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Social Justice Week Kicks off at RWU

October 14, 2014

 

BRISTOL, R.I. – Training a lens on the serious problems affecting society, Social Justice Week 2014 at Roger Williams University raises awareness of unfair conditions with the goal of inciting students to awaken the advocate within and create change.

Through civil discourse, diversity training, activist performances, and thought-provoking documentaries, Social Justice Week – from Tuesday, Oct. 14 to Wednesday, Oct. 22 – will explore the legacy of slavery and civil rights, and raise awareness of less-examined issues of elder justice and how diminished access to health care produces inequality.

Organized by Laura D’Amore and Autumn Quezada-Grant, professors of history and American studies, the annual series offers the chance to see how social justice issues touch everyone. Through interactive activities and accessing resources to become involved, they hope that all campus members – students, faculty and staff – recognize and do their part to make the world a better place.

With Alumna as Lead, Silent Witness Initiative Launches Tool to Provide Better Access to Domestic Violence Data

September 29, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – To help prevent and decrease the number of domestic violence incidents – which in 2012 totaled approximately 810,790 cases and claimed the lives of nearly 1,300 men and women in the U.S. – leaders from the Silent Witness Initiative have collaborated with Roger Williams University to launch a comprehensive online database that makes domestic violence case data more easily accessible, intelligible and organized. The new tool will be formally unveiled on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at a candlelight vigil and march on the Roger Williams campus, featuring RWU students, faculty and staff, other Silent Witness college chapters, as well as friends and family members of domestic violence victims.

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Congress to Campus Program Offers Students a Firsthand View of Politics and Public Service

September 25, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – From gaining advice on how to break into politics to discussing social issues and even a shared love of Star Trek, many students capitalized on the chance to have informal chats with two former members of Congress visiting campus this week.

Former Arizona congressmen Sam Coppersmith and James Kolbe made a stop at Roger Williams from Sept. 21 to 23 via Congress to Campus, an initiative of the nonpartisan U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC) that sends a bipartisan pair of former federal legislators to universities across the country with the goals of enhancing an understanding of how Congress works and encouraging young adults to become more actively engaged in civic duties. During their visit, the former members participated in classes, held a moderated discussion on social issues and informal conversations with students from across the academic disciplines.

35th Anniversary Celebration of Partnership with R.I. Blood Center

RWU hosted the very first blood drive by the R.I. Blood Center in 1979. Since then, RWU community members have donated over 10,000 pints of blood, ultimately saving over 30,000 lives. Celebrate 35 years of partnership between RWU and the R.I. Blood Center by joining a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge. Refreshments will be served.

Then help continue RWU's tradition of service for another 35 years by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year! The blood drive will take place Monday, Oct. 7 and Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge. Appointments can be made at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.

Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.

Blood Drive

In addition to today's blood drive, the Rhode Island Blood Center and RWU will be celebrating the 35th anniversary of its partnership — which has resulted in over 10,000 pints of blood donated by University community members, ultimately saving over 30,000 lives — with a variety of special events through April 2015. Celebrate 35 years of partnership by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year. 

Celebrate 35 years of partnership by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year. Appointment available at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.

Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.

Blood Drive

In addition to today's blood drive, the Rhode Island Blood Center and RWU will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its partnership — which has resulted in over 10,000 pints of blood donated by University community members — with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. in the North Residence Hall First Floor Lounge.

Celebrate 35 years of partnership that has contributed to saving over 30,000 lives by participating in the first blood drive of the academic year. Appointment available at https://www.ribcdonor.org/. Walk-ins are welcome.

Look for more special anniversary events through April 2015.

Peace Corps Information Session

One of our countries most recognizable service organizations, the Peace Corps, will be on campus to discuss new information regarding the Peace Corps application process.

Community Connections Celebrates 10 Years

August 19, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. – On Monday, Aug. 25, some 1,400 students, faculty and staff from Roger Williams University will lead the 10th Annual Community Connections day – the largest service program in the region – in which teams will work together with 56 local nonprofits on projects that range from cleaning local parks to running bingo at senior centers, and creating art projects with developmentally disabled adults.

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From Seaweed to Secret Passageways: Beyond the Pages of RWU Magazine Issue 10

June 24, 2014

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Wanted more between the pages of RWU Magazine's spring issue? Us, too! Whether you're enjoying your issue of RWU poolside, lakeside or surfside, here is some extra content to sink your teeth into -- from seaweed recipes to misunderstood zombies. 

And, while you revel in the relaxation of summer break, we'll be hard at work creating the next issue. As always, we want to hear from you, our readers. Let us know how you like the current magazine and send us your story ideas at magazine@rwu.edu. Happy reading!

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Opting for a Service-Centered Spring Break

March 27, 2014

For many college students, spring break offers a relaxing reprieve from classes to catch up on homework or take a trip to a tropical locale. But for 53 Roger Williams students, their respite from time in class was dedicated to rolling up their sleeves to help others in need. Via three campus organizations, these students participated in four Alternative Spring Break service programs organized by RWU’s chapters of the Foundation for International Medical Relief for Children (FIMRC), Habitat for Humanity and the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). Although diverse groups with seemingly little in common, they shared experiences of new encounters with different environments and people, as well as a novel, hands-on approach to community service.

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