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Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Workshop with Brenda Clement, Director of Housing Works Rhode Island and Ame Lambert, RWU Chief Diversity Officer.
An overview of housing issues in Rhode Island and connections to the larger social justice agenda.
This workshop will utilize information collected by Housing Works RI around how housing decisions are made. The workshop will study zip codes to see what that revels to us about housing, race, and socio-economic status.
Click to view the How Housing Works flyer.
Tuesday, Oct 24
Sponsored by FIMRC and Public Health
Film and discussion led by Dr. Kerri Warren and members from the RWU Chapter of FIMRC
UNNATURAL CAUSES is the acclaimed documentary series broadcast by PBS and now used by thousands of organization and clubs to tackle the root causes of our alarming socioeconomic and racial inequities in health.
Click to view the Unnatural Causes flyer.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
2200 Southwood Drive, Nashua, NH
We invite you to be a part of the second New England Lead Conference taking place on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 in Nashua, NH. Hosted by the New England Lead Coordinating Committee, the conference will include a variety of educational sessions focusing on lead prevention, policy, model programs, outreach, the EPA’s Renovation, Remodeling and Repair Rule (RRP), lead abatement, compliance, and the economics of lead poisoning.
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October 4, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
The Narragansett Times: Dziobek steps down as Welcome House director
By KENDRA GRAVELLE Sep 29, 2017
SOUTH KINGSTOWN—When Joseph Dziobek accepted the position of executive director of Welcome House of South County nearly three years ago, he had expected the job would make for a simple transition into retirement.
But what was intended as a part-time gig turned into much more than that for Dziobek, who this week left his post.
“It’s been a challenge,” said Dziobek, whose last day on the job was Monday. “And it’s been very satisfying—I feel very close to the people who have been a part of it.”
Dziobek, 66, took the job at Welcome House after retiring from his career as CEO of Fellowship Health Resources. He said he intended only to stay for two or three years.
October 4, 2017 in Local Interest
Final Days to Register: 2017 Housing Fact Book Release
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
October 3, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
Rhode Island College: The Defamation Experience
Monday, October 30, 2017
5:00PM - Doors Open
6:00PM - Performance
SPONSORED BY: THE DIVISION OF COMMUNITY EQUITY AND DIVERSITY AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SUCCESS
THE PLAY * THE DELIBERATION * THE DISCUSSION
September 27, 2017 in Events, Local Interest
NLIHC: Sign Letters to Support Equitable Housing Recovery after Devastating Hurricanes
Help ensure that low income people and neighborhoods are treated fairly after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. A broad coalition of national, state, and local organizations is calling on Congress, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that the federal response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria is complete and equitable for everyone, especially families and individuals with the lowest incomes who are often the hardest hit by disasters and have the fewest resources to recover afterwards.
September 27, 2017 in Local Interest, National News
Roger Williams University: Social Justice Month Events
Thursday, Oct 19
Mary Tefft White Center
How Housing Works
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Sponsored by Housing Works RI and RWU Chief Diversity Officer
Keywords: socioeconomic status, race, jobs, housing, equity
September 25, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: People on the move for the week of Sept. 17
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 5:34 PM
Rhode Island LISC
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corportation has welcomed two new employees. Jeremiah O’Grady, of Lincoln, joined LISC as program officer after spending more than 12 years at ONE Neighborhood Builders as real estate project manager and director of asset management and operations.
Liz Klinkenberg, of Warwick, was hired as communications director. She brings more than 15 years of public relations experience to her new position, including work for The Miami Herald and The Providence Journal.
The Providence American: Reed Announces $300k in Community Development Grants for NeighborWorks Affiliates
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to promote healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Rhode Island, U.S. Senator Jack Reed today announced an additional $300,000 in federal funding for three Rhode Island-based affiliates of NeighborWorks America (NeighborWorks). These federal funds will help NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, ONE Neighborhood Builders, and West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation to provide affordable housing opportunities, generate job growth, and enhance economic stability for working families. Earlier this year, Senator Reed also helped to secure over $750,000 in federal funding for NeighborWorks affiliates in Rhode Island, bringing total NeighborWorks investment in the state to above $1 million for fiscal year 2017.
