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Diversity Resources

    RI SHRM Diversity Resource Guide (as of August 2016)


    Want to add or update information on this list?

    You should contact Lynn Corwin, Diversity Director, RI SHRM,, 401-444-0680


    Diversity Organizations:

    Bryant University PWC Center for Diversity and Inclusion

    The PwC Center for Diversity and Inclusion comprises the Intercultural Center, Women's Center, Pride Center, Disability Services, the Interfaith Center and Campus Ministries.

    Casey Family Services

    Casey Family Programs works to influence long-lasting improvements to the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live.

    Commission for Human Rights

    Website provides great links and resources.  The Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights ("Commission") is one of the oldest state agencies in the country that specializes in antidiscrimination law enforcement.

    Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (DAIP)

    Diversity & Inclusion Professionals (DAIP) is an organization that provides continuous learning, networking, camaraderie and immediate access to experienced professionals impacting the evolving field of diversity and inclusion.

    Exeter Job Corps Center

    Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Job Corps program is authorized by Title I-C of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (supercedes WIA 1998).

    NAACP - Providence Branch

    We believe strongly in the economic entitlement of all, yet economic security and gainful employment go hand-in-hand. Employers can post positions on their website.

    National Diversity Council - New England Council

    Enhance appreciation for and understanding of the value of diversity and inclusion. We will achieve success through the efforts and activities which: advance corporate leadership education/awareness of the varied dimensions of diversity; commit leaders to discuss issues and challenge attitudes, and promote organizational changes that support diversity; and promote outreach efforts to our youth that inspire mutual respect and understanding.

    Progresso Latino

    Progreso Latino, Inc. is a multi-service, non-profit, community based organization located in Central Falls. Our mission is to empower Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities to achieve greater self-sufficiency and socio-economic progress by providing transformational programs that support personal growth and social change.

    Rhode Island Black Business Association

    The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) is dedicated to enhancing the growth and economic empowerment of Black-owned businesses, entrepreneurs and professionals.  The Rhode Island Business Development Institute is a 501 (c) (3) charitable arm of RIBBA and provides financial support for RIBBA’s initiatives and programs by the way of grants and fundraisers

    Rhode Island for Community and Justice (RICJ)

    RICJ is a social justice organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism and promoting understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.   It is our purpose to transform communities to be more inclusive and just by empowering leaders to make institutional change.

    University of Rhode Island-Multicultural Center

    The URI Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) is a place dedicated to developing a supportive and inclusive campus culture across the boundaries of culture, identity, and discipline. Celebrating unity in diversity, the Multicultural Student Services Center invites all of its students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and other friends to join in its work in creating a community of learners within and beyond URI.



    Rhode Island Adult Education Professional Development Center

    The RI Professional Development Center (PDCenter) delivers high-quality, research-based professional development and technical assistance to Rhode Island’s adult education programs and practitioners.  Through its leadership and partnerships, the PDCenter seeks to support, enhance and promote the network of quality educational opportunities for RI’s adult learners.

    Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)

    “We aspire to an educational system that holds high expectations for all students, regardless of income or background; is responsive to students’ individual needs; and pushes the boundaries of imagination and innovation to create better learning conditions for students and educators.” 

    West Bay Collaborative

    To provide high-quality, innovative and responsive educational programs, services, and resources to meet the unique needs of its member districts and the greater community.


    Employment Resources

    Department of Labor and Training

    Employment, job training programs, trade training, outreach, etc.

    Network RI

    The netWORKri centers are conveniently located throughout the state where jobseekers and employers are matched through quality employment programs and services. Whether you are a jobseeker looking for just the right job or an employer looking for qualified employees we have all the resources to make it easy for you…all at no cost!

    Opportunity at Work

    Opportunity@Work is a non-profit social venture whose mission is to secure a future of robust opportunity in which all Americans can learn, pursue and realize their potential contribution.

    Tech Collective

    Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. We foster the growth, innovation, and economic momentum of Rhode Island’s high-tech industries and workforce. Collaborating with local and national government, industry, and academic partners, Tech Collective programs directly impact Rhode Island. 

    Tech Hire

    Delivering In-Demand Tech Talent for Rhode Island's Companies.  They have resource for employers and job seekers.


    Generation Y and Z

    Year Up Providence

    Year Up Providence is a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skill development, college credits, and corporate internships. Our site opened its doors in January of 2005. We are proud to be Year Up’s first expansion site outside of the Boston area and are committed to serving this community’s urban young adults. We are humbled by the tremendous support that we have received and look forward to working with Providence’s many talented young people, its businesses, and our community.

    Youth in Action

    Youth In Action, a place where youth share their stories, practice leadership, and create change in their communities.  YIA envisions a world where young people are at the forefront of positive social change and believes that with their natural ability to innovate, capacity to lead, and desire for positive change, that world is possible.


    LGBT and LGBTQ

    Options News Magazine

    Options has always kept its mission in mind, to bring to our readers news they simply can’t get anywhere else. Our exclusive focus has always been — and continues to be — the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Rhode Island. We hold to the highest editorial standards, and make every effort to support the many non-profit organizations that serve our community.

