External Affairs

Rhode Island College Mount Pleasant Avenue entrance
What We Do

We coordinate legislative activities at the state and federal level while engaging external stakeholders in support of the mission, goals and priorities of the college.

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Rhode Island College is Rhode Island's College and our impact is undeniable.

Positively Impacting the State

As the state's first institution of higher education, Rhode Island College is fully committed to a Rhode Island where all citizens are educated and can thrive as part of the state's vibrant community of opportunity. Here are just some of the ways Rhode Island College makes an everyday impact on the state we call home.

  • $99.3M annual economic impact
  • 70% of our alumni live in Rhode island after graduation, contributing to the state's economy
  • $56M in labor income to the state
  • 1,546 jobs supported
  • 1,250 people employed

Rhode Island College opens doors of opportunity for a diverse population of students, more than 40% of whom identify as people of color.  Our graduates can be found in every community and in every sector contributing to the health and vitality of the Ocean State.

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Legislative Priorities

In collaboration with state stakeholders, we commit to ensuring all Rhode Islanders have access to a high-quality, postsecondary education that drives social mobility and economic prosperity. To meet the needs of our current and future students, RIC will expand and accelerate flexible degree offerings to include nights, weekends, online and hybrid learning.


Student Community Government

Student Community Government (SCG) Inc. acts as the voice of the student body. Members are elected by their peers and work closely with the RIC administration to collaborate and problem-solve issues that affect students. SCG funds and oversees all student organizations and advocates for student-related initiatives at Rhode Island College.

Alumni Board members Hilary Lima and Diane Medeiros

Alumni Advocacy

The Rhode Island College Alumni Association proudly serves our 75,000+ graduates by providing resources, events and benefits exclusively to our alumni community. Advocacy is a top priority for the Alumni Association, which is guided by its A.N.C.H.O.R. strategies: Advocate, Network, Contribute, Help, Organize, Recruit and Serve.


Faculty Advocacy

RIC/AFT unites members of the Rhode Island College faculty in a federation for mutual assistance in order to promote the interests of the faculty and the teaching profession and to protect an atmosphere and structure of academic freedom for faculty and students in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and in the acquisition and dissemination of skills.


Staff Advocacy

The Professional Staff Association at Rhode Island College (PSA@RIC) is the bargaining unit for individuals in a variety of administrative, non-teaching faculty and technical staff positions at the college. The PSA@RIC is Local 3302 of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), affiliated with the AFLCIO and is a proud partner in the effort to provide top-quality educational services at Rhode Island College.

Alumni in Public Service

A Rhode Island College degree has provided a pathway for several graduates to distinguish themselves as public servants at the federal, state and local levels.

First Lady of Rhode Island Susan McKee, '73, M.Ed. '77, M.Ed. '89