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Student Affairs Diversity Committee

Established November 2004

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The URI Division of Student Affairs recognizes the need for ongoing dialogue pertaining to issues related to Diversity and Multiculturalism; and in 2004 established this committee of administrators, professional staff members and students to address these important priorities. The committee seeks to develop specific efforts of Education and Awareness that will enhance sensitivity toward, and inclusion of, all historically under-represented and disenfranchised groups.

Committee Charge

The committee will advise and assist the Vice President of Student Affairs and, when appropriate, members of the Division of Student Affairs on a range of diversity issues including but not limited to the following:

  1. Proposing strategies for amplifying and implementing the diversity goals in the division of student affairs Strategic Plan;
  2. Promoting dialogue and consultation that advances the integration of cultural competence into professional practice;
  3. Promoting opportunities for the development of relationships within and between the division and its constituencies that have the effect of improving the campus climate;
  4. Offering recommendations for maximizing the retention and success of students from historically underrepresented populations;
  5. Encouraging linkages between diversity programming, assessment, and student learning; and
  6. Creating opportunities to identify diversity needs of students, faculty and staff at URI.

Meetings are the first Wednesdays from September — June; Please contact Pamela Rohland or Carol Pegg at (401)874-2427 for schedules and locations

The Student Affairs Diversity Committee seeks collaboration with the Academic Affairs Diversity Task Force, and with other URI Division Diversity Committees.

The Student Affairs Diversity Committee encourages collaboration with both student and staff organizations.

By request we are available to provide statements of endorsement for University of Rhode Island diversity events and activities. Please contact Pamela Rohland or Carol Pegg

Separately, organizations and individuals may apply to the Student Affairs Diversity Grant Fund for small grants to support diversity related events or projects.

Committee Membership:

Includes departments that administratively report to the VP Student Affairs, and Student Affairs Affiliate departments whose work relates to historically under-represented student populations at URI.

Bobby Britto-Oliveira, Talent Development Program
Katrina Dorsey, Diversity Fund, Office of Student Life
Dan Graney, Bias Response Team, Office of Student Life
Ellen Reynolds, Health Services
Carolyn Thomas, Career Services
Steve Mello, Dining Services
Kevin Martins, Student Life
Robert Samuels, Counseling Center
Robert Vincent, Memorial Union/Leadership Program
Jeff Plouffe, Housing and Residential Life

Carol Pegg, Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President, Co-Chair
Pamela Rohland, Disability Services for Students/Office of Student Life, Co-Chair

Student Affairs Affiliates and Colleagues

Amy Olson, Hillel, URI Chaplains Association
Naomi Thompson, Associate Vice President, Division of Community Equity & Diversity
Annie M. Kosar, LGBT Center, Division of CED
Carolyn Sovet, Women's Center, Division of CED
Melvin Wade, Multicultural Center, Division of CED

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