Student Services

Center for Career and Experiential Education. Visit uri.edu/career

The Center for Career and Experiential Education (CCEE) engages students and alumni in a high quality personal and professional educational experience, from admission through employment. Career and internship advisors provide self assessments, searching and networking strategies, resume development and internship information sessions. The center offers RhodyNet, an online database of job and internship opportunities and events for our students and alums.

We also offer classes for career development (ITR 300) that engage students in self-reflection and work place skill development. This course helps students to increase awareness of the professional decision-making process, explore career choices, and expand understanding the relationship between education and the world of work. Students study key career development theories and learn how to integrate self-knowledge into occupational and life decisions, set goals, and devise strategies to attain these goals.

The academic internship program (ITR 301-304) provides students with full-time or part-time experiential learning opportunities (fall, spring, and summer). The program is designed for motivated students who wish to apply classroom learning to field experiences in career related settings. Student interns are supervised by a qualified professional at their placement site and by a faculty advisor from their academic major. Students from most undergraduate curriculums may apply for part-time or full-time internships and may earn from 6-15 free-elective credits. In order to apply to the program, a student must have a minimum GPA of 2.50 and junior or senior standing.

For more information, visit us on the first floor of Roosevelt Hall, online at uri.edu/career or call 401.874.2311.

Chaplains. The University chaplains are active in providing religious services and in counseling, advising campus groups, teaching, and programming. The chaplains represent the Roman Catholic, Jewish, Protestant, Orthodox Christian, Buddhist, and Muslim communities; referrals are available to representatives of other faiths. The chaplains work together to foster dialogue, understanding, and respect among people of different faiths and traditions. See uri.edu/chaplains.

Counseling. The Counseling Center, located in Room 217 of Roosevelt Hall, is staffed by professional counselors, psychologists, and social workers. The Center offers individual counseling and a variety of skill-building and support groups to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their academic and life goals. The Counseling Center provides assistance to students in areas such as adjusting to college life, coping with stress, building satisfying relationships, planning for the future, and coping with depression, substance use, or other mental health challenges.

Counselors work closely, as appropriate, with other health care providers in Health Services. Additionally, some students contact the Counseling Center for help with concerns about a roommate or friend. Information shared in counseling is confidential. Center hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. with extended hours until 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

To make an appointment, students may simply stop by the Counseling Center, or call and schedule a time to meet with a counselor. If you need help with an urgent matter, ask to speak to the counselor-on-call. Phone: 401.874.2288. website: uri.edu/counseling.

Disability Services for Students. Disability Services for Students works with students and all units of URI to foster a welcoming, accessible environment. We promote academic success, self-advocacy, and equal opportunity through education, awareness, and ADA compliance. At URI, disability is considered an issue of cultural diversity.

Additional duties of the office include:

• recommend and coordinate reasonable accommodations (exam, course, program, housing, transportation),

• encourage student development through self-advocacy and personal decision making,

• support student commitment to academic success and retention,

• provide information to faculty and administrators regarding the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

Please visit our website at uri.edu/disability for detailed information about policies, procedures, and resources. We are happy to discuss specific concerns in person, by phone, or by email. Our office is located at 302 Memorial Union, Kingston, RI 02881. For more information, phone 401.874.2098 (TTY via R.I. Relay at 711), or email to dss@etal.uri.edu.

Health Services. Located in the Potter Building, adjacent to the residence halls, Dr. Pauline B. Wood Health Services provides primary ambulatory care to students. Nurse practitioners and physicians see students by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the general medicine and women’s clinics with laboratory, radiology, and pharmacy services available. Limited services are available on Saturdays, Sundays, and most holidays with physician and pharmacy coverage from noon to 4 p.m.

Specialists in surgery, internal medicine, dermatology, gynecology, and psychiatry hold regular clinics at the Potter Building. A travel/immunization clinic administers vaccines available from the pharmacy. Allergy injections are given, provided the vaccines are supplied by the student. Care provided at Health Services is billed to insurance companies. Your mandatory health service fee covers all office visits not covered by insurance. Lab and X-ray charges not covered by insurance are the responsibility of the student. Co-payment for pharmacy is expected at the time of service.

Hospital care is available in the local community, as is referral to specialists. All medical expenses incurred outside the University’s Health Services are the responsibility of the student. Therefore, students are required to have adequate accident/sickness or health insurance. Students who choose a private physician assume responsibility for expenses incurred. See “Accident/Sickness Insurance” for additional details or consult the Health Services brochure, “To Your Health.”

To promote personal health and well-being, health educators provide a variety of services: wellness clinics, outreach activities, awareness days, peer workshops, and nutrition education from a registered dietician.

An emergency medical service (URI EMS) staffed by student volunteer EMTs responds to campus emergency medical calls 24 hours a day and transports patients to Health Services or the South County Hospital emergency room during the academic year.

