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Bias Response Coordinators

​​​​​The Bias Response Team is an appointed and trained group of students, staff, and faculty members whose charge is to assess reports of bias incidents on campus, to develop and communicate a timely and comprehensive institutional response, and to support persons and groups involved in, and affected by, an incident. The Bias Response Team, in consultation with the Executive Vice President, will consider the gravity of the incident(s), determine what, if any, information should be communicated to the campus community, relay a comprehensive response and follow-up, and suggest ways to address proactively issues of difference, diversity, civility, and respect via education and training.

To be clear, this process is in no way intended to curb the free expression of opinions or ideas. In fact, we hope that the effective implementation of the protocol will contribute to a campus climate that encourages dialogue around challenging issues. The protocol does not replace any existing policies or procedures.

Bias Response Coordinator​​ 

Rafael Zapata
Associate VP/​Chief Diversity Officer
Phone: 401.865.2878​

​​Bias Response Team Deputy Coordinator​s

Kathleen Alvino
Associate VP for Human Resources/Affirmative Action Officer
Phone: 401.865.2430​​​

Jill LaPoint​​
Assistant​ VP/Executive Associate Athletic Director/​Senior Woman Administrator​​
Phone: 401.865.2588​

Dr. Steven A Sears
​​Associate VP/​Dean of Students
Phone: 401.865.2425