Multicultural Student Services Center

74 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

mssc@etal.uri.edu401.874.2851 Fax: 401.874.5952

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2018 URI Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 23, 2018
Dinner and Awards, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Memorial Union Ballroom, 50 Lower College Road
URI Kingston Campus

Please click here to register for the Award Ceremony. Seating is limited.

   Introducing our new Director!!!


George Gallien

Gallien joins the University from Berea College in Berea, Ky., where he was an academic success associate. Before Berea College, Gallien was with Eastern Kentucky University from 2010 to 2016, first as director of the EKU Cultural Center, then assistant dean of students and diversity initiatives in addition to his role as center director. Earlier Gallien was associate chaplain and director of interfaith ministry at Loyola University in New Orleans from 2001 to 2010.

“A Louisiana native, George Gallien says he’s ready to ‘hit the ground running’ with programming ideas, but he’ll also bring innovative approaches to the successful programs created so many years ago by our former director Melvin Wade,” said Naomi Thompson, URI associate vice president for community, equity and diversity.

In all of his academic positions, Gallien took the lead in creating an open and welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and community members of diverse backgrounds. His work helped to build and foster each school’s diversity strategic plan.

In addition to his years of experience in higher education, Gallien has a rich background of hands-on work and advocacy. Before Loyola University, he had been the director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Collaborative for five years, an outreach worker, youth specialist, teacher, day counselor and clinical associate.

Gallien earned a Master’s of Pastoral Studies (MPS) from Loyola University in New Orleans and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Grambling State in Louisiana. Throughout his career, Gallien has received numerous awards from community organizations, programs and student groups.

Stop by and welcome George Gallien to the Rhody family!

Multicultural Student Org Senior Farewell Video







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DIVE RI Conference

Diversifying Individuals Via Education (D.I.V.E), Rhode Island Conference seeks to promote intercultural competence and inclusion on college campuses through workshops and discussions.

Who we are

We are a group of student leaders seeking to educate ourselves, the University of Rhode Island, and fellow college students about pertinent issues around race and ethnicity inclusion in higher education.

What we do

We educate, communicate with fellow schools and departments, and change the world one annual conference at a time.

Why us?

Student involvement is the catalyst of innovative ways to reach our generation and as a conference planned by students and for students we hope to be that catalyst.

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Monday: 8am - 9pm Tuesday: 8am - 9pm Wednesday: 8am - 9pm Thursday: 8am - 9pm Friday: 8am - 9pm Weekends: As requested

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