Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Resources

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Collaborations and Committees

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) Accreditation Committee
for Standard 9: Integrity, Transparency, and Public Disclosure

A committee overseeing that accredited institutions subscribe to and advocate for high ethical standards in the management of their affairs and in their dealings with students, prospective students, faculty, staff, its governing board, external agencies and organizations, and the general public. This committee ensures that through their policies and practices, accredited institutions endeavor to exemplify the values they articulate in their missions and related statements.

This committee also oversees that information provided to students, prospective students, and other members of the public via the institutions’ websites provide information that is complete, accurate, timely, readily accessible, clear, and sufficient for intended audiences to make informed decisions about the institutions.

RI Cross-Campus Learning Collaborative for Sexual Violence Prevention is a partnership of colleges and universities across Rhode Island, the RI Department of Health, and the RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence which meets monthly and provides space for members to facilitate training and discussion surrounding specific sexual violence prevention topics. The collaborative integrates representation from sexual violence prevention staff on each of the eleven colleges/universities across the state. The collaborative offers program evaluation training and technical assistance, and it facilitates community-building of campus practitioners to learn from, support, and work with one another in their campus sexual violence prevention efforts.

The RI Office of Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity (ODEO) Diversity Liaisons is a team of employees from various state agencies who build relations and share resources with each other to help address areas of underrepresentation.

The State of Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities is a committee to ensure that all people with disabilities are afforded the opportunities to exercise all the rights and responsibilities accorded to citizens of this state and each person with a disability is able to reach his/her maximum potential in independence, human development, productivity and self-sufficiency.

The purpose of this committee is three-fold:
1) To offer recommendations to the administration regarding issues of campus safety and security;
2) To receive regular reports from Chief Mendonca on accreditation and quality assurance efforts;
3) Provide guidance on strengthening relationships between campus safety staff and students, faculty and staff.


  • Margaret (Peggy) Lynch-Gadaleta, Director of Institutional Equity (Co-chair)
  • Desiree Ciambrone, Professor of Sociology (Co-chair)
  • Darcy Dubois, Interim Dean of Students
  • Marianne Raimondo, Associate Professor and RIC Council Chair 
  • Peter Little, Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Pegah Rahmanian, Interim Associate Dean of Student Life
  • Anthony Peters, Building Superintendent
  • Allison Glasier, Assistant Director of Residential Life and Housing
  • Lieutenant David Henry, Campus Police
  • Shreena Patel, Student Community Government President
  • Major Oscar Perez, Providence Police Department


The purpose of the Bias Incident Response advisory committee is to enhance Rhode Island College’s commitment to best practice in diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff and students.

This committee supports the Office of Institutional Equity by:

  • Reviewing reports of bias incidents
  • Identifying trends and patterns in bias incidents
  • Recommending best practices as needed
  • Communicating committee activities to the Director of Institutional Equity
  • Submitting meeting minutes and producing a quarterly report for the Office of Institutional Equity
  • Review data and offer recommendations to the Office of Institutional Equity.

The committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Margaret (Peggy) Lynch-Gadaleta, Director of Institutional Equity (Chair)
  • Marianne Raimondo, College Council Chair, Associate Professor and the Director of the Health Care Administration program
  • Darcy Dubois, Interim Dean of Students
  • James Mendonca, Director of Security & Safety, Chief of Campus Police
  • Maggie Sullivan, Director of Human Resources
  • Pegah Rahmanian, Interim Associate Dean of Student Life
  • Megan Sumeracki, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Michael J. N. Campbell, Business Analyst
  • Brianna Dixon, Student Representative

This campus-wide standing committee, representing a diverse body of stakeholders, is established to review matters of disability accessibility across the RIC campus and led by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

The scope of work will address issues of accessibility pertaining—but not limited—to the following: (1) experiences in and out of the classroom, (2) facilities, (3) communications, (4) technology, and (5) student life. This will result in a set of phased recommendations to enhance the accessibility, inclusivity, and climate of our campus. 

On a continuing basis, this group will also bring together representatives from additional units and departments across the college to review, implement, and develop strategies, protocols and best practices as further topics relevant to accessibility are identified as areas of focus. 

This committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Keri Rossi-D'entremont, Assistant Dean of Accessibility and Inclusion (Co-Chair)

  • Mikaila Arthur, Professor and Chair of Sociology and Justice Studies (Co-Chair)

  • Christine (Chris) Marco, Professor of Psychology and FCTL Director

  • Erik Christiansen, Professor of History and RIC AFT President

  • Maggie Sullivan, Director of Human Resources and RIC ADA Coordinator

  • Dragan Gill, Associate Professor of Adams Library and FCTL Advisory Board Member

  • Michael J. N. Campbell, Business AnalystDave Toms, Director of User Support Services

  • Jack Mello, Lead Information Technologist

  • Karen Rubino, Director of Web Communications

  • James Tweed, Dean of Enrollment Management 

  • Darcy Dubois, Interim Dean of Students

  • Kavinda Arthenayake, Director of College Events and Conference Services


The Rhode Island College Helping Others Pursue Excellence (H.O.P.E.) Team engages in proactive and collaborative approaches to provide early identification, review, and management for students of concern and in need of support.

The H.O.P.E. team serves as a resource to the campus community by providing guidance for faculty and staff regarding how to seek assistance and refer students in need of support. In addition, the team seeks to create a network where the campus community can respond to situations involving students and work to connect them to essential support services on and/or off campus.

The H.O.P.E. team aims to promote student wellbeing and success while prioritizing the safety of students and the RIC community.

The 2021-2024 Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence in Action

The primary purpose of this document is to provide much needed clarity, strategy, and focus for the Rhode Island College (RIC) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) for a three-year period beginning in January 2021.