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Women’s Studies at URI is designed for students interested in the lives, cultures, and experiences of women. It has an interdisciplinary focus that provides theoretical frameworks for focusing on a broad range of issues stemming from systematic oppressions such as sexism, racism, classism, and heterosexism. The Women’s Studies Program offers an undergraduate major and a minor. A degree in Women’s Studies prepares students for careers in many fields including health care, law, business, teaching, counseling, reproductive rights, the arts, government, and public relations.

Women’s Studies is a truly interdisciplinary program that encourages research across a wide spectrum of scholarship, and promotes social activism as well. Faculty from Art to Zoology participate in the program by teaching courses that are cross-listed with courses in their home departments. Examples include: History of Women and Gender, Women and Literature, Women and Work.

Through gifts of generous friends, the WMS Program offers 3 scholarships (the Mother Jones Scholarship, the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Scholarship, and the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Trust Scholarship) to WMS students with good grades and financial need and sponsors two lectures annually – the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson lecture in the Fall and the Fredrika Wilde Schweers lecture on Women and Health Care in the Spring. Other annual events include the Dana Shugar Colloquium in memory of our colleague, a series of talks by URI faculty on women’s issues.

Approved as a URI major in 1980, the WMS program will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in April 2005!

Contact Karen Stein, Women, Director of the Women’s Studies Program for more information (, 874-5150).



The URI Women’s Center provides the necessary resources to help create an educational and work environment rich in visible role models and free of sexual bias and inequities. The Women’s Centerstrives to assist all university women to grow to their full potential by developing their voices and by showcasing their talents.


The URI Women’s Center‘s presence on the Kingston campus is recognized, appreciated and valued as a precious and integral aspect of the university. Through the Center’s programming and services, university women are able to expand their awareness of important women’s issues, such as diversity, sexual harassment, leadership, women’s health and relationships. The Women’s Center is a place where all university women (student, faculty and staff) go for education, support, referrals and crisis intervention. The new center houses numerous programs including the Violence Against Women Prevention Program, Women of Color Mentor Program and the Women in Science and Technology Living/Learning community (WIST). The issues and activities that brought women together at URI from the beginning continue to bring us together today: celebrations of art, music, and sport; issues of health and safety, politics, racism and sexism, equity, careers, leadership; and intellectual exchange.

For More Information:  

Drop by, call, e-mail or fax the Women’s Center at:

22 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2097
Fax: 401-874-9380

The center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Director: Carolyn Sovet
Assistant Director: Gail Faris


APAW, the Association for Professional and Academic Women works to ensure that professional and academic women at URI are accorded equal recognition and advancement. APAW has given support to women individually and collectively, has sponsored informal meetings on topics of interest to women, and has provided opportunities for URI women to meet and to work together across departmental, college and divisional lines. Every year APAW recognizes a URI woman for her efforts to advance this mission. To find out more about APAW contact the ADVANCE office.


Committee W of the AAUP was developed in order to advocate for policy change related to female faculty on campus. Specifically, they have been actively involved in reviewing and revising current URI policies and practices in regards to:

  • Parental leave
  • Promotion and Tenure
  • Salary gaps
  • Sexual Harassment
Current members include:  


Betty Young Laura Beauvais Rosie Pegueros
Faye Boudreaux-Bartels Libby Miles Sandra Saunders
Helen Mederer Lisa Harlow Sharon Strom
Joan Peckham Lynn Derbyshire Wendy Roworth

For more information, contact Committee Chair, Wendy Roworth (, 874-2131)


Mission Statement:  

As a student organization at URI, we take a stand against social injustices that affect us. We aim to educate the URI student body and its surrounding community on the inequalities between the sexes in the U.S. and around the world. We believe that all rights should be equal, no matter what gender, race, creed, or sexual orientation. We work in pursuit of social, political and economic equality for women and men, girls and boys.”

  • Creating programs to teach students about gender roles.
  • “Give a Rubber for Your Lover” to promote our “Stop the Condom War” against the Bush administration’s Abstinence only programs for school.
  • March for Women’s Lives as a part of the RI Choice Coalition
  • Petitioning in support of the ERA.
Other Facts:  
  • Goal is to restart the progressive movement at URI.
  • Supported by NOW, Planned Parenthood, 2-1 Choice, Feminist Majority Alliance.
Mission Statement:  

P.A.G.E. is open to everyone and meets on Mondays at 5:00pm in Room 354 in the Memorial Union

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