Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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What We Do

The Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion leads institutional initiatives that promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community.

Contact Information

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) is within the Office of the President, and is home to the Disability Services Center and the Office of Institutional Equity (Title IX and Affirmative Action). 

Our mission is to advance racial and gender equity and social justice across the college and our community at large. Our team promotes inclusion for all students, faculty, and staff and members of all protected classes.

We offer training and consultation, resources and events, and enforce the prohibition of discrimination with the intention to foster a diverse, supportive, welcoming, and safe campus climate for all. 

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Bias Incident Response

Rhode Island College is committed to fostering an inclusive campus culture that rejects bias in all forms, including: racism, sexism, ableism, discrimination, and other forms of marginalization. This bias reporting system is one way for all members of the college community to share their experiences of bias incidents. All information collected here will be used to identify trends and patterns of bias and discrimination observed by our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. These data will inform future campus climate initiatives.

Our Staff

The staff within the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion are committed to ensuring compliance with state and federal civil rights laws and guidelines, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, and the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991 (among others).

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Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity provides education, training and outreach regarding issues of access, equity, opportunity and Title IX.

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Disability Services Center

The Disability Services Center serves students with all types of disabilities: mobility, hearing, vision, motor, psychological, learning (including attention disorders), speech, chronic disease, and other conditions.

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RIC Assessment of Climate for Learning, Living and Working (2019)

The college undertook the campus climate survey to evaluate the current campus climate as it is experienced and perceived by all members of the college community. The goals were multifold:
- Identify successful initiatives.
- Uncover any challenges facing members of the Rhode Island College community.
- Develop strategic initiatives to build on successes, address challenges, and create lasting positive change.

To ensure full transparency and to provide a more complete perspective, Rhode Island College contracted with Rankin & Associates Consulting (R&A) to help lead this effort. Beginning on March 2018, an R&A team worked with a Campus Climate Working Group (CCWG) of Rhode Island College students, staff, and faculty to develop an assessment and promote it during the March 19 to April 19 survey administration period. Two thousand five hundred sixty-three (2,563) members of the Rhode Island College community completed the Rhode Island College Assessment of Campus Climate for Learning, Living, and Working, which represented a 30% response rate.