We are committed to building and sustaining a caring campus community that appreciates each member’s uniqueness and resolves issues that cause divisiveness.
In March of 2021, our community participated in a survey in which they shared their experiences and perceptions concerning diversity, equity, and inclusion at URI. Subsequent discussions about the survey’s findings have resulted in a list of recommendations with some actions commencing as early as the summer of 2022.
- Create a safer campus, which includes preventing sexual assault and harassment, providing more support to individuals affected by sexual misconduct, and implementing strong bias-response policies.
- Address challenges that disproportionately affect women faculty and staff. Such challenges include childcare, the workplace impact of COVID-19, service loads, and sexual assault.
- Provide more opportunities for faculty and staff of color to engage with University leaders and one another.
- Ensure staff and employee interests are considered in URI Board of Trustees proceedings.
- Offer greater employee knowledge- and skills-enhancing professional development opportunities. This includes job-related training and development, as well as specific learning in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Evaluate and optimize recognition and funding models for student organizations, especially multicultural student organizations at URI. As appropriate, implement strategic resource support for targeted student activities or organizations.
- Improve unit- and university-level cultures of employee recognition and appreciation.