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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Nobody in the school in my presence have I seen anybody judge a person by who he or she or they or them is.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are students here from every background and the community here is very accepting.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: It is a very diverse atmosphere!

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is extremely diverse and everyone is very accepting of differences.

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Diversity is not a major part of the URI student body, but there are a variety of races, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic classes that attend URI. Students are not afraid to promote and show their pride for all their differences. Although the campus may not be that diverse, there are a lot of organizations that promote awareness and educate people about differences. Diversity Week is a great example of this. Students get the chance to experience an event outside of their normal everyday life, which is important in the understanding of social, moral, and physical differences.

Even though URI is not an overwhelming diverse university, it is very accepting of different cultures. Minorities should not feel threatened or intimidated by the large Caucasian population on campus. Students are open-minded and fair in their attitudes toward diversity. URI and the surrounding community are unprejudiced in their thoughts on diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
8%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
68%
Unknown
13%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
52%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 9%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The acceptance of gays is growing at URI due to certain organizations’ awareness and education. Diversity Week is held each year, which is a workshop of different events that promote diversity, including homosexuality. There are also student organizations such as Students for Social Change and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Association (GLBTA) for all students to join. The Rainbow Diversity house is a living community that gives students the opportunity for social change by living, taking classes, and participating in programs in a diverse environment.
Political Activity
Rhode Island is, for the most part, a Democratic state. Most students and staff members are pretty liberal in their political views. Protests are occasionally held, and most students are usually passive towards political views. Students are concerned, but they are not outspoken.
Economic Status
URI is mostly middle-class students. There is little poverty in the surrounding communities and most out-of-state and in-state students are able to afford tuition.
Most Common Religions
URI is not known as a hot bed of religious activity, but many students do come from a religious background. There are a lot of Catholic students and Jewish students. Other common denominations on campus are Protestant and Episcopalian.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are some minority student organizations at URI. The Asian Student Association conducts community services and other social events. Hillel is a center for Jewish life that explores and develops Jewish identity. Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA), Latin American Students Association (LASA), Native American Students Association (NASA), Cultural Italian American Organization, Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR), and an NAACP URI chapter all deal with race and ethnicity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 88 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 28% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 119 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 33% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 121 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 58 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 31% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 28% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 62% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 35% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 7% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 88 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.

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