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Mission Statements for
Student Affairs Offices and Centers

Mission Statement of the Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life provides programs, services, and co-curricular experiences that enhance student success. Our efforts promote an inclusive community and the development of leadership, critical thinking, global awareness, self-advocacy, career decision-making and job search skills. The Office of Student Life also improves the quality of student life by addressing students' needs and issues and works to maintain student safety.

Mission Statement of the Career Development Center

The Career Development Center serves as a bridge between the college and the world of work. CDC counselors partner with students as they enter, transition through, and graduate from RIC, helping them: choose a major, make career decisions, access internship and job opportunities, develop job search skill and strategies, and apply to graduate school.

Mission Statement of Disability Services

The Disability Services Office is the central location on campus for disability-related services. We are committed to providing accommodations for students with disabling conditions and supporting them in achieving their academic goals regardless of whether their impairments qualify as "disabilities" under the law. Support services may include classroom and testing accommodations, advisement, referrals, and use of assistive technology.

Students who self-identify and provide the Disability Services Office appropriate evidence of their condition are eligible to receive reasonable accommodations in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and analogous state laws.

Although individuals with temporary impairments do not qualify for protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Disability Services Office nevertheless attempts to assist students who need short-term accommodations.

Mission Statement of the Student Union

The Student Union is the hub of the College for all the members of the community – students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and guests. It is more than a building; it is also an organization and a program which complements the academic experience and contributes to student success. As the gathering place for the college community, the Student Union provides activities, services, and a value-added component of extended advisement and support outside the classroom. (Spring 2011)

Mission Statement of the Unity Center

The Unity Center is the Rhode Island College multicultural center. Its mission is to promote the accessibility of educational services and the opportunity for excellence to all students through collaborative programming among its student affiliates, faculty, staff and the wider community. The Center further seeks to enhance cultural awareness by providing a safe forum for exploring issues pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion and to assist students in becoming informed, productive citizens of the world.

Mission Statement of the Women's Center

The Rhode Island College Women's Center's primary function is to provide a clearinghouse of information related to women's history, health, and progress. Through advocacy and education, the Center supports a progressive political agenda. The Center collaborates with related campus and community organizations on various projects to promote campus awareness and understanding of divergent social issues. The Rhode Island College Women's Center also offers a wide variety of confidential, professional referrals to Rhode Island College students.

Mission Statement of College Health Services

The mission of Rhode Island College Health Services is to provide confidential and holistic primary health care to enhance the academic potential of our students. Each student encounter is an opportunity to educate about prevention and risk reduction to promote life-long healthy choices. Health Services is committed to providing high quality, accessible and cost effective services in a non-judgmental atmosphere that values diversity and respects individuality.

Mission Statement of the Counseling Center

The mission of the Counseling Center is to help students fully to develop their intellectual, emotional, and social potential, and to alleviate the distress and conflicts which may interfere with that development by providing high quality, professional psychological services.

Mission Statement of the Campus Store

The Campus Store's mission is to provide essential educational materials, general merchandise, quality clothing and gifts in an inviting and inclusive environment. We offer our knowledge, goods, and services in order to help foster intellectual growth, enhance the quality of life on our campus and broaden the personal, educational, professional experiences of our customers.

Mission Statement of Donovan Dining Services

Rhode Island College's Dining Services is dedicated to consistently exceed the food, beverage, and service expectations of our diverse community by providing a variety of quality products, expertly prepared, professionally served and enjoyed in comfortable, relaxing settings.

Mission Statement of Residential Life & Housing

The Office of Residential Life and Housing at Rhode Island College is dedicated to providing an open and respectful environment that is caring, positive and safe.

Through a student centered approach to learning that values shared responsibility, empowerment and leadership; our staff strives to inspire personal growth and academic success.

Our office is represented by a diverse and educated professional staff committed to providing students with the highest level of quality and efficiency through continued professional development and a proactive approach to problem solving.

By building a supportive community that celebrates creativity and diversity, our goal is to provide lasting connections that instill a commitment to leadership and citizenry.

Mission Statement of Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramurals and Recreation

A Rhode Island College education is concerned with the development of the "total person" - intellectually, physically, psychologically and socially.

The primary objective of the Rhode Island College Intercollegiate Athletics, Intramural and Recreation Program is to provide members of the College community with the opportunity to participate in, at the level of choice, a broad based program which enhances their academic, cultural and social growth. The intercollegiate athletics, intramurals and recreation programs are an integral component of the College's educational process. The College recognizes that the educational benefits offered through diverse athletic and physical activities play a critical role in the personal development of those who wish to participate.

The College is committed in its support of providing the best possible intercollegiate athletic experience for its student-athletes as they represent not only the College, but the State of Rhode Island in their pursuit of excellence. The College is equally committed in its support of programming for the entire student body through its recreation and intramural program.

In addition to serving the College community, the department, through its programs, facilities and personnel, endeavors to bring a positive image of Rhode Island College to prospective students, alumni and the community at large.

Mission Statement of the PEP Program

The Preparatory Enrollment Program's mission is to admit, retain and graduate a select number of low income, first generation students who are in need of academic support. The Program is an integral part of the total educational environment of the College.

The Preparatory Enrollment Program provides opportunities for academic development, assists RI residents who are first generation, low income individuals with basic Rhode Island College requirements while serving to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal is to increase college retention and graduation rates.

Mission Statement of the Upward Bound Program

The Rhode Island College Upward Bound Program is designed to instill in low-income, potential first-generation college students the skills and motivation to complete high school and to enter and graduate from college. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the high school and college graduation rates of program participants. Upward Bound is committed to providing equal access and opportunity to students from specific target high schools who meet federal eligibility requirements. The program enhances the intellectual, emotional, character and motivational development of each participant by offering rigorous academic instruction, counseling, support services, and an environment that recognizes individual differences and academic potential.

Mission Statement of the Interfaith Center

Celebrating diversity in all faith traditions, Rhode Island College Interfaith Center endeavors to provide for the spiritual needs of Rhode Island College students; promote dialogue and awareness of faith traditions, and cultivate understanding and respect of various religious orders. The Interfaith Center accomplishes this mission by coordinating prayer and worships services for various faith traditions, supporting faith-based recognized student organizations, and providing spiritual and educational programming. Spiritual guidance and counseling can also be arranged by request.

Page last updated: April 25, 2013