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Academic Affairs Diversity Task Force

Statement of Purpose

Issues pertaining to diversity, equity, and justice are integral to creating and sustaining an open and inclusive learning community at The University of Rhode Island (URI). The Diversity Task Force of the Division of Academic Affairs is committed to promoting tolerance, respect, and equal opportunity with respect to learning and discovery within the university.  The Task Force will promote a broad understanding and appreciation of diversity issues – engendering in our selves and the faculty, staff, and students of the university the wisdom to listen to and respect voices and ideas different from our own.

As a Diversity Task Force seeking to encourage a community of inclusion, we aspire to promote an atmosphere that celebrates diversity and respect, supports learning, and encourages understanding, integrity, and justice.  With a rapidly changing demographic profile of our nation, this endeavor becomes urgent and vital. Attracting and retaining people from diverse backgrounds and experiences are critical issues to URI and our Division.  Equally important is to create an inclusive, equitable, and truly pluralistic learning environment for all.  This will require reviewing what and how we teach and ensuring that issues of multiculturalism, privilege, and differential opportunity are incorporated into the curriculum.

Specific Goals of the Diversity Task Force

  1. To raise consciousness about privilege, bias, and mutual respect in the URI community;
  2. To gather and use data on access, retention, institutional receptivity, and quality of experience to enhance the diversity of the URI community by promoting and supporting active recruitment and retention programs throughout the Division;
  3. To promote a welcoming and respectful community that encourages understanding and appreciation of difference;
  4. To lead efforts to ensure that the academic and co-curricular experiences of all students reflect understanding of multicultural perspectives and the value of diversity.

Spring 2014 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be in the President’s Conference Room, Green Hall

January 29, Wednesday, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
February 25, Tuesday, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
March 26, Wednesday, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
April 24, Thursday, 3-4:30 Agenda

Fall 2013 Meeting Schedule

All meetings will be in the President’s Conference Room, Green Hall

October 2, Wednesday, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
October 24, Thursday, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
November 20, Wednesday, 3-4:30 Agenda Minutes
December 17, Tuesday, 3-4:30 Cancelled

Minutes from Past Meetings

April 2013

February 2013

January 2013

November 2012

October 2012

September 2012

May 2012

April 2012

March 2012

February 2012

November 2011

October 2011

September 2011

May 2011

April 2011

March 2011

February 2011

December 2010

October 2010

September 2010

February 2010

December 2009

November 2009

October 2009


Request for Proposals

Multicultural Faculty Fellowship

Multiculturalism and Diversity Enhancement Fund

Multiculturalism and Diversity Enhancement Fund Awards, January 2012

Task Force Members






Diversity Task Force Report 2011-2012

JCAP Report on Diversity Task Force May 2011

Faculty Diversity Workshops – January 2011

Diversity Week 2010 Presentation

Proposed Multicultural Learning Competencies

Diversity Task Force 2009-2010 Report

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