Division of Student Affairs

Memorial Union Room 305, 50 Lower College Rd, Kingston, RI 02881 - 401.874.2427

Diversity Committee

Established November 2004


Committee Charge

The committee will advise and assist the Vice President of Student Affairs and, when appropriate, members of the Division of Student Affairs on a range of diversity issues including but not limited to the following:

  1. Proposing strategies for amplifying and implementing the diversity goals in the division of student affairs Strategic Plan;
  2. Promoting dialogue and consultation that advances the integration of cultural competence into professional practice;
  3. Promoting opportunities for the development of relationships within and between the division and its constituencies that have the effect of improving the campus climate;
  4. Offering recommendations for maximizing the retention and success of students from historically underrepresented populations;
  5. Encouraging linkages between diversity programming, assessment, and student learning; and
  6. Creating opportunities to identify diversity needs of students, faculty and staff at URI.

Meetings are the first Wednesdays from September – June; Please contact Robert Vincent at (401)874-2426 or Carol Pegg at (401)874-2427 for schedules and locations.

The Student Affairs Diversity Committee seeks collaboration with the Academic Affairs Diversity Task Force, and with other URI Division Diversity Committees.

The Student Affairs Diversity Committee encourages collaboration with both student and staff organizations.

By request we are available to provide statements of endorsement for University of Rhode Island diversity events and activities. Please contact Robert Vincent or Carol Pegg.

Separately, organizations and individuals may apply to the Student Affairs Diversity Grant Fund for small grants to support diversity related events or projects.

Committee Membership:

Includes departments that administratively report to the VP Student Affairs, and Student Affairs Affiliate departments whose work relates to historically under-represented student populations at URI.

Carol Pegg, Office of the VP for Student Affairs, Co-chair 
Robert Vincent, Center for Student Leadership, Co-chair
Ellen Reynolds, Health Services
John Sears, Assistant VP for Student Affairs, Director, Housing & Residential Life
Jacqui Tisdale, Disability Services, Dean of Students Office
Bobby Britto-Oliveira, Talent Development
Pamela Rohland, Disability Services, Dean of Students Office
Gerald Williams, Talent Development
Robert Samuels, Counseling Center
Amy Olson, Hillel

Student Affairs Affiliates and Colleagues

Amy Olson, Hillel, URI Chaplains Association
Naomi Thompson, Associate VP, Division of Community Equity & Diversity
Annie M. Kosar, LGBT Center, Division of CED
Carolyn Sovet, Women’s Center, Division of CED
Melvin Wade, Multicultural Center, Division of CED


Meeting Minutes
Academic Year 2014-2015
Academic Year 2012-2013
Academic Year 2011-2012
Academic Year 2010-2011
Executive Documents
Related Links
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