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community, equity, and diversity

About the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity

In an effort to "do more and do it better," after a multi-year period of advocacy by the Equity Council -- broadly representative of URI students, staff and faculty -- President Dooley, endorsed by the Strategic Budget and Planning Council and approved by the Board of Governors for Higher Education, committed to the creation of an institutional unit focusing on the advancement of community, equity and diversity at URI, to be led by a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). In addition to the creation of this new position, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity and Diversity, the President authorized the reassignment of several departments with a focus on diversity to shift their reporting responsibility to the CDO. These departments include:

  • The Women's Center
  • The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Center
  • The Multicultural Center (MCC)
  • The Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity (AAEOD)

In addition to maximizing the effectiveness of these departments, the CDO -- who is a member of the President's executive team -- is charged with influencing effective policy formation and collaborating with the various Presidential Commissions and divisional, college and departmental diversity committees, ensuring the accomplishment of strategic diversity goals integral to the overall success of the University.

Transformational Goals