Events

Monday, October 6 – Friday, October 10

In the Community

Monday, October 6, Diversity & Inclusion Awards Luncheon, One Orms Street, Providence, RI, 12 - 1:30 p.m The 3rd annual awards luncheon recognizing Congressman James Langevin ‘90 and Adeola Oredola of Youth in Action for their work promoting equity and inclusion, featuring keynote speaker, Nadine Vogel, international expert on mainstreaming disability in the workforce, workplace and marketplace.
Sponsored by Diversity and Inclusion Professionals for registration information call 401-742-7891

All Week Long

Equality Shirts T-shirt salePurchase your $5 t-shirt all week long at the Unity Center. Various sizes with the signature Human Rights Campaign equal sign in gold on blue, or in pink on red for marriage equality.
Walt Whitman ExhibitUsing materials from Adams Library collections this lobby exhibit will focus on Whitman’s life, and will also feature several of the different editions of Leaves of Grass, on display all month. Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/whitman

Monday, October 6

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Hope Bus
On the Quad

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Hope Bus is an outreach program serving all of RI, with a focus on low income, uninsured and underinsured populations. In 2010 breast cancer became the no. 1 cause of cancer death in Hispanic women. The incidence of breast cancer is rising as more immigrants become acculturated to U.S. lifestyle. October is breast cancer awareness month. Learn about accessing affordable screenings, support & counseling. Sponsored by the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, the Women’s Center and The Unity Center

4 – 6 p.m.
What to Do When Stopped By the Police
Student Union 307

This program discusses common sense methods for police-citizen interactions which will allow students, faculty and staff to safely survive those encounters, promote better understanding of police procedures and methods, as well as attempt to strengthen relationships between police and community members. Some discussion will also be provided on issues related to recent events in New York City (Eric Garner death) and Ferguson, MO (Michael Brown shooting), as well as issues pertaining to the arming of sworn campus law enforcement officers.
Presenter: Charles P. Wilson, National Chairman National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers

4 – 8 p.m.
Interfaith Hour of Inspiration
Alger Hall 110

RIC Interfaith Center in conjunction with New Dimension Church ignites the RIC community through artistic expression including live music, krumpography, networking and more.
Featuring music by “From Within”
Thr3e Live Crew krumpography
Presenter: Priscilla Dasilva “Designing our Future”

Tuesday, October 7

9:30 – 10:50 a.m.
Art 334 – OPEN CLASS
American Art & Architecture
Alex & Ani Hall Rm 138

Artist George Catlin painted what he thought was a dying race, the American Indian. From 1830 to 1836, Catlin produced more than 450 portraits and scenes for his traveling Indian Gallery at the same time Congress debated policy about Native Americans’ role in American society. We will view Catlin’s works and contextual imagery in order to consider his personal motives and contributions to art and history. How did Catlin portray individuals? What can we learn from depictions of rituals? What’s missing from these paintings?
Sara Picard, assistant professor, Art Department

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Making College Campuses LGBT Friendly
Alger 110

Presenter: Annie Russell, director URI LGBTQ Center
Sponsored by the Gender and Women’s Studies Program

5:15 - 6:30 p.m.
Using Transgender Friendly Picture Books to Promote Reading Growth
Horace Mann 183

Many people of all ages know very little about the transgender experience but now there are some very meaningful books that can help young children begin to know about people who are gender different including transgender and gender creative. This multimedia session will look at some young children who are transgender or gender creative and different books that are available to share and discuss with them.
Elizabeth Rowell, professor, Elementary Education

Wednesday, October 8

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Study Abroad Informational Fair
President’s Dining Room

This program will provide students with an opportunity to speak with representatives of the RIC affiliated off-campus study abroad programs so that they can become informed about the opportunities for them to experience living and learning in a variety of locations and situations. What better way to learn cultural, ethnic, and linguistic diversity?
Sponsored by the RI College Study Abroad Office
Web sites of RIC-affiliated study abroad programs:
AIFS Outside Linkhttp://aifsabroad.com/
API Outside Linkhttp://www.academicintl.com/
CIS Outside Linkhttp://www.studyabroad-cis.com/?page=programs
TEAN Outside Linkhttp://www.educationabroadnetwork.org/?id=9
Global Links Outside Linkhttp://www.globalinksabroad.org
SIT Outside Linkhttp://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/scholarships.htm
CAPA Outside Linkhttp://www.capa.org/

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Walt Whitman: Life and Work
Adams Library-Fortes Room

Walt Whitman was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. This program will focus on his life and work, and the sexuality represented in his poetry. He is now widely acknowledged as a gay poet, but his sexuality was never actually known. Whitman’s poetry explicitly depicts love and sexuality, and Leaves of Grass was often considered obscene and pornographic. Our programs about Walt Whitman are honoring him not only for Diversity Week, but also for LGBT History Month.
Visit the LibGuide at Outside Linkhttp://ric.libguides.com/whitman
Presented by assistant professors, Anita Duneer and Alison Shonkwiler English Department
Sponsored by JP Adams Library

