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Diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice

November 14, 2016

Diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice

Dear University Community,

In the midst of the turmoil following our nation’s most recent election, the University of Rhode Island remains committed to our core values of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. In the aftermath of the election, we reiterate that there is no place in our community for any form of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.

On Wednesday morning, following the election results, some individuals took to the streets protesting the results, others celebrated and still others engaged in violent acts of hate and intimidation targeting historically marginalized groups and individuals. We must be clear — acts of hate are not acceptable in our community.

College campuses around the country, including the University of Rhode Island, are experiencing reports of racist, sexist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, homophobic and Anti-Semitic acts. Indeed, many members of our community have reported feeling afraid to move around campus. This conduct is inconsistent with URI’s institutional values. Although emotions may run high, this is a time when we must rise above the storm and come together as a community that supports one another, and respects one another, despite our differences.

It is our responsibility as a community devoted to learning and discovery to work hard to listen to and understand each other. This is the fundamental fabric of a vital university community. It is important that we seek to create spaces and opportunities to continue the Critical Community Conversations on issues impacting the University of Rhode Island, America, and our world.

As University leaders, we support you as members of our community, and we ask that you support one another in this time of concern and uncertainty.

If you feel that you have been targeted by discriminatory or harassing behavior or have witnessed such acts, or simply seek opportunities to share your feelings, concerns, or ideas, the following resources are available to you:

  • Office of Community, Equity and Diversity, 401.874.7077
  • Affirmative Action and Diversity, 401.874.2098
  • Dean of Students Office, 401.874.2098
  • Multicultural Student Services Center, 401.874.2851, mssc@etal.uri.edu
  • Gender and Sexuality Center, 401.874.2894
  • Women’s Center, 401.874.2097
  • International Center, 401.874.5546, oie@etal.uri.edu
  • University Chaplains Association, 401.874.2740
  • Campus Safe Ride Program, 401.874.7233
  • URI Police Department, 401.874.2121

We thank all those whose efforts bring comfort, understanding, and peace to our University during this extraordinary time.

Sincerely,

David M. Dooley, President
Donald H. DeHayes, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Gerald Sonnenfeld, Vice President for Research and Economic Development
Naomi R. Thompson, Associate Vice President for Community, Equity & Diversity
Thorr D. Bjorn, Director of Athletics
Kathy M. Collins, Vice President, Division of Student Affairs
Linda Barrett , Division of Administration and Finance
J. Vernon Wyman, Division of Administration and Finance
Michelle Curreri, Chief of Staff
Kelly K. Mahoney, Executive Director, External Relations and Communications

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