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Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism Resources

JWU Allies

JWU Black Student Alliance

JWU Cultural Connections Club

JWU Shabach Step Team

JWU Counseling Services

Mental health is important. This confidential resource supports JWU students in managing their emotional wellbeing. We offer short-term individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, consultation, and referrals. Stephanie Dixon, director of JWU Providence Counseling Services:

We believe it is critically important for our students to be seen and to be heard during this time. Counseling Services will continue to be a safe and affirming place for students to be seen, to be heard, and to be supported. We are committed to supporting our students and working to effect change in our campus community and beyond. Students are dealing with so much uncertainty right now along with a tremendous amount of emotion and feelings like anger, pain, fear, grief, sadness, to name a only a few. If students feel isolated and are having difficulties coping we would strongly encourage them to reach out for support.

To make an appointment, call our office at 401-598-1016. For after-hours emergencies, contact an on-call counselor at 888-222-4805.

Equity & Compliance Services (ECS)

Dedicated to fostering ethical practices and working with the JWU community, ECS strives to promote a culture of equity and compliance, and advance JWU’s commitment to creating an environment that values integrity, shared respect and responsibility. Contact our team or to learn more about our areas of focus, services, policies & resources, reporting options (including anonymous reporting options) and nondiscrimination campus liaisons.

Silent Witness Program

This program allows students to report concerns anonymously to Campus Safety & Security (CS&S), especially when students are nervous about coming forward. Note: this program does not replace the need to contact CS&S directly with information about an emergency or potential harmful situation. During those situations, contact CS&S immediately at 401-598-1103.

JWU Courses: Perspective & Inclusion

Many undergraduate courses in the College of Arts & Sciences engage students in a discussion about race & multicultural identity.
View a Sample Course List, or review the JWU Catalog for full course offerings and descriptions.

Diversity Dialogue Series

On Wednesday evenings, from March 17 – April 21, participants will learn more about weekly subject matters via shared experiences and rich discussion. Join this community-wide initiative, engaging in dialogue with students, faculty, staff and alumni. Visit the Office of Student Engagement's website for more information as we get closer to March!

Inclusivity at JWU Module: Confronting Bias Initiative

The BRIDGE and Student Engagement offices are pleased to offer this module, which:

  • Helps participants recognize that we all hold bias
  • Shares strategies to address our own bias as well as bias we encounter from others
  • Outlines the various JWU resources that can help with this important work 

All members of the JWU community are expected to recognize the importance of accepting others, which includes valuing the diverse identities and experiences that each member of the JWU community brings to campus. Engaging with these materials will help you contribute to a more inclusive community as we demonstrate these values on campus, across the country, and around the world. Training regarding anti-racist practices is being conducted with all faculty and staff prior to the start of the semester as well.

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment for all attendees. 

  1. Please respect privacy. Being part of this discussion requires mutual trust. Authentic, expressive discussion makes for great conversation, but may also expose sensitive and private emotions. What is shared in this group should stay in the group.
  2. Be kind and courteous. We're all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let's treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required.
  3. No hate speech or bullying. Bullying is not allowed and degrading comments about race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender, or identity will not be tolerated.

Stay tuned for more information about our summer 2021 book discussion! 


Our summer book 2020 discussion was facilitated by JWU Librarians: Sarah Campbell, Jenny Castel, Kerry Caparco, and Erika Gearing.