Sunday, October 4 – Saturday, October 10

All Week Long

Equality Shirts T-shirt sale
Visit The Unity Center all week long for a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) t-shirt while supplies last: signature gold on blue, or in pink on red for marriage equality. Wear your shirt on October 11th in honor of National Coming Out Day. Various sizes available.

Photographic Exhibit: Aqueducts of Portugal
This exhibit features fifteen aqueducts dating as far back as the 16th century - brought to the James P. Adams Library courtesy of the artist, Pedro Inácio, the General Consulate of Portugal in Boston, the Vice-Consulate of Portugal in Providence, the Day of Portugal and Portuguese Heritage in RI, Inc. and the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at Rhode Island College. The exhibit is available for viewing until October 31.

Sunday, October 4

12 – 4 p.m.
Convívio Lusófono and Tribute to John A. Lema, Jr.
Centro Comunitário da Terceira

The RIC Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies hosts this social with music (Choro, Fado, Morna) and lunch to benefit the Lema-Fernandes Portuguese Study Abroad Fund at Centro Comunitário Amigos Da Terceira, 55 Memorial Drive, Pawtucket.  Tickets $30/children $12; contact or call 401-456-8496 for more information.

Monday, October 5

The First Thirty Elevator Project: Random Acts of Kindness and Inclusion
In 2006, Greg Forbes Siegman, teacher and founder of the Brunch Bunch mentoring program, helped a stranger he met in an elevator. A doctor, who witnessed it, bought five copies of The First Thirty (a book based on Greg's story) & made a unique request- he asked Greg to give them out to the next five strangers he witnessed committing acts of kindness.  Within days, other people matched the doctor's act – and The First Thirty Elevator Project was born – kindness elevated to new heights. The Alumni Association engages 10 witnesses this week, all you have to do is be kind @ RIC.

4 – 6:50 p.m.
AFRI 450-Special Topics in Africana Studies
HBS 212

Black Radical Thought on the Issues of Violence and Love in the Black Experience.
Assistant Professor Sadhana Bery, Africana Studies

7 – 8 p.m.
Black Presence in the Bible
Interfaith Center

Inspired by the writings of Rev. Dr. Walter McCray, this discussion group explores the biblical history of Black peoples as revealed through the scriptures.  All are welcomed to attend, light refreshment provided.
Sponsored by InterVarsity and the Interfaith Center
Book: Oneness Embraced by Tony Evans.

Tuesday, October 6

10 – 11:50 a.m.
AFRI 262-Cultural Issues in Africana Studies
Forman Center Classroom A

This course explores social remembering and forgetting of slavery and fosters a critical examination of how different sites central to the Atlantic slave trade (U.S., Ghana, Portugal) construct social memories and amnesias of slavery.
Assistant Professor Sadhana Bery, Africana Studies

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Disability and Employment: What You Need to Know
Student Union Ballroom

This interactive workshop will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about rights and responsibilities of individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Attendees will gain knowledge about applicable laws, how to request reasonable accommodations, advice about “Why, When, What, and How” to disclose a disability, interview tips and additional resources.
Sponsored by the RI Governor’s Commission on Disabilities, Disability Services Center, Career Development Center, and Advocacy and Beyond Club
Job Accommodation Network Outside Link  EEOC Outside Link

5 - 7 p.m.
Painting with Perspective: A Portuguese-American Collection – Artist’s reception
School of Social Work Atrium

José L. Santos is a first generation Portuguese-American whose parents immigrated to Ludlow, MA from the farming town of Evora, Alcobaça, Portugal.  He received his B.A. in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and began to explore his ethnicity through his work.  Joe went on to receive teacher certification and a Master’s degree in Art Education.  View this beautiful collection from 5-6pm then join the discussion as the artist explores his identity, with the intended and unintended influences of culture on perspective and creativity. Food & beverage provided.
A Bannister Gallery Diversity Week Exhibit Sponsored by the Rhode Island College Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies; School of Social Work and The Unity Center

6 - 7 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion Alliance Informational
The Unity Center

Representatives of student organizations gather and share ideas and resources to support student populations through collaboration. This informational meeting will explore the history and missions of cultural student organizations at RIC and encourage cooperative programming and leadership through a formal alliance.  Food and drinks provided.
Sponsored by Student Activities

Wednesday, October 7

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 Link
API Outside Link
CIS Outside Link
TEAN Outside Link
SIT Outside Link
CAPA Outside Link Free Period
12:30 - 2 p.m.
ACCESS Challenge:  An Eye-Opening Experience
RIC “Quad”

Come and try an Eye-Opening Experience! The Fall 2015 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 and 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 and The Disability Services Center

12:30 - 2 p.m.
Rights & Wrongs: The Story of Women in Islam
Gender and Women’s Studies Suite
Adams Library 1B

This thoughtful film examines myths about women and Islam. Renowned Muslim feminist scholars detail how different understandings and translations of the Qur’an lead to enormous repercussions for women in different Islamic societies. The film alternates between history and contemporary issues—the wearing of the veil, prayer in the mosque, and domestic violence.
Sponsored by Gender and Women’s Studies

4 – 5:15 p.m.
Crossing the Gender Line
General Education 264 – OPEN CLASS
Whipple 106B

Claudine Griggs author of S/he: Changing Sex and Changing Clothes (1998) and Journal of a Sex Change (2004), discusses her research about transsexuals and experiences as a transwoman. Both of her books are available at the Adams Library reserve desk.
Elizabeth Rowell, professor, Elementary Education
S/he: Changing Sex and Changing Clothes (1998) and on Reserve in the Adams Library (2004) on Reserve in the Adams Library

