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Alan Shawn Feinstein Institute for Philanthropic Leadership

The Feinstein Institute offers the Certificate Program in Nonprofit Studies, a 16-credit professional credential for undergraduates, graduates, and nonprofit-organization employees who wish to strengthen their skills in not-for-profit program development, strategic planning, human resources, budgeting, ethical practice, grant writing, program evaluation, and philanthropy.

Child Welfare Institute


Tonya Glantz
Building No. 9 - East Campus 135
(401) 456-4626

Charged with developing training programs for child welfare workers and establishing and maintaining development programs for staff and collaborative partners, the Child Welfare Institute provides a learning environment that is nurturing, supportive, and enriching, to advocate for children, youth, and families. The institute is jointly administered by the dean of the School of Social Work and the director of the state Department of Children, Youth & Families. It is guided by an advisory committee composed of key stakeholders from throughout Rhode Island.

Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies

Marie Fraley
Forman Center 201
(401) 456-8476


The Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies works with students and the wider Portuguese-speaking community to learn about the language and culture, and to apply their speaking and writing skills to career goals, community service, academic endeavors, the arts, and the promotion of the Portuguese culture. The institute also serves as a nucleus for historical, pedagogical, research, and evaluative resources, and is a gathering place for cultural and academic events.

Outreach Programs

Website: Outside Link

Jenifer Giroux
Associate Vice President
Building No. 8 - East Campus
(401) 456-8990

​Outreach Programs works exclusively with individuals who are outside of the economic mainstream because of limited language capabilities and cultural differences. This affiliate of the center provides English-language and vocational training as well as job skills and job placement services. All programs use state-of-the-art assistive technology in the classroom and workplace to enhance learning for a more skilled employee.

Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Website: Outside Link

A. Anthony Antosh
Sherlock Center on Disabilities
(401) 456-8072

Founded in 1993, the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities is one of sixty-one nationally designated University Centers of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities. It promotes community membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work, and society. The program implements this goal by providing training and technical assistance on issues important to persons with disabilities, by conducting research, and by disseminating information about current research and effective practices. Last year more than 18,000 persons with disabilities, family members, and practitioners participated in Sherlock Center activities.

Page last updated: June 02, 2016