Multicultural Resources and Departments on Campus
If you are thinking about adding multicultural topics to your classroom or just interested in learning more about who your students are, there are many departments on campus to visit or talk to. Here is a list of departments and resources on campus. If you would like to add your department to this list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies – The center offers trainings, academic courses, programs, and events related to nonviolence. For instance, every summer they offer an International Nonviolence Summer Institute which connects national and international participants who are interested in learning about peace, nonviolence, civil resistance, and social change. The center also offers an interdisplinary minor in Nonviolence and Peace Studies for your students.
- Gender and Sexuality Center – The center works directly with students to facilitate and promote individual growth, but they also provide educational workshops for students, faculty and staff. If you are interested in covering LGBTQ issues in your classroom, but not sure how this might be a great place to start.
- Multicultural Center – The center hosts a variety of events targeted at multicultural issues and interests. Specifically, the center organizes (with the collaboration of other departments on campus) the University of Rhode Island’s annual Diversity Week which “celebrates the importance of diversity and identity in higher education, in the workplace, in the community, and in the global arena”.
- Science Education and Society Research Program – The SEAS Research Program is based in the Department of Biology and researches specific pedagogical questions and the role of social context in the classroom.
- Women’s Center – The center works to create an inclusive environment free of sexual bias and develop women’s “abilities, talents, values and diverse identities”. The center provides trainings for students (e.g. URI 101) in addition to events related to women’s issues.
- Talent Development Program – TD is a URI program that serves Rhode Island high school students from disadvantaged backgrounds, a majority of TD students are students of color. Many of your students may be in TD so being aware of the background of this program and your students’ connections to the campus could be useful.
- URI Chaplains Association -The association is a body of religious professionals at URI, who, in addition to serving their own faith communities, work together to foster dialogue, understanding and respect among people of different faiths and traditions. They encourage anyone to visit and learn more about religious diversity.