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URI students walk to raise awareness of disability on campus

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Oct. 26, 2010


WHO: URI freshmen enrolled in the Grand Challenge course*, Different But Not Less: Social, Political and Ethical Issues in Disability, taught by Celest Martin, associate professor of journalism. Ariana Houle, a first-year pharmacy student from Woonsocket enrolled in the class, spearheaded the walk. Students from the Independence Transition Academy, a South Kingstown public school, located on the URI campus, will join the walk. Representatives from two URI student organizations, Best Buddies and Students for a More Accessible Campus will also participate and provide information about their organizations.

WHAT: A walk around the Quadrangle, the center of campus life.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 30 from 11 a.m. to noon, rain or shine.

WHERE: The Quadrangle, URI Kingston Campus.

WHY: To raise awareness of disability on campus.

* This semester, for the first time, URI freshmen had the opportunity to enroll in one of 29 exciting new courses that explore current global issues. Called “Grand Challenge” courses, they feature smaller class sizes, have more focused content, and are taught by full-time faculty who are engaged in dynamic research on the subjects covered.
For more information, contact Jan Wenzel, Department of Communications and Marketing, 401.874.2116.