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At the heart of L4L is the Navigator model of student support, peer-to-peer mentorship and linkages to resources for students through a network of trained students in partnership with the RIC School of Social Work. Navigators are Masters or Senior level students, from a diverse set of backgrounds and majors, whose primary role is to support the students we serve, called L4L Scholars. Each Navigator will work with a network of students, building bridges upon which students can reach each other and the resources they need for success. L4L and the School of Social Work have developed a multi-faceted training curriculum that is required for all L4L Navigators and taught by campus staff and faculty, as well as community partners.

The training program includes:

  • L4L Overview, Operations, and Findings from the Recent Evaluation
  • Who is the L4L Scholar?
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Principles of Practice: Boundaries, Use of Self, Confidentiality and Ethics
  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
  • Substance Use and Addictions
  • LGBTQ Awareness and Support
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Assertive Advising Strategies
  • Academic Guidance and Support
  • Basic Needs Resources: Housing, Food, Financial Support
  • Student Advocacy
  • Campus Tour

Educational Support Coordinators

The L4L Community is organized through networks of support led by Educational Support Coordinators who serve as the central point of contact for Scholars as well as the Navigators. ESC’s, as we call them, also coordinate project objectives including outreach to students, the development of marketing materials, communications, and collaborative initiatives. Clinical oversight for the Navigators is provided through a faculty member of the School of Social Work, Dr. Jennifer Meade and the Assistant Director of Learning for Life. 

Become a Navigator

Although the home base for Navigators is in the Adams Library, Level 1, some Navigators also spend time in our satellite L4L locations around campus including: the Disability Services Center, Women’s Center, Unity Center, Career Development Center, Outreach Programs, ALLIED, Graduate Studies, and the Counseling Center.

Become a Navigator

Navigators are multifaceted students from a diverse set of backgrounds and majors. If you would be interested in an internship or job as a Navigator please contact for more information.

For General Information you can call (401) 456-6320, fax us at (401) 456-6322, or email​


L4L Application

If you are interested in becoming a Learning for Life Scholar, please fill out this application and return it to the L4L office located in Adams Library, Level 1. We will link you with a Navigator and/or you will meet with an L4L staff member. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about your strengths and challenges and to provide insight about how we can best assist you on your course to success.  ​​​

Page last updated: August 20, 2018