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Crimes of Honour
Adams Library, Floor 1B

“CRIMES OF HONOUR” documents the terrible reality of femicide- the belief that a girl's body is the property of the family, and any suggestion of sexual impropriety must be cleansed with her blood. This film explains that honor killings have no basis in Islamic teachings yet are disturbingly on the rise, a tragic statement about the lack of basic human rights still endured by millions of women today.
Sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies Film Series

12:30 – 2 p.m.
ACCESS Challenge: An Eye-Opening Experience
RIC “Quad”

Come and try an Eye-Opening Experience! The Fall 2014 Access Challenge will feature visual impairment (VI) simulation activities so students, faculty, and staff can “see’ what it is like to have low or no vision. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about service dogs, Braille, white cane awareness, how to be a sighted guide, careers in the field of VI, and more!
Sponsored by Advocacy and Beyond Club (ABC), the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, The Disability Services Center.

12:30 – 2 p.m.
Diversity in the Workplace- Challenges, Implications, and Recommendations
Alger 110

This is a session of poster presentations. Students share their understanding of various work-related diversity topics with the RIC community. This session aims to enhance students’ awareness of various diversity issues in the workplace.
Presenters: School of Management students
Sponsored by assistant professors Jiyun Wu and Julie Urda, Management and Marketing department and Linda Kent-Davis, Director of Career Development Center


12:30 – 2 p.m.
Race Matters
Faculty South Dining Room

Join us to learn the facts about the Be The Match marrow donor registry! We will review the need, guidelines to join, the registration process and the collection procedures. Transplant recipient & college athlete, Jon DeCasanova, will share his transplant journey and inspiration for life after cancer. Lunch will be provided.
Presenters: Nicole Pineault, Recruitment Supervisor Marrow Donor Program, and Jon DeCasanova RI Blood Center a Be The Match Partner
Sponsored by: ALLIED for Nursing Karen Hetzel, Associate Professor School of Nursing

4 – 5:15 p.m.
General Education 264 – OPEN CLASS
Crossing the Gender Line
Horace Mann 183

Transgender author Claudine Griggs, discusses her book, “Crossing the Gender Line” in an open class format. Those interested are invited to attend.
Elizabeth Rowell, professor, Elementary Education

Thursday, October 9

12 – 2 p.m.
ReelNative
Faculty South Dinning

ReelNative is a PBS project encouraging Native American videographers to express their identities, lives, political perspectives and cultures. ReelNative videos will be shown followed by a group discussion about what these local stories share about contemporary life for Native Americans.
Presenter: Maria Lawrence, PhD
Associate professor, Elementary Education

4 – 7 p.m.
Sino-Africa Relations in Cape Verde
Alger 110

Mr. Ailton Barbosa ’10, RIC alumnus in Political Science, will share insights from his master’s program research at Fudan University, China on “Small Chinese Merchants in the Cape Verde and their Impact in the Local Community and Sino-Cape Verdean Relations”. Introduction will be provided by Dr. Peter Mendy, Professor of History and Africana Studies. Dr. Shani Carter will present a panel discussion of students who visited China during the last academic year.
Sponsor: Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at RI College
Contact: Marie R. Fraley, Director


6 - 7 p.m.
General Education 268 – OPEN CLASS
Bullying Viewed from Multicultural Lifespan Perspectives
Horace Mann 183

Stump Olsen, Youth Services Manager/Training Coordinator Employment & Training Community Care Alliance and formerly OUTSpoken Director of Youth Pride, LGBTQ Bullying and its effects from a Personal and a Mentor's Perspective
Elizabeth Rowell, professor, Elementary Education

Friday, October 10

12 - 2 p.m.
Matinee Movie
El fantástico mundo de Juan Orol (The Fantastic World of Juan Orol)
The Unity Center

Hispanic Heritage Month featured film, Mexico’s half-forgotten B-movie master, Juan Orol, receives a pitch-perfect tribute in this irresistible love letter to a self-made man of showbiz, whose career spanned nearly 60 films. Through memories of his Galician childhood, forced exile to Cuba and arrival in Mexico, Juanito pursues failed careers before finding himself in the movies. Includes light lunch.
Directed by Sebastián del Amo, Mexico, 2012
Sponsored by The Unity Center


The Unity Center
20th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, October 17
Donovan Dining Center
5-9 p.m.

  • SILENT AUCTION – Featuring 2 tickets to the NE Patriots vs Denver Broncos November 2nd
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    4th Row, 50 Yard Line behind home team!)
  • ENTERTAINMENT – Trovadores, Spoken Word, Unity Players
  • BUFFET DINNER
  • RECOGNITION AWARDS
    Gary Penfield, Vice President for Student Affairs (1979 – 2014 ret.)
    Jay Grier Latimer, Director of the Unity Center 1994- 2001
  • DANCING

To purchase tickets online, Outside Linkclick here.
For more information contact The Unity Center @ 401-456-8791. We welcome your inquiries.

Page last updated: September 25, 2014