The University of Rhode Island is passionate about promoting a campus culture and community where you are respected and valued for who you are. To succeed and lead in the 21st century world, with its wide diversity of cultures, lifestyles, beliefs, abilities, religions, political systems, and philosophies, we all must develop the ability to communicate, understand, and engage productively with people very different from ourselves. Here, you will feel welcomed, supported, and valued as part of the larger campus community.
We have a long tradition of promoting diversity among our community, often stimulated by student, staff and faculty advocacy and administrative initiative. Perhaps the most significant period of reform at the University has occurred since the late 1960's to present, ensuring equity and fair treatment of its members, diversifying URI's demographic composition, broadening and deepening its curricular offerings, and in promoting a campus culture and community where each of its members is respected and valued for who they are.
Upon his appointment as 11th President of the University of Rhode Island, President David M. Dooley announced his Transformational Goals for the 21st Century. One of the four primary goals is to build a community at the University of Rhode Island that values and embraces equity and diversity.
The Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity also comprises:
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.
The Chief Diversity Officer communicates and collaborates with these committees as liaison for the President to ensure that all initiatives undertaken serve the overall accomplishment of strategic university diversity goals.