The University of Rhode Island is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to community, equity and diversity. We stand firm in our commitment to protect students, faculty and staff from discrimination based on race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or status as a special disable veteran, recently separated veteran, Vietnam era veteran and all other veterans who served on activity duty during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized. Further, our commitment to affirmative action is evidenced by steps taken to increase the employment of qualified persons from under-represented ethnic and racial groups, women, disabled persons and veterans. This effort should be visible in our recruitment, hiring, promotion, transfer, training, and career development strategies. I ask every member of the University of Rhode Island community to join me in developing and achieving an inclusive University community that reflect civility, equity and diversity.