September 21, 2017 in Federal News, Local Interest
The Providence American: Providence Unveils PVD Gives Donation Station
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today joined members of the City Council, public safety officials, and community leaders who have been named to the PVD Gives commission for the unveiling of the City’s first Donation Station at Kennedy Plaza. The retrofitted parking meter is one of ten stations that will be installed across the city to collect funds that will support local organizations that provide housing and services to those in need.
“PVD Gives and the new Donation Stations make it easier to give back,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Our collective generosity can make all the difference in the lives of those striving to get back on their feet. I encourage visitors and residents to chip in and be part of the solution.”
September 21, 2017 in Local Interest
Providence Journal: Report: New England losing 65 acres of forestland per day
By Steve LeBlanc / Associated Press
Posted Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
Updated Sep 19, 2017 at 11:21 AM
BOSTON — New England has been losing forestland to development at a rate of 65 acres per day — a loss that comes at a time when public funding for preservation of open land, both state and federal, has also been on the decline in all six states.
That’s the conclusion of a report released Tuesday by the Harvard Forest, a research institute of Harvard University.
The study found public funding for land conservation in New England dropped by half between 2008 and 2014 to $62 million per year, slightly lower than 2004 levels.
Posted May 16, 2018 at 2:36 PM
Updated May 16, 2018 at 2:36 PM
BRISTOL, R.I. — Roger Williams University and the state Department of Health have begun a new partnership that will train student “public health scholars” and establish other programs intended to educate young people and help improve the health of all Rhode Islanders.
The partnership was confirmed with a memorandum of understanding signed by state public health director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and Donald J. Farish, president of Roger Williams. It comes as the university is set to open its own academic department of public health, on July 1.
“This new collaboration will allow us to develop, implement and evaluate cutting-edge public health interventions that will help improve health outcomes in every ZIP code in Rhode Island,” Alexander-Scott said.
“At a time when Roger Williams University is expanding its public health program, this partnership will bring together committed faculty, active researchers and ambitious, talented students with leading public health professionals at RIDOH and other state agencies to embark on careers building healthier communities throughout the entire state.”
RWU’s public health program has “experienced rapid growth” since partnering with the state Department of Health on programs several years ago, according to the university. The school has offered a public health major for students since 2015.
In addition to student “public health scholars,” who will work with the state health department’s Academic Center, the new partnership will include “research opportunities for students and faculty members, summer programs for high school students interested in public health fields, joint quality-improvement programs, a health-care speakers bureau, and the sharing of data for research and public policy matters.”
Said RWU Provost Andrew Workman: “We are committed to serving our community by helping it to improve the health of Rhode Islanders and to provide our students with the kind of experiential learning opportunities that this kind of partnership will foster.”
Courtesy of Providence Journal
By Linda Borg
Journal Staff Writer
WESTERLY – The Roger Williams University School of Continuing Studies is partnering with the Westerly Education Center to offer courses for the semester that begins on Jan. 24.
RWU will offer four courses at the Westerly Education Center, which is managed by the State of Rhode Island’s Office of Postsecondary Commissioner and is at 23 Friendship St., Westerly. The courses are: Introduction to Computer Software, Introduction to Public Health, Spanish in the Workplace and Foundations of Education. Also, beginning Feb. 5, RWU will offer a cybersecurity career pathway program.
“Westerly Education Center is thrilled Roger Williams University is expanding access to their courses in southwestern Rhode Island,” said Amy Grzubowski, executive director of the Westerly Education Center. “Providing course options and learning opportunities to adult and high school students who are exploring career pathways helps prepare our workforce for jobs in sectors critical to Rhode Island’s future prosperity.
“The School of Continuing Studies is excited to be partnering with Westerly Education Center,” said Jamie Scurry, dean of the RWU School of Continuing Studies. “The vision set out for the center is aligned to our ethos and goal of removing barriers and obstacles to accessing education programs and opportunities. Meeting students, families and employers where they are is not only critical to this goal, it allows for us to contextualize our programs and curriculum to ensure that each student is exceptionally prepared to achieve their goals and be workforce ready.”
