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University of Rhode Island

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
45 Upper College Rd
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881
Phone
(401) 874-1000
Email address
admission@uri.edu
School Information
"The University of Rhode Island is a diverse and dynamic community whose members are connected by a common quest for knowledge. "As a major research university defined by innovation and big thinking, URI offers its undergraduate, graduate, and professional students distinctive educational opportunities designed to meet the global challenges of today’s world and the rapidly evolving needs of tomorrow. That’s why we’re here." The university enrolls over 16,800 students, offers over 200 academic programs, and has a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source: https://www.uri.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.uri.edu/about/facts/)
General Information
The University of Rhode Island has pledged to create "diversity coordinators in each college and division of the university who will work...on issues specific to their college/division related to recruitment and retention, professional development, student success, and curriculum development." No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Student Affairs Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Steering Committee promotes and advocates “for social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion” through a number of actionable strategies and resources including student employee training across justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) education.
  • The university offers a Social Justice, and Inclusion Microcredential that “offers anti-oppression educational development workshop modules.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of the Bachelor’s degree general education requirements, all undergraduate students are required to complete 3 credit hours of Learning Outcome C3 - Diversity and Inclusion responsibilities.
Resources
  • The university pledged to, "Create diversity coordinators in each college and division of the university who will work in collaboration with the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity on issues specific to their college/division related to recruitment and retention, professional development, student success, and curriculum development."
  • Within the Office for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning at the university, the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) division promotes faculty developing inclusive curriculum by offering resources on “Grading for Equitable Learning,” an “Inclusive Syllabus,” and “Anti-Racist and Decolonizing Pedagogy.”
  • Community, Equity, and Diversity (CED) at the university has established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 365 Symposium. The theme of this year’s symposium is Allyship.
  • The Community, Equity, and Diversity (CED) offers a number of resources, including a Bias Resource Team as well as Diversity Dialogues and Open Forums to promote equity and inclusivity.
Symbolic Actions
  • URI will be redesigning the interior of its "Memorial Union" space because the existing murals did not contain "diversity and a sensitivity to today’s complex and painful problems."
  • The university has appointed a "diversity, equity expert as interim head of Multicultural Center."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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