Push for Diversity

Bristol R.I.- The student population on the Roger Williams University campus is currently 74.5% white. Although it has decreased over the years their is still room for improvement.

It is shown through the voices of students and faculty that their needs to be a bigger push for diversity whether it is in class rooms or in clubs. Anteneh Mekonnen and Elfreda Hoff spoke strongly about this issue with ways they would like to see it be improved. Both as students of minority on campus they do not interact with many people other than the ones in their own friend group, and this is what they want to be changed.

Gabriella Porcaro the LGBTQ coordinator on campus brought up how students on campus are used to certain things so they lack the desire to go get new experiences and that is what needs to be taught in the classrooms. The student body needs to understand the importance of diversity and how to interact with diverse people.

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Students Fight for Diversity on Campus

Bristol R.I.- According to statistics, 74.5% of undergraduate students are white and 87.1 % of the faculty is white on the Roger Williams University campus. Additionally 75% of students on campus are white. As a private university in the small town of Bristol Rhode Island, Roger Williams struggles to have a fully diverse campus. Anteneh Mekonnen and Elfreda Hoff speak about how they feel being a minority on campus and their hopes to break that gap.

Gabriella Porcaro the LGBTQ coordinator, spoke as a faculty member and a diversity advocate bringing up the barriers the school faces. Porcaro mentioned how Roger Williams University has a very homogenous student body and when students are used to a certain surrounding they are most likely going to lack the desire to interact with people who are different than them.

As students on campus, Mekonnen and Hoff  struggle to feel fully comfortable and would like to see an effort to bring everyone together. Mekonnen speaks about his connection with the Intercultural Center on campus and the lack of white people that come because they assume it is “only for black people,” which he says is, “completely false”. 

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The Intercultural Center on Roger Williams University Campus.

Outside of their own friend groups they do not see diversity, only the predominantly white campus. Not only is it with in the students but also throughout faculty. Mekonnen brings up a valid point of the struggle of seeing a successful future  for himself when the only people he sees succeeding are his predominantly white faculty.

Roger Williams University currently ranks six out of the top ten universities in the state of Rhode Island, and Mekonnen spoke about how he has seen growth in diversity since his freshman year (now being a senior). Although progress has been made, it is clear that their is still improving to do between faculty and students.

These voices deserve to be heard and it is clear that Roger Williams still has work to do to improve this gap between the minority and the majority.

Diversity at Roger Williams University

Bristol R.I.- As a private university in the small town of Bristol Rhode Island, Roger Williams struggles to have a fully diverse campus. Anteneh Mekonnen and Elfreda Hoff speak about how they feel being a minority on campus.

Both students struggle to feel fully comfortable on campus and would like to see an effort to bring everyone together. Outside of their own friend groups they do not see diversity, only the predominantly white campus.

Their voices deserve to be heard and it is clear that Roger Williams still has work to do to improve this gap between the minority and the majority.

Roger Williams University Lacks Diversity but makes Top 10 for college diversity in Rhode Island

Bristol R.I.- It is currently well known that Roger Williams University has an issue with diversity on campus. It is known as a predominantly white school and has been given the name ” Rich White Under achievers”  which stands for RWU.

Kennede Ebejer a junior here at Roger Williams University speaks about how she feels coming from such a small town in Vermont with high expectations for a diverse campus. Although she is amongst the white students on campus she is disappointed with the lack of diversity she sees.

Ebejer speaks about how similar her small high school is to this university which is a large issue. According to statistics, 74.5% of undergraduate students are white and 87.1 % of the faculty is white on the Roger Williams University campus. Additionally 75% of students on campus are white.

Roger Williams University currently ranks six out of the top ten universities in the state of Rhode Island.

Here is a map of the 2018 Top 10 Diverse Colleges in Rhode Island.

 

 

 

 

Roger Williams University Fights to Beat Stereotype

At Roger Williams University, people may not be aware of the way most Bristol residents see the students. Often they say RWU stands for “rich white underachievers” and do not enjoy the rowdiness of college kids and the way the school acts in the community.

There are clear pros and cons that Bristol Residents see but they may not be getting the full picture. Vice President of Community Relations at Roger Williams University, Peter B. Wilbur spoke to clear the air with these issues. Emily Geoffroy a 21-year-old Senior and full time resident of Bristol, spoke her mind on this issue as a townie and also as a student.

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