Multicultural Student Services Center

74 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2851 Fax: 401.874.5952

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 URI Diversity Week

Sept. 25 – Oct. 3

Please join us for the more than 70 talks, workshops and activities, most at the Multicultural Student Services Center, 74 Lower College Road on the Kingston campus. This year’s program explores satire as a way to change how we think about issues involving race, gender, sexuality and religion. All events are free and open to the public, but registration would be appreciated.

Download our Diversity Week schedule.

Register for Diversity Week.

Director Melvin Wade with students of diversity

URI’s Multicultural Student Services Center Leads Initiative to Develop Freedom Summer Archives

Fifty years ago, a delegation of predominantly white students from primarily Northern colleges were invited by Bob Moses of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and others to come to Mississippi and other Southern states to collaborate with the predominantly African-American civil rights organizations in exposing racial segregation to the national consciousness. Click to read more.


URI’s Multicultural Student Services Center to host 19th annual Diversity Week, Sept. 25-Oct. 3

beattyThe University of Rhode Island will celebrate its differences – sometimes with a heavy dose of humor – during a week of talks, workshops and activities during Diversity Week, Sept. 25 through Oct. 3.

The keynote speaker is Paul Beatty, a poet and novelist whose latest book, “The Sellout,’’ is a satirical look at a modern-day slave owner. Critics have praised Beatty for using humor to talk about racism with uncommon frankness.


World-famous singer from India to give two premier concert performances at URI, one classical, the other jazz

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Jazz and the music of India will merge at the University of Rhode Island with concerts by Dhanashree Pandit-Rai, a world-famous singer from Mumbai who is visiting the University for two weeks.

Dhanashree will give two free concerts at URI during her stay as a Distinguished Visiting Artist and a guest of Diversity Week.




MCC Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer Project
Half a century ago Providence lawyer Malcolm Farmer was beaten for defending civil rights workers in the segregated South, but it feels like yesterday. "I will never forget it," says Farmer. Now Farmer and other civil rights activists from New England will have their stories preserved forever, thanks to the University of Rhode Island.
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