Independent Students. Independent or nontraditional students make up over 10% of URI’s undergraduate population. Any students over the age of 23 who are either returning to the University for a second degree or starting anew are eligible to benefit from the services provided at the Office of Student Life. The office is always on hand to lend individual support and ease an independent student’s transition to college life. For more information on Independent Student Services, call 401.874.2101 or visit uri.edu/student_life.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Center. The LGBTQ Center at URI strives to create and maintain a welcoming, safe, supportive campus climate for all people, regardless of sexuality or gender. The LGBTQ Center works closely with students, staff, faculty, and community members to provide space, programs, and services that foster education, advocacy, support, and engagement. From our Coming Out Month activities in October to our Lavender Graduation ceremony in April, many are sure to find events that strike their interests. On April 16, 2014, URI broke ground for a new LGBTQ Center on Upper College Road. When the $2.1 million, 4,300 square foot site is completed, URI’s new center will be a safe and affirming place for all members of the community. URI is the first institution of higher education in the country to design and build a free standing LGBTQ Center. For more information, please call 401.874.2894, visit our website at uri.edu/gender-sexuality, or visit our Center in Adams Hall 111 in person.

Memorial Union. The center for campus activities, the Memorial Union houses a wide variety of educational, social, cultural, and recreational services and facilities for both undergraduate and graduate students. These include meeting and conference rooms, lounges, study rooms, radio station, campus newspaper offices, game room, offices for student organizations, scheduling and information office, a mailroom for students living on campus, ballroom, optical shop, flower shop, convenience store, cafeteria, restaurant, pizza shop, and a coffee and pastry shop.

Among the services provided are a unisex hair salon, credit union, copy center, bookstore, computer store, computer lab, 193° Coffeehouse, and the Memorial Union Technical Productions (which offers technical services in sound and lighting).

An undergraduate student board of directors works with the director and staff of the Memorial Union/Student Involvement Office to determine policy for the Union and plan a full program of social, cultural, intellectual, and recreational activities.

Multicultural Center. Celebrating unity in diversity, the Multicultural Center invites all of its students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other friends to join in its work of creating a community of learners within and beyond URI. The Center is a place dedicated to developing a supportive and inclusive campus culture across the boundaries of culture, identity, and discipline. It collaborates with others in providing a variety of programs, activities, and services that help diverse learners systematically explore the ways we culturally construct identity (who we are), knowledge (what we mean), power (how we assert influence), community (how we relate and belong to each other), and culture (how we make meaning).

Located in the heart of campus, the Multicultural Center maintains a mission and vision grounded in the values upon which the theory and practice of multiculturalism were founded: social justice; learning; and personal, social, and cultural development. The Center’s focus in valuing diversity is promoted through annual events such as Diversity Week, providing innovative workshops facilitated and attended by faculty, staff, students, and the general community; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week, emphasizing the importance of nonviolence principles and the history of forces of positive change within diverse communities; and Diversity Awards, recognizing the many initiatives of cultural competency by members of the URI community. Counseling, programming, and other services are also provided by the staff of Multicultural Student Services. Phone: 401.874.2851. website: uri.edu/mcc.

Substance Abuse Prevention. The mission of the URI Office of Substance Abuse Prevention Services is to continually monitor, measure, and improve our approaches to increase safety and reduce risks for members of our university community. Whether working individually with students or providing population-wide programs, our primary goal is to empower students to make healthy choices while encouraging environments conducive to academic and social success.

Recognizing that not everyone who abuses alcohol or other drugs necessarily requires or desires treatment, Substance Abuse Prevention Services (SAPS) offers resource materials and information so that students can make educated choices. Using a harm-reduction approach, SAPS addresses the causes and consequences of student substance use. Seeking help does not necessarily mean that you are an alcoholic or drug addict. Frequently, students find a single consultation appointment to be beneficial to them in making better decisions regarding their own substance use. For more information about SAPS, phone 401.874.5073 or visit uri.edu/substance_abuse.

Talent Development. URI also offers the Talent Development Program, a program of special interest to many minority and disadvantaged students. Talent Development was started in 1968 to help young people who otherwise could not attend the University. “TD” provides a special opportunity for minorities and disadvantaged persons.

Talent Development at URI includes a spring Saturday PREP Program and Pre-Mat, an intense six-week academic summer experience on the Kingston campus, which many TD students mark as a turning point in their lives. Upon successful completion of the TD summer program, each student arrives in Kingston in September as a URI student and a member of Talent Development. TD provides students with special academic advising, financial aid based on need, and a strong support community.

Any Rhode Island resident may apply for Talent Development. Specifically, the program looks for minority and/or disadvantaged students who, without TD and its support services, could not expect to be admitted to URI. Even those who finished high school a while ago, or have a GED, may still be eligible for Talent Development.

To find out more about Talent Development at URI or its application process, ask your guidance counselor, call 401.874.2901, or visit uri.edu/talent_development.

Women’s Center. Female-identified students make up more than half of URI’s total student population. The URI Women’s Center, administered by the Office of Community, Equity, and Diversity, provides the necessary resources to help create an environment rich in role models and free of sexual inequities. In addition, it coordinates lectures, programs, and activities of special interest to those concerned with gender and leadership. Located at 22 Upper College Road, the Women’s Center includes a residential component for female-identified students committed to building community through leadership and service; a Violence Prevention & Advocacy Services Program; a mentoring program called WOWW (We’re Offering Women Wisdom) for first-year students; the Women’s Leadership Coalition; the Women of Color Network (WOCN) for faculty and staff; and a LBTQQ group for female-identified students. Phone: 401.874.2097. uri.edu/women_center.