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Grant Writing Workshop

Interested in applying for federal, state, or foundation grants but don’t know where to start? Have a great research or program idea and want to explore how to write a grant for external funding? Join us for a Grant Writing Workshop for faculty and administrators presented by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Workshop topics include: how to find grant opportunities; tips for improving your chances for funding; elements of a strong proposal; developing a budget; grant policies and procedures at RWU and next steps after receiving an award notification. Participants will receive a binder that includes sample proposals, grantwriting tips, resources for identifying grant opportunities, and RWU guidelines.

Science and the R.I. Gubernatorial Election

On the eve of mid-term elections, a panel of science experts will discuss how political party platforms relate to the health of Rhode Islanders, STEM education, energy policies, and sustainability.

Panelists include:

  • Avelina Espinosa, RWU Biology & NESP (speaking on health, science education)
  • June Speakman, RWU Political Science (speaking on women’s rights)
  • Max Greene, Staff Attorney CLF (speaking on sustainability)
  • Abigail Anthony Director, Rhode Island Office Environment Northeast ENE (speaking on energy alternatives)

Audience Q&A to follow panel presentation. The event is open to the community and free of charge. This event will be live streamed on

This event is sponsored by New England Science Public (NESP), Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), and the RWU Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (RWU SPJ).

HUD Secretary Visits RWU for Discussion on LPI, HousingWorks Affordability Data

October 10, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Newly appointed U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro joined U.S. Senator Jack Reed, U.S. Representatives David Cicilline and James Langevin, R.I. Governor Lincoln Chafee and others today for a roundtable discussion focused on housing affordability and Latinos in Rhode Island, convened by the University’s Latino Policy Institute and HousingWorksRI at Roger Williams University.

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Transferring Skills and Meeting Needs in Chaos and Insecurity: Life in NGOs in 2014

Jeff Ratcliffe has more than 18 years of experience as a grants manager, country director, and programs manager in post-conflict and international development. He has spent almost his entire career working abroad throughout Africa (including Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, and Zambia). He has also worked in the Philippines, Haiti, and Honduras.

Ratcliffe has managed grants for work funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC, and private donations. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and speaks Hausa and French. He holds a Master of Public Administration (Utah) and a Master of Humanitarian Services Administration (Connecticut).

Ebola, Sacred Rituals, and 75 Cents: What Needs to Change to Stop the Disease

Jeff Ratcliffe has more than 18 years of experience in post-conflict and international development as grants manager, country director and programs manager. Mr. Ratcliffe has worked in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Ratcliffe has managed grants for work funded by USAID, USDOL, CDC and private donations in Haiti, the Philippines, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zambia, Guinea, and the Gambia. Ratcliffe has worked with many organizations including ACDI/VOCA, ChildFund International and the American Refugee Committee. Ratcliffe was a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger and speaks Hausa and French. Mr. Ratcliffe holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Services Administration.

RWU, RWU Law Extend Affordability, Excellence Measures into 2015-16

October 2, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With freshman undergraduate enrollment up 15 percent in two years and the number of first-year law students up 24 percent since last fall – all in an admissions climate characterized by sharply shrinking enrollments, particularly in New England – Roger Williams University has pledged to continue its Affordable Excellence initiative to confront increasing costs, rising debt and the job-readiness of graduates, among the most pressing challenges facing higher education today.

At the undergraduate level, this means the University’s tuition freeze (which has locked tuition at $29,976 since 2012) and four-year tuition guarantee (which can save students as much as $15,000 by ensuring that tuition will not rise during a student’s time on campus) now extend through the 2015-16 academic year.

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Confronting ISIL: Policy Challenges and Considerations

A faculty roundtable discussion about the challenges that America faces with regards to the spread of ISIL in Iraq and Syria. 

Live@RWU Presents the Joe Locke Duo

Ticketing Information

Due to high demand for the Live@RWU series and a limited seating capacity in Global Heritage Hall, ticket reservations are required for the Joe Locke Duo concert on October 15.

You can reserve tickets via the reservation forms below. Please note that individual registrations must be submitted for every event attendee. If there is more than one person in your group, please submit the registration form multiple times, as needed, with information for each attendee.

After submitting the form, please check your email account for a confirmation email. That email will serve as your receipt. Please print the receipt and bring to the event with a valid photo ID that matches the name on the receipt.

National Exhibition on Lincoln's Legacy Kicks Off at RWU on Sept. 23

September 16, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – With a country divided over the issue of slavery and torn apart by civil war in the 1860s, Abraham Lincoln faced an extraordinary test as President of the United States. A national traveling exhibition coming to Roger Williams University will examine the difficult decisions that confronted President Lincoln – whether to adhere to executive constraints within the Constitution or flex his powers as Commander-in-Chief to ensure that America continued to live up to the ideals of liberty and equality for all.

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Great Films Series: "Glory"

"Glory" (1989) is the heart-stopping story of the first black regiment to fight for the North in the Civil War. Denzel Washington stars in this Oscar-winning performance as the runaway slave who embodies the indomitable spirit of the 54th Regiment of Massachusetts, along with Matthew Broderick, Cary Elwes and Morgan Freeman. Directed by Edward Zwick. Jennifer Stevens, a professor in the Department of History and American Studies, will provide a brief introduction. Sponsored by the Feinstein College of Arts and Sciences.