Community Development Day

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All RIC employees are invited to attend RIC’s inaugural Community Development Day - an opportunity to gather and learn from other colleagues, to foster an inclusive community, and to focus on our amazing students! Many breakout sessions (outlined in our Schedule of Events) will be presented by our own RIC faculty and staff. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Community Development Day, Becoming a Student-Ready College, August 19, 2024 promotional graphic

Becoming a Student-Ready College

This year’s theme, Becoming a Student-Ready College, “requires more than a mission or diversity statement that touts philosophical ideals of inclusiveness. Being a student-ready college even means more than expressed commitments to inclusion and student-centeredness. A student-ready college is one that strategically and holistically advances student success and works tirelessly to educate all students for civic and economic participation in a global, interconnected society.”  (Excerpt from Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success)

Schedule of Events

9:00–9:30 amContinental BreakfastRoberts Hall
9:30–10:30 amIntroduction by President Warner and
Keynote with Dr. Tia Brown McNair
Roberts Hall
10:30–11:00 amTransition to Breakout Sessions 
11:00 am–12:00 pmBreakout Sessions 1Various Campus Locations
12:00–12:15 pmTransition to Lunch 
12:15–1:15 pmBBQ LunchDonovan Dining Hall/Quad
1:15–1:30 pmTransition to Breakout Sessions 
1:30–2:30 pmBreakout Sessions 2Various Campus Locations
2:30–2:45 pmTransition to Closing Session 
2:45–3:15 pmDebrief SessionRoberts Hall
3:15–3:45 pmClosing Session with Dr. Tia Brown McNairRoberts Hall

Please Note: More details on the concurrent sessions will be shared in early August 2024.


Doctor Tia Brown McNair

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is a Partner at Sova, a company that facilitates transformative change through actionable strategies and practical implementation support. She also serves as a Senior Consultant with AAC&U, where she was the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers. In her senior leadership position at AAC&U, she oversaw both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices (HIPs), student success, and campus climate, and directed AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on HIPs and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers. She is the co-author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016 and August 2022 Second edition). McNair is the editor of Strengthening Campus Communities Through the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Framework published by Routledge in June 2024. In May 2023, McNair received an honorary degree from Franklin Pierce University for her national work to dismantle a false belief in a hierarchy of human value and for her efforts to advance racial equity to support the success of all students. NASPA, the association of Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, named McNair the 2024 recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education Award.

Her book, Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success, is available via this link from the Adams Library. 

In Appreciation

With special thanks to the Community Development Day organizing committee: 

  • Patrice Mettauer (chair), Jennifer Boulay, Kathleen Coutley, Christine Marco, Cherèva McClellan, Olubunmi Okele, and M. Gabriela Torres 
  • With expert guidance from Patricia Nolin, Amelia Rogers, and Jeanette St. Pierre
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Community Development Planning Team

Patrice Mettauer

Dr. Patrice Mettauer

Assistant Vice Provost