Wednesday, October 7
4 – 6:30PM
Bisexuality Awareness Day
SU Ballroom

Videos and a panel discussion address the visibility of the bisexual community (or the lack there of), bi-phobia, bi-erasure, generational differences, media representation and other topics relating to bisexuality. There will be a question and answer portion, so bring your curiosity!
Sponsored by HOPE (Helping Others Promote Equality)

7 – 10 p.m.
Cape Verdean Passada Workshop
Student Union Ballroom

This workshop teaches the basic steps of Passada one of Cabo Verde's main cultural dances.  Three different styles of the dance will be taught at beginner and intermediate levels with Zouk and Kizomba music.  Don’t know how to dance?  Don’t worry we’ll teach you.  This a fun way to meet new people and learn more about Cape Verdean culture.  Performance, food and drinks provided.
Sponsored by the Cape Verdean Student Association

Thursday, October 8

10 – 11:50 a.m.
AFRI 262-Cultural Issues in Africana Studies
Forman Center Classroom A

This course explores social remembering and forgetting of slavery and fosters a critical examination of how different sites central to the Atlantic slave trade (U.S., Ghana, Portugal) construct social memories and amnesias of slavery.
Assistant Professor Sadhana Bery, Africana Studies

2 – 3:50 p.m.
Chemistry of Cooking: Food Cultures
FYS 100
Student Union 307

This interactive class provides an introduction to food chemistry with emphasis on food preparation, safety, consumption, and nutrition.  Students will share their knowledge of food chemistry with the RIC community by explaining the chemical composition of various foods from all over the globe and the important role chemistry plays in food preparation and consumption.  Tasting included!
Assistant Professor Jamie Towle-Weicksel, Chemistry

4 - 5 p.m.
Defining Disability and its Implications
Student Union Ballroom

Drawing upon research and her experiences as an athlete with disabilities, Sarah Everhart-Skeels a member of the RI Governor's Commission for People with Disabilities and consultant with both the Boston Medical Center and the Disability Research Institute at Boston University, will question and expand traditional definitions of disability and will talk about encouraging full community participation and successful adaptation through sports and recreational activities.
Sponsored by the FSEHD office of the dean and the Committee on College Lectures. A part of the Worldviews in Education Lecture Series
Interview with Sarah Skeels:
Outside Link
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5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
What Can One Person And A Bike Do To Make The World A Better Place?
General Education 265 – OPEN CLASS
Whipple 218

A screening of the compelling documentary Emmanuel’s Gift which follows the inspirational actions of a young man born in Ghana with a severely deformed leg and his determination to show the world the value of persons with disabilities. Discussion following the film will include a short presentation about Tom L’Italien’s cross-country journey in the USA to raise awareness of the increasing rate of suicides among veterans and to inspire support for prevention programs.  All are welcome. 
Elizabeth Rowell, professor, Elementary Education
Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah on Reserve in the Adams Library

Friday, October 9

12 - 1:30 p.m.
Diversity & Inclusion Awards Luncheon
One Orms Street, Providence, RI
This 4th annual awards luncheon recognizes retired RI Superior Court Associate Justice Edward Clifton and Dr. Toby Ayers, Executive Director of RI for Community & Justice for their work promoting equity and inclusion, featuring keynote speaker, Dr. Peggy Lewis, Associate Dean of the graduate school and director of Media Studies at Trinity Washington University.
Sponsored by Diversity and Inclusion Professionals for registration information visit DAIP on Facebook or contact

Beyond Diversity Week

Saturday, October 10

11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Role of the Theater in the Conversation on Race in America
Sapinsley Hall Auditorium
This program includes a historical overview of the relationship between the theater arts and the ideology of race in the United States of America.  A conversation with special guest award-winning actor, writer and director, Akin Babatunde is followed by a panel discussion with thespians and professionals from notable theater entities in and around RI.
Panel discussion facilitated by Jamie Taylor co-chair of Music, Theatre and Dance at RI College.
Sponsored by Mixed Magic Theater, Rhode Island College and RI State Council on the Arts; made possible by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Sunday, October 11

National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day was founded by Robert Eichberg and Jean O’Leary in 1988 to commemorate the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights a year earlier on October 11th. The purpose of the day is to promote awareness and celebrate the LGBTQ community.  This year marks the 27th anniversary of NCOD.  Did you get a t-shirt at the Unity Center?

Wednesday, October 14

2 - 3:30 p.m.
LGBT Movements in India
Craig-Lee 252

Dr. Sumanyu Satpathy head of the English department at the University of Delhi, India, discusses how LGBT organizations and issues have evolved during the twenty-first century in India. Satpathy is a distinguished international lecturer and prolific translator. His areas of interest and specialization include Modernism and Queer Theory.  This discussion brings the conversation about gender and sexuality freedom to the global level.
Sponsored by RIC Department of English

Thursday, October 15

4 - 6 p.m.
Open Books Open Minds Reception
Alex and Ani Hall 110

In Junot Díaz’s novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, we learn of Oscar’s childhood and turbulent young adulthood, his multigenerational family from the Dominican Republic and the various ways their own stories intersect with larger historical, political, and cultural contexts. Share your story. Write 500 words or more (fiction/non-fiction, prose/poetry) about your family stories, legends, and curses. Projects will be shared and/or displayed at the reception. Visual art projects, songs & plays, welcome. Submissions due October 1st.

Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information on Diversity Week events stop by the Unity Center (DDC lower level). Reasonable accommodations for disabilities available upon request.

Page last updated: September 16, 2015