For more information, visit the Rhode Island Advanced Coursework Network Registration Portal and enter “Westerly” in the search box.
Courtesy of the Providence Journal
The 2018 RI Kids Count Factbook, released on Monday, is fascinating. It provides a window into the lives of Rhode Island’s children, and it also offers some peripheral data that contextualizes how the state’s youngest residents are raised.
A portion of the Factbook involves housing security and the economic well-being of the family unit. According to the Factbook, in 2017, the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Rhode Island was $1,385 — a $100 increase over the previous year. In order to live without a cost burden — when more than 30 percent of a family’s income is spent on housing — a worker must earn $26.63 an hour, at forty hours a week, to be able to afford that monthly rent. Last year’s minimum wage in Rhode Island was $9.60.
Some towns, to be sure, are more affordable than others. Foster, Glocester, Exeter, Richmond, West Greenwich and — believe it or not — Little Compton all average $944 per month in rent for a two-bedroom apartment. Topping the list in monthly rent is Jamestown at $1,932 per month for a two-bedroom apartment — a cost surely driven by seasonal rental rates. Providence comes in at $1,357 per month.
Perhaps the starkest data show how unattainable certain communities are to low-income families. If a poverty-level family (bringing in $20,420 per year) wants to live in Barrington for the schools, for example, they would have to fork over a whopping 92 percent of their income to rent and 100 percent of their income to a mortgage.
The whole Factbook, with stats on the health, safety, education and community of Rhode Island children, is worth a read. Click here for more.
Courtesy of Rhode Island Monthly
After living in her Tercel for the past four months, 24-year-old Barbara finally had a job interview scheduled for a Monday afternoon. Homeless and with limited options, she hadn’t had a shower in three days, and she wasn’t sure how she was going to present herself well to a potential employer. Then she heard about Shower to Empower.
Launched in April this mobile unit offers complimentary showers and haircuts, along with case management and medical navigation services. Housed in a customized 20-foot-by-8.3-foot trailer and towed by a pickup truck, the unit will travel throughout Providence providing services for the homeless population; it currently operates from 9–11am Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
The trailer includes two showers, heated floors, a medical examination room, and multi-use space for services such as haircuts and case management. Shower to Empower is a collaborative effort between the House of Hope Community Development Corporation (CDC), Team Williams LLC, and the City of Providence.
Various barbers and hairdressers have donated their time and services. In fact, House of Hope’s Executive Director Laura Jaworski says that many clients have come in specifically for the haircuts: “After all, haircuts are expensive, and while having access to a haircut and a shave is a luxury, it is a huge part of self-care that we sometimes
take for granted.”
With an estimated 1,180 homeless individuals in Rhode Island, the mobile unit is a unique way to meet people where they are and ensure that they can access personal hygiene, case management, and health care services. House of Hope caseworkers offer on-the-spot referrals to many service providers; they may also schedule follow-up meetings to assist clients in applying for housing, employment, and social security benefits, for example.
In its first six days of operation, Shower to Empower served 24 clients. Jaworski says, “One of the challenges of this work is that not everybody is ready to engage in case management right away. What we’ve found is that some folks are already starting to come back, and that allows us to build trust and rapport and start to have a conversation about further needs.”
Those inspired to lend a helping hand can donate travel-size toiletries, new socks and underwear, gently used clothing (particularly men’s items), feminine hygiene products, bras, and gift cards or money cards that can be used at a laundromat.
Jaworski also suggests that, if you can’t donate money or items, “you can give of yourself; a ‘hello’ and a smile can make all the difference in someone’s day, especially to someone who is used to being ignored, invisible, or avoided.”
Courtesy of East Side Monthly
After living in her Tercel for the past four months, 24-year-old Barbara finally had a job interview scheduled for a Monday afternoon. Homesless and with limited options, she hadn’t had a shower in three days, and she wasn’t sure how she was going to present herself well to a potential employer. Then she heard about Shower to Empower.
Courtesy of Providence Monthly
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