We believe the mission and vision of the URI Multicultural Student Services Center are grounded in the values upon which the theory and practice of multiculturalism were founded:
Social Change: We believe that society can be fair and just in eradicating structural barriers to maximizing full participation and development for all.
Social Accountability. We believe that society can be fair and just in assuming personal, familial, organizational, institutional, societal, and global responsibility for the impact of our choices and behaviors on each other.
Social Empowerment. We believe that society can be fair and just in acting together to involve others to provide opportunities for personal, familial, organizational, institutional, societal, and global transformation.
Cultural Construction of Learning. We believe that learning is most effective when we realize it is subjectively shaped by the cultural environment in which it takes place, including the ways of making meaning and the framework of ideas shared by members of groups.
Critical Thinking. We believe that learning is most effective when learners have the opportunity to systematically examine and reexamine the assumptions underlying what they know to be true, in safe learning and development environments.
Relational Learning. We believe that learning is most effective when the learning process is collaboratively shared with others within a systematic framework of reciprocal expectations and responsibilities.
Personal, Social and Cultural Development
Integration of the Self with Society and Culture. We believe that development is most effective when it is understood that authentic knowledge of society and culture begins with the growth and maturation of the self, and the acquisition of life skills.
Experiential Learning and Development. We believe that development is most effective when learners have the opportunity to actively search for meaning in individual and group experiences and in meaningful contexts.
“Whole Person” Wellness. We believe that development and learning are requisite and complementary to each other, grounded in social, cultural, emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Standards of Excellence. We believe that our work, life, and play should model high expectations, ethical and moral standards, and caring for self and others.
“Community of Practice”. We believe that our work will be more effective because we share with individuals and groups of professionals across disciplinary, institutional, and geographical boundaries the status of being bonded to each other by experience with a common set of problems and opportunities, a common pursuit of solutions, and a shared body of perspectives and practices.
Commitment to Students. We believe that our work finds its greatest reward in the impact that it has on the comprehensive learning, growth, and development of students, and their integration into the academic, professional, and lifelong learner communities.