The HSS Diversity Committee strives to realize its mission through initiatives that:
We, as members of the College of Human Science and Services, express solidarity with URI GLBTIQQ communities and the Gay/Straight Alliance. We support the rights of all people to live, study and work on the URI campus without fear, harassment, or discrimination and to participate in non-violent direct action in order to ensure this right. We stand committed to promote institutional and cultural changes within URI that will ensure equity and safety in all areas of campus life. We urge University of Rhode Island students, staff, faculty, and administrators to unite in support of this commitment and the inclusion of members of the GLBTIQQ communities in the creation of a safe and welcoming campus for anyone identifying as GLBTIQQ.
Second, the committee is seeking to add an additional diversity module to the current URI 101 diversity requirement. Instructors and faculty will be invited to participate in a one-day training and follow-up that will help them maximize student diversity learning experiences. Participating instructors and students will view a selected film that complements readings and other diversity activities taking place in the fall semester. The training experience is designed to help instructors and students productively discuss the film and other diversity events students may attend during their first semester. This initiative is designed to support current efforts to create a welcoming, safe, and open learning environment for all.