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The Office of Institutional Diversity

Mission

Guided by our belief in the essential dignity of every person, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) at Providence College strives to create an academic and campus culture that attracts and supports the development of a stellar and diverse community of students, faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of the Catholic Church, and broader world in which we live and work.
 
A diverse campus community is inextricably linked to academic excellence. It provides a rich intellectual environment, consisting of a broader range of questions, perspectives, and scholarly interests, better preparing all our graduates to live, work and serve others in an increasingly global and multicultural society.
 

What We Do

 
To fulfill its mission, Providence College must continually foster a community in which members from all backgrounds can learn, live, and thrive. The Office of Institutional Diversity, led by the Chief Diversity Officer and supported by the Committee for Diversity Implementation (CDI), is tasked with implementing and assessing the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan for Diversity.

We work across campus constituencies to coordinate and facilitate new and existing diversity initiatives and programs. Working collaboratively, across divisions and with members of the local community, we strive to develop a common vision of a diverse campus community where all members are encouraged “to talk and to listen, and to learn from one another.”

Current initiatives focus on these thematic areas
 
  • Campus Climate
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Diversity Education and Training
  • Community Engagement
  • Diverse Interactions
 We can work with individuals, groups, or departments to provide or facilitate
 
  • One-on-One Consultation
  • Presentations or Discussions in Classes or Meetings
  • Diversity Development Workshops
Diversity News More

‘History Runs Backward’
Historian Taylor Branch engages College community in discussion about civil rights, democracy.

Taylor Branch to Visit
Civil rights author will lecture, meet students, and offer faculty workshop on Feb. 10.

MLK Day Teach-in
PC community to honor civil rights leader’s memory through dialogue about his legacy, politics, and racism.

Project-Based Learning
Students under Isaura Rua-Cortes ’07 examine immigration and their upbringing.

Contact Us
Rafael Angel Zapata
Associate Vice President and
Chief Diversity Officer
Phone: (401) 865-2878
Fax: (401) 865-1710
Em
ail: rzapata@providence.edu

​​Tierra Marshall
Assistant Director
Phone: (401) 865-2889
Fax: (401) 865-1710
Email: tmarshal@providence.edu​

Cathy O'Leary
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (401) 865-2836
Fax: (401) 865-1710
Email: coleary5@providence.edu

 

Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., '80, Providence College President: “The whole goal of education is to have your mind and your heart be enlarged.” (1:11)

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