Student Union

Students advocating on campus
What We Do

Right off the quad, the Student Union is the heartbeat of student life on campus, a place of chance encounters, late night study sessions over pizza, and an unwavering RIC spirit that echoes in its halls.

Contact Information
Dedicated to student voice and governance, the Union houses our Student Community Government, all the student organization offices including our Student Programming Board, Greek Life, and the student-run marketing department (SA).

The Student Union is also home to Student Activities, the Military Resource Center, and Student Union Programming. You can get a quick bite at the Beestro on the lower level while you check your mailbox, and then head upstairs for the Student ID office and our bookstore. There’s a sky bridge that connects the Student Union with our Dining Hall, where you can also find the Unity Center. Right behind the Student Union is our campus Media Center that houses the student newspaper, The Anchor, our radio station WXIN, and Anchor TV. 

Student Organizations

Community Service 

Rhode Island College provides opportunities for students to be agents of change and positively impact others and their communities through leadership development and service to others. RIC offers many opportunities to gain valuable leadership skills throughout campus. 

The College sponsors service opportunities all year long, including Service Saturdays and the MLK Day of Service every year in January. RIC also has created partnerships with agencies such as, 

  • Beat the Streets Providence
  • A Wish Come True
  • Rhode Island Black Storytellers
  • Connecting Children and Families
  • Sojourner House
  • Clothes to Kids RI

For more community service opportunities and a fill list of participating agencies, submit our interest form. 

Interest Form

Student Leadership Awards

For full award descriptions and qualifications for individual and organization awards, contact

Our students serve others in a variety of capacities through their time working at jobs and internships, providing assistance to friends and family members, volunteering with community service organizations, and participating in campus involvement programs.  Their many contributions embody the mission of the College to promote civic engagement and public service, which leads to the enrichment of the entire community. 

This award ceremony is intended to recognize students of Rhode Island College who have demonstrated leadership potential both on and off campus.  The Office of Student Life has the privilege of honoring exceptional students for their impact as leaders within our College, state, and global communities.  These awards celebrate students who display good character, respect, dignity, inclusiveness, professionalism, and compassion. 

Individual Awards

  • Alan J. Chille Leadership Excellence
  • Vital Contribution to the Community
  • Campus Spirit 
  • Rising Star
  • Student Employee Award
  • Outstanding Graduate Leadership

Organization Outreach Award

Presented to student organizations that have formed successful partnerships with local, national, or international organizations in an effort to make a positive impact on society.  These organizations are in good standing with Student Community Government, Inc. and Student Activities, and demonstrate the following qualities: 

  • Adherence to and promotion of their organizations' mission and values 
  • Positive relationships with and respect from partnership organizations 
  • Concerted effort to understand and address the specific needs of the community in a respectful, compassionate manner 
  • Understanding of the concepts of community building, civic engagement, and public service 
  • Ambassadorship of Rhode Island College and adherence to its mission 


Rhode Island College students in front of Library

Emerging Leaders

A feature program offered is the Emerging Leaders Program, helping students realize their potential and participate in interactive workshops and experimental learning opportunities. Emerging Leaders will provide students with the foundation to develop, both personally and professionally, skills to network, define their goals and become a more successful global citizen. 

Students networking in ALEX & ANI Hall

Leadership Weekend

Student Leadership Weekend is planned by students from the Emerging Leaders program and is designed to give Rhode Island College students the opportunity to meet new people, gain leadership skills and enjoy a weekend away from campus! 

The program is FREE to students!