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Committee Involvements

Our teams in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—namely, the Associate Vice President and the directors and staff members of the Office of Institutional Equity and Disability Services—wear many hats. In addition to administrating day-to-day operations, our team members lead and participate in various committees at RIC and across the state.

Below is an partial list of the different professional groups in which our dedicated staff regularly offer their insight and expertise in making our college and our greater community at large a more equitable, inclusive place:

Internal Committees

Accessibility Task Force (ATF)

A campus-wide standing committee led by the Office of Community, Equity and Diversity and representing a diverse body of stakeholders, will review accessibility matters across the RIC campus. The scope of work will include issues of accessibility and compliance with Section 504 of the American Disabilities Act pertaining to but not limited to the following: (1) experiences in and out of the classroom, (2) facilities, (3) communications, (4) technology, and (5) student life. The committee’s work will result in a set of recommendations to enhance the sense of belonging, inclusivity, and climate of our campus.

This group will also bring together representatives from 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.

Behavioral Engagement Team (aka HOPE Team)

A team supporting student success and retention through outreach to students of concern attending Rhode Island College.

Dialogue on Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) Committee

An ongoing program with the purpose of providing leadership and coordination of appropriate activities in furtherance of the college’s commitment in the area of promoting an understanding of and appreciation for the increasingly diverse backgrounds and beliefs of those who comprise the community.

Safety and Security Committee

An advisory committee to the college administration because there is no greater responsibility than to assure the safety of our students, faculty and staff on campus. The purpose of this committee is to: offer recommendations to the administration regarding issues of campus safety and security; receive regular reports from Campus Police on accreditation and quality assurance efforts, and; provide guidance on strengthening relationships between campus safety and students, faculty, and staff.

About the Safety and Security Committee

Meeting Agenda - 7-14-2020

External 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

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.

RI Office of Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity (ODEO) Diversity Liaisons

A team of employees from various state agencies who build relations and share resources with each other to help address areas of underrepresentation.

State of Rhode Island Governor’s Commission on Disabilities

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.

Page last updated: September 04, 2020