Diversity Statement

Housing and Residential Life (HRL) embraces and values diversity by focusing on people, environment, and staffing practices. Our organizational appreciation for diversity, championed by every member of our organization, is both a goal and a means to promote unity and teamwork.

See the University’s Policy Statement on Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.

Donnie Taveras and Yihra Peralta


We value all members who live and work in our residential communities regardless of age, color, ethnicity, gender, sex, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability, identity, or socio-economic background.


We strive to be an organization where diverse views, peoples, and experiences are welcomed and respected. We endeavor to create an environment that affords students and staff to explore, discover and grow. We offer gender-inclusive housing options to students who are interested.

Staffing Practices

We are dedicated to recruiting, hiring, promoting, and retaining a diverse staff who, in turn, can deliver a range of programs, services, and co-curricular experiences that enhance student success and reflect our value of diversity in our residential communities. We will strive for a diverse applicant pool through purposeful and thoughtful recruitment efforts. We will strive to promote and maintain a welcoming and supportive learning and working environment.

Housing and Residential Life also embraces the value of constructive and continued dialogue to drive our efforts to learn and develop new interpretations of diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice to help us become a better organization and strive to meet our organizational mission.

HRL Diversity Committee

The HRL Diversity Committee is a standing department committee that is charged with supporting and enhancing the advancement of inclusion, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice at the University of Rhode Island through programs and initiatives specific to on-campus housing, as well as partnerships with campus-wide partners.

Diversity at HRL

Resident Advisor (RA) Training

The Department of Housing and Residential Life (HRL) impacts and provides support for the advancement of inclusion and diversity at URI in many ways. HRL has co-sponsored the very successful student-initiated DIVE RI Conference. Housing works closely with our campus partners, such as Talent Development, The Division of Community, Equity and Diversity, Office of International Students and Scholars, Student Senate and respective student organizations Several of our staff are associated with the University’s Talent Development Program and we work very closely with the leadership of the TD Program. Housing maintains collaborative partnerships with the Office of Disability Student Services and the Multicultural Student Services Center.

HRL has provided guidance and support to the Women’s Center especially during the startup of the Women in Leadership House. Housing collaborates with the Gender and Sexuality Center to promote supportive residential environments, educate and train staff, and co-sponsor the Gender, Equity, and Leadership in Sexuality (GELS) living-learning community. Additionally, the department is integrated into the University’s bias response network and protocols to ensure the residential communities are safe and supportive for all students. Housing is committed to enhancing inclusion and diversity at URI, and we are equally committed to expanding our role and contributions toward that goal. We invite feedback and suggestions on how we can build upon and strengthen those efforts.

Recent departmental diversity initiatives include:

  • Sponsoring the Real Conversations at Home series
  • Co-sponsor and provide funding for RAs to attend DIVE RI Conference
  • Gender, Equity and Leadership Living Learning Community
  • 100% of RAs and RAMs are Safe Zone Trained
  • LGBTQ friendly roommate matching system
  • Gender inclusive housing options

Diversity Resources at URI

Information and resources pertaining to inclusion, diversity, and multiculturalism at URI can be found at URI’s Office of Community, Equity and Diversity.