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Delivering on His Promise, Alumnus Brings Disaster Supplies Directly to Haiti

January 18, 2017

BELLE ANSE, HAITI — Bernard Georges, a Roger Williams University graduate who founded New Bridges for Haitian Success, succeeded this month in delivering a large shipment of food, clothing and bottled water to people devastated by the Category 4 hurricane that slammed Haiti in October.

Georges, who immigrated to Rhode Island from Haiti and received a master’s degree in public administration from RWU in 2014, collected a full shipping container of supplies in Rhode Island and returned to Haiti to ensure that the aid was delivered to those who need it most.

He said he oversaw the distribution of 417 bags of supplies — each containing rice, beans, clothes, shoes, soap, hand sanitizer and bottles of water. He took part in a free clinic that provided basic medical supplies. And he distributed school supplies and toys to about 80 Haitian children as schools prepare to reopen in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.

Year in Review: The Top Stories at Roger Williams University in 2016

December 27, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – There’s no doubt that 2016 was a very big year for Roger Williams University, with the opening of a new campus in the heart of downtown Providence at the same time the University welcomed its largest class ever with the Class of 2020. From sending off more than 1,000 graduates into the world with Commencement 2016 to the launching of a student-led Conservation Corps, the construction management program earning a top-five national ranking, the creation of a real-time financial trading room, students landing prestigious honors and faculty experts making a difference with their work, celebrate RWU’s many successes with a look back at the most read stories on PDQ@RWU.

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Students Shine a Light on Syrian Civil War

December 14, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – As civil war in Syria continues to devastate the country and displace millions of people, a group of Roger Williams University students led a grassroots-effort to make sure it’s not forgotten beyond the walls of a classroom. Inspired by an examination of the human impact of the Syrian conflict in a fall semester CORE Human Behavior course, the students decided to take what they had learned to the greater campus community with a candlelight vigil to spotlight the struggles that Syrian refugees are experiencing worldwide.

As twilight descended over campus on Nov. 15, students and faculty joined the class outdoors, some with candles and others shining cell phone lights, to reflect in solemn silence and to hear about the conflict from a variety of perspectives.

“Here at Roger Williams, sometimes we struggle,” said Anas Alfeez, a sophomore criminal justice major from Saudi Arabia who spoke fondly about Syria as a beautiful place he visited in his childhood. “But our struggles are good ones. We struggle to become educated, to do well on tests, to pursue our interests. Syrians struggle to survive.”

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RWU Marine Scientists to Work Toward Reef Conservation at International Coral Reef Symposium

June 24, 2016

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Two marine science experts from Roger Williams University joined 2,500 scientists, policy makers and environmental managers from 70 nations this week to share the latest research and devise strategies for conserving and protecting coral reefs around the world at the 13th Annual International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu.

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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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Remembering the Holocaust with Rosalie Franks

December 15, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Seventy years have passed since the Holocaust ended with liberation of the concentration camps, but people like Rosalie Franks work to ensure its legacy is never forgotten.

In the 1990s, she devoted five years to interviewing 92 Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation (now the USC Shoah Foundation), a web archive of 51,000 video testimonials from survivors around the world.  Since that experience, Franks – a longtime adjunct professor of critical writing, literature and philosophy at Roger Williams – has brought back lessons on human rights and social justice to her classroom.

What preparation did the Shoah Foundation give you?

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President’s Distinguished Lecture – Ambassador Andrew Young

Inauguration Week 2011 Event.

Presentation with Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young will highlight Inauguration Week 2011 events; reception with Ambassador Young to immediately follow.

About Ambassador and Activist Andrew Young

For a university that prides itself on creating a healthy exchange of ideas on the most pressing questions facing society and seeks to instill in its graduates a drive to serve the broader public interest, the chance to host Andrew Young as an honored guest and participant during Inauguration Week 2011 is opportune.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Address: Don Graves, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Counselor to Vice President Biden

In honor of the contribution of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the Civil Rights Movement, the RWU Law Office of Diversity & Outreach, with the generous support of Nixon Peabody LLP, presents Don Graves, Esq., Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Counselor to Vice President Biden.

Don Graves has served as Deputy Assistant to President Obama, as well as Counselor to Vice President Biden. He was also Biden’s Domestic and Economic Policy Director – providing advice on a range of policy issues including ways to create jobs, opportunity, and a wider path to the middle class – and his Traveling Chief of Staff. In addition, Mr. Graves oversaw the staff of the Vice President’s Cancer Moonshot effort.

Celebrating the Quest for Refuge Through the Power of Story

January 9, 2017

BRISTOL, R.I. – Seemingly every day there are news reports of refugees fleeing countries around the world as a result of war, lack of food and water, or corrupt governments. The numbers can be overwhelming – hundreds, or perhaps thousands a day – and it is easy to forget that these are individual people with unique stories.

After their experience last fall, students in Professor Dahliani Reynold’s Multimodal Writing course will never just see those numbers as faceless. In a semester-long fall project, teams of students collaborated with local community organizations to interview immigrants and refugees who now call Rhode Island home and produce their stories as short films and written narratives hosted on websites they created. The project tested their skills as writers, videographers and story-tellers and forever changed they way they saw the refugee crisis.

Inaugural Student Humanitarian Summit Brings Campus Together to Explore Global Engagement

November 21, 2016

BRISTOL, R.I. – An array of student clubs and organizations, as well as professors, staff, and visiting parents, came together on Sunday, October 23 to consider the role of the campus community in addressing global challenges and to gauge the level of campus knowledge and activism on a range of topics regarding humanitarian issues.

The organizers’ goals for the inaugural Student Humanitarian Summit – part of the Quest for Refuge Series, a year-long series of events and programming at RWU that will examine the political and cultural impact of refugees around the world – were to inform and inspire students to start or continue working on ways to address the need for alleviation of suffering worldwide, and map out collaborative plans for the rest of the year to engage more students and the broader campus community in humanitarian causes. Roger for Refugees, along with the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs, and a working group of students, spent a month planning the event, which was co-sponsored by six other clubs and organizations on campus.