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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.

Our plans:

  • 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.


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