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RWU Should Make the Sacrifice to Embrace Diversity

 

Autumn Queazda
Latin American Studies Professor Professor Autumn Quezada De Tavarez Speaks at the Race, Memorialization and Legacy discussion during Social Justice Month at RWU. (AP Photo/Natalie Almeida)

Bristol, R.I- Diversity is not only about how different everyone is but about being able to learn from another persons experiences. In college, as a student, you are able to explore and learn from not only the educational material but also the experience you get being surrounded by peers of all backgrounds.

Roger Williams University may rave and rant about how important diversity is to their community but the problem is a lot more than a lecture and few discussions can fix. The problem lies in the fact almost 75 percent of the student body and a little more than 87 percent of the faculty is caucasian.

Professor Allen
New to campus, Professor Aaron Allen gets adjusted to his new office. (AP Photo/ Natalie Almeida)

“Saying we have a handle on it, is the problem” American Studies Professor Mr. Aaron Allen expressed about how the school views its hold on the diversity problem on campus. He explained that once we think we’re done and the problem is solved we have already failed a problem like this, it is a continuous cycle.

“I remember touring this school and seeing nothing but white people. It was weird that it took me about 10 minutes to find a minority on campus.” Senior, Jaylen Jennings reminisced about his first experiences on the RWU campus.

Nick Jamrog
Junior, Nick Jamrog, works in the admissions department and understands first hand what goes into accepting new students. (AP Photo/ Natalie Almeida)

“They want a more diverse campus but don’t offer the means to get there.” RWU Junior, Nick Jamrog brought up when he gave examples what he has taken away from his job in the school admissions office.

“Give them a reason why they should come here.” Professor Autumn Quezada de Tavarez¬†brought up a specific idea about how she felt the school could move forward on the diversity fight for campus.

The biggest way, she said, is to connect with those students who show promise, especially in urban and inner city areas, get them connected with professors who go out and speak to these students, ignite their interest, and show them a way to awaiting opportunities.

 

Hidden Gem in a Small Town

Bristol R.I- Being away at college, even if it is only a 20 minute drive down the road, makes you sometimes miss the sense of home.

Home for some is thankfully a hop, skip and a jump away. In the little small town of Townie Pride, East Providence has always been a little mini city to its residents.

Five minutes from the city of Providence and five minutes from the Massachusetts state lines, this little square is a little pitstop between states.

It’s the type of town where everybody knows everybody, you still see the friends you ¬†had in high school and everything takes under five minutes to get to.

East Providence is made up of three towns in one, Riverside, Rumford, and Central East Providence.

The East Bay Pike Bath has always been a little hidden gem. You go to run by the water and feel a cool breeze, or to watch the city light up the night sky.

The path is one of the state’s best known running trails along Narragansett bay. It runs through Bristol all the way down to India Point Park in Providence. This 14-mile path is part of a larger trail that stretches from Maine to Florida.

The nature trail stretches across several parks from Colt State Park in Bristol, through Burr’s Hill Park and Veterans Memorial Park down to Haines Memorial State Park in Barrington.

The paved path is perfect for biking, running and other activities to see many different places at the same time.

This small town across the bay from the bustling city sometimes does not feel so small anymore and reminds those there’s always more outside these city lines.