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RWU Launches Diversity Leadership Program

New peer mentoring program to match student leaders with self-selected first year students from underrepresented populations to encourage a seamless, successful transition to university life
Photo by: Michael Malyszko


Bristol, R.i. -- In a continuing effort to enhance mentorship opportunities and inclusive programming for all student populations on campus, Roger Williams University will launch the Diversity Leadership Program, a peer mentoring program available to select first year students enrolling in Fall 2013.

A collaborative effort between the Intercultural Center and the Student Advocacy Office, the Diversity Leadership Program will match student mentors with self-selected first year students from underrepresented populations to encourage a seamless transition to university life via additional support services and programming to enrich the experience of historically underrepresented students groups on campus.

"Diversity Leaders will have a smaller group of mentees than Student Advocates do, giving them more time to focus on leadership development around issues of diversity and social justice,” explains Candice de los Reyes, assistant director of the Intercultural Center and multicultural affairs. “The Intercultural Center is excited to collaborate with the Student Advocacy Office to be really intentional about strengthening the diversity community at RWU through mentorship, relationship-building, ally development and extensive leadership development.”

Both incoming students and their mentors will benefit from the program’s unique approach. Mentees will be instantly connected to a network of successful and welcoming student leaders with a personal understanding of the transition into college life. Through targeted training, Diversity Leaders will augment their knowledge of – and passion for – social justice and diversity issues, serving as a resource to mentees and the broader university community.

“A Diversity Leader is someone who exhibits maturity, an affinity for mentoring and educating in a way that increases awareness and sensitivity about the differences each student brings to campus, and a willingness to share who they are with their mentees,” de los Reyes says. “They’ll learn about their own identity and how that impacts who they are at Roger Williams, as well as who they want to be after Roger Williams.”

The Intercultural Center is currently seeking student applicants for the position of Diversity Leader. Any student who will be a sophomore, junior or senior in the 2013-14 academic year is welcome to apply.

Applications are available at the Intercultural Center and are due on February 22, 2013.

For more information, contact Candice de los Reyes at (401) 254-3894 or at