as provide key pointers and tips. Panels will follow focusing on social media, first impressions, life after the undergraduate experience, and entrepreneurship.
This conference will provide networking opportunities as well as inspiration and motivation to encourage attendees to achieve future success in professional settings. Students at many stages of their career exploration and from a wide variety of majors will find this information useful. 
Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee of $20.00. To register, visit

Oct. 28 Discussion to Reflect on Infamous ‘Middle Passage’ and Rhode Island Role in Slave Trade

October 20, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – During the trans-Atlantic voyage that for centuries forcibly transported Africans overseas to the New World to be sold as slaves, more than 2 million Africans perished in the journey’s infamous Middle Passage. Conditions were so deplorable that historian John Henrik Clarke has said, “If the Atlantic were to dry up, it would reveal a scattered pathway of human bones, African bones, marking the various routes of the Middle Passage.”

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, members of the Roger Williams University community and the general public are invited to join Ann Chinn, founder and executive director of the Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project, and Emily Kugler of the project’s Boston’s chapter to learn about their mission to honor those who died during the Middle Passage.

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Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center 'Puts RWU On the Map'

October 19, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Sunny skies prevailed over sparkling waters Friday when the Roger Williams University community gathered with the Board of Trustees and the U.S. Congressional Delegation of Rhode Island to officially dedicate the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center – a completely donor-funded waterfront facility that will serve as home to the national powerhouse RWU sailing team and an educational facility for students of all ages from across campus and the Ocean State.

“In many ways, the Mount Hope Bay is both our unfair advantage and our responsibility,” said Vice President for Institutional Advancement Lisa Raiola. “Its beauty is often the thing that attracts students and others to our campus, and its proximity reminds us every day that we need to take care of it. With the new Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center, we have created access to the bay for competition, recreation and conservation.”  

Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing & Education Center Dedication Ceremony

President Donald J. Farish and the University Board of Trustees invite faculty, staff and students to a special dedication of the Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing & Education Center.

Come celebrate the first facility on the RWU campus that was fully funded through the generosity of donors. A speaking program will be followed by light refreshments and a tour of the center.

Please RSVP to Caitlin Krouse at