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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.

Global Fest 2015

The Intercultural Center is proud to present this year's Global Fest, a celebration of cultural diversity at RWU!
This year, attendees can sample delicious culturally-themed food provided by our own Bon Appetit Dining Services and "travel" to over 30 countries represented with food, music, and cultural activities.
Global Fest will open with the Central Falls High School Dance Team performing a mix of West African and Latin American dance and drumming, followed by the Goza Latin Jazz Band performing Brazilian/Latin American music from 12:30 to 1:15. RWU students will share more about cultures from around the world with an international fashion show and student performances showcasing traditional dances and songs.
All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

At Home and Abroad, Student Supports Ugandan Women and Children of War

March 20, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Imagine being a child torn from your family and forced into combat in Uganda’s civil war, where your victimizers may even compel you to harm your own family members or neighbors. If you were the lucky few to escape, how would you overcome the years of trauma inflicted by the experience?

Via University-sponsored service-learning programs in 2013 and 2014, Mikayla Diamond, a senior psychology major at Roger Williams University, has helped to heal the horrific effects that the conflict has stamped on the young women and children of the country. Inspired by the young women and teenaged girls of ChildVoice International’s Lukome Centre – a nonprofit organization that provides a therapeutic community to rehabilitate war orphans, former child soldiers and their families – Diamond recently organized “Art for Africa,” a silent auction held on the Roger Williams campus. With more than 80 pieces of donated art decorating Global Heritage Hall courtesy of organizers, students and local artists, Diamond raised $2,733 to subsidize the cost of a grain grinder for the Lukome Centre.

An Hour With Cambodia

Every month the Intercultural Center highlights one of the many countries currently represented in the student body at RWU. In March, we will be highlighting Cambodia. Come learn all about the history, politics, festivals, and art from Cambodia! Join your fellow colleagues and learn more about this amazing country. All students are welcome! This is a merit point program.

Radical, Trans-Inclusive Feminism Workshop with Staceyann Chin

Join Tony-nominated activist/author/spoken word poet, Staceyann Chin, for a discussion about feminism that examines how trans* identities, racial identities and varying levels of privilege can play a role in what we bring to/need from feminism.

Spoken Word Poetry Performance with Staceyann Chin

As part of National Poetry Month and a kick-off of Pride Week, Tony-nominated activist/author/spoken word poet, Staceyann Chin will deliver a night of spoken word poetry on issues of race relations, women's issues, gender and sexuality and immigration. Stay after the event for a book-signing reception with Ms. Chin. Merit point event! Co-sponsored by: Intercultural Center, Student Life Division, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Anthropology & Sociology Department, the Writing Center, Feinstein College of Arts & Sciences, SAFE, MSU, Women's Center.

The 13th Amendment’s Legacy: Leonard Pitts Jr. to Lead March 23 Panel on Race

March 11, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. – Two and a half years after a visit to Roger Williams University in which he characterized race as 
“the single dumbest idea in all of history,” Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Leonard Pitts Jr. will return to the University on Monday, March 23, to lead a panel discussion titled “The Modern Legacy of the 13th Amendment and Race Relations in the U.S.”

As part of the President’s Distinguished Speakers Series, the acclaimed Miami Herald columnist – who has worked for nearly four decades as a writer, professor, radio producer and lecturer – will join a panel of experts and commentators from the University and beyond in discussing the 1865 amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery in America, and its impact over the 150 years since its passage.

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Info Session: University of Westminster on Campus

Come learn more about our partner school in London at the University of Westminster.  A study abroad opportunity for Communications, Business, Arts and many more Majors.

On Spring Break, Trading Sun and Sand for Service Learning

March 9, 2015

BRISTOL, R.I. -- For many college students, a week off in March means sunny, sandy Spring Break getaways -- but for a group of dedicated RWU and RWU Law students that seems to grow each year, the break from classes and assignments is an opportunity to give back, dive into outside-the-classroom learning experiences and have a little fun along the way.

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

This year, students will serve local cities including Providence and Boston, travel across the country to New York City, New Orleans and Tuba City, Arizona, and even head abroad to countries including Peru, among others. Habitat for Humanity, Project Homecoming and Rebuilding Together are among the many partner organizations for which the students will volunteer to help address critical community issues from affordable housing to public health awareness.

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New Research Shows Latino Households Face Challenges in Homebuyer Market

February 27, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I., – The Latino Policy Institute and HousingWorks RI – two policy groups at Roger Williams University – released an infographic today that shows the challenges facing Latino homeowners and some of the conditions preventing Rhode Island’s Latino renters from entering the homebuyer market.

The analysis done by HWRI reviews median renter household incomes and single-family home prices from 2007 to 2013. During that time, the income needed to afford the median priced single-family home outpaced the household incomes of both Latino and non-Latino renters. However, the median renter household income for Latinos declined 16 percent from 2007 to 2013 while the median renter household income for non-Latinos remained the same.

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