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Roger Williams University

President: Ioannis Miaoulis


Roger Williams University prepares our students to be successful leaders and innovators in today’s rapidly changing world. Our distinctive focus on original research, engaged learning, and hands-on apprenticeships, practicums and clinical learning opportunities provides our students with real-world experiences, on and off campus, that empower them to be career- and job-ready, to succeed immediately and continue to advance throughout their careers. As we embed our core values and mission into every facet of RWU, we will continue to discover opportunities for interdisciplinary connections and innovative ideas that synthesize into collective action that will launch our considerable strengths in exciting, new directions.

Signature Racial Equity Activities

  • “Racism Stops with Me” is a university-wide antiracism campaign to bring forward the full commitment of our senior leadership, our faculty and staff, and our students in learning and engaging in antiracist practices and showing up with their support for our BIPOC community members across our campuses. Over 1100 members of the RWU community signed The Roger Pledge of commitment to work towards developing an anti-racist community.
  • Diversity Leadership Council: A university-wide council made up of four working groups and three operations groups. The goal of the council is to provide opportunities for everyone on campus to contribute to equity efforts and is held accountable for its progress.
  • DEI is embedded in our Strategic Action Plan
  • The Intercultural Center creates transformative capacity building experiences for minoritized student populations by leveraging high impact practices to close opportunity gaps and help students find success at, and beyond college.
  • As an extension of Roger Williams University’s Intercultural Center, the QTRAC is the office of the University that is tasked with being the central hub for queer-centric student & employee enrichment and advocacy.
  • RWU Alumni of Color Network aims to build community among alumni and students of color through initiatives that strengthen fellowship and mentorship, and support the University’s equity priorities related to the enrichment of its students and alumni of color.
  • First-Gen Day: RWU Formally celebrates all of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni who identify – or identified – as first-generation college students with a day that provides an array of professional development and learning opportunities for first-generation learners throughout our community, and celebrate their contributions to RWU and beyond.
  • Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Scholarship (ILA) recognizes, rewards and celebrates a diverse group of students, who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and positive contributions to their communities through a selective scholarship program for four consecutive years of undergraduate study in addition to a co-curricular program which seeks to provide mentorship and academic support while furthering the holistic and leadership growth of recipients throughout their time at RWU.
  • Living/Learning Communities for Black, Latin(x), and Queer and Trans students.
  • S.O.A.R (Strive, Overcome, Achieve, Rise) is a support program for first year students who are the first in their families to go to college that helps students navigate their first year at Roger Williams University and empowers students with the knowledge and tools they will need to succeed.
  • Student Accessibility Services: SAS works with students, faculty, and administrators at RWU to ensure learning and living inclusiveness in all aspects of the student’s experience. We take care to promote equal opportunity for our students.


For more information contact Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI) Team Lead

Chris Calienes, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Jen Dunseath, Assistant VP for Institutional Research