    Rhode Island Pride

    The mission of Rhode Island Pride is to create opportunities for integrating and promoting visibility for the lesbian. gay, bisexual and transgender community; promoting equal rights and diversity through public education and the arts; provide safe opportunities and venues for people to come out with the ability to express and celebrate their sexual identities.

    TGI Network of Rhode Island

    TGI Network of Rhode Island is the only statewide organization providing support and advocacy for the TGI community in Rhode Island and surrounding areas.   Our mission is to serve the needs of the transgender, gender-variant, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education.

    Youth Pride, Inc.

    Youth Pride Inc. (YPI) is an affirming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning young people to build community, develop connections and be themselves. Youth come together from a wide range of backgrounds and join with one another over common issues and activities, sometimes as simple as playing video games or sharing a meal. All of our programs are free of charge and include individual counseling, weekly discussion groups, leadership trainings, social events and wellness activities. In the end, youth experiences at YPI can be transformative.

    Rhode Island LGBTQ Center

    The Rhode Island LGBTQ Center (The Center) plans to build and support the LGBTQ community by providing a visible, safe, inclusive, and welcoming shared place. We will work to create greater understanding in our community and beyond, and provide a place to form cohesive bonds and move forward in strength. We envision a hub of activity where community organizations can hold meetings, where LGBTQ organizations without offices can find a home, and where members of the community can get information and support, attend events, meet people and organize around common goals.


    People with Disabilities

    Disability & Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) - New England Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center

    The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) is a non-profit center based in the United States and designated as a 501 (c)(3) entity.  Our overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community.  ICDRI receives many requests to provide white papers, keynotes and training for conferences, government agencies, universities and private sector organizations. ICDRI frequently is called upon to provide disability rights education and customized programs and is an active participant in public policy strategic planning and implementation for governments in the US and abroad. For example, ICDRI was the sole US speaker on Section 508 at the invitation of the European Commission and the European Disability Forum for the International Day of the Disabled in Brussels, Belgium in 2001.

    Best Buddies - Rhode Island

    Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

    Department of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

    To provide innovative leadership in public policy, advocacy, service delivery and accessibility throughout the Ocean State, RI CDHH ensures opportunities for every deaf and hard of hearing person to become an empowered and contributing citizen.

    Goodwill Industries

    Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, headquartered in Providence, serving all of Rhode Island. Since 1863, we have been helping individuals with barriers to employment make the transition to independence and self-sufficiency.

    Greater Providence Arc (The Fogarty Center)

    The Fogarty Center is a private, non-profit organization incorporated in 1952 which is committed to providing quality services to adults with developmental disabilities. Our focus is always to strengthen and insure dignity, respect, and choice to those we support.  The Fogarty Center provides support to approximately 300 adults with developmental disabilities and their families within the Greater Providence and surrounding areas.  It is our philosophy that people with developmental disabilities may be active, productive members of the community and, as such, entitled to the same rights, privileges, responsibilities and choices as all citizens.  Accordingly, our mission is to offer exploration, encouragement and positive guidance, concerning individual interests, aptitude and talents, based on personal preferences. Ultimately, our goal is to promote self-determination and personal growth.

    Office of Rehabilitation Services

    To empower individuals with disabilities to choose, prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and integration into society. "

    Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

    The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, & Service.  Areas of emphasis: Early Intervention & Education, Transition, Employment, and Adult Life, Leadership Development and Higher Education.

    The Arc of Blackstone Valley

    The Arc offers residential and family services as well as vocational, therapeutic, recreational and advocacy programs. These services are provided through more than 25 programs that operate throughout the organization's service area.

    United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island

    United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island is dedicated to advancing the independence, productivity and full citizenship of individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.  We offer a wide range of high quality supports for children and adults, from home-based therapeutic services, to community-based activities and supported living.

    Work Opportunities Unlimited - Rhode Island

    In 1995, Work Opportunities Unlimited began providing services in Rhode Island with the Office of Rehabilitation Services (ORS), and the State of Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation, and Hospitals, as well as, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). In 1999 various School systems began utilizing our Student Transitional services to assist them in transitioning from their school settings to adult services, and employment. From our start in the greater providence area, we have expanded our services throughout the entire state, and have the ability to assist individuals in their own unique communities.


    Professional Associations

    Rhode Island SHRM

    Serve and partner with members, individuals, businesses and community organizations to share expertise, be thought leaders and advocates, and promote the advancement of the human resources profession.  Be recognized and respected as the one-stop, premiere professional human resources organization in the southeast New England region.



    Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network

    DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.  DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.  With almost 1,300 chapters and 1.3 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keep the promises made to them.

    Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) - New England Chapters

    NEPVA is a regional organization of spinal cord injured or diseased veterans. However, we are concerned about all citizens' disabilities and welcome the involvement in our activities of anyone who is interested. Please take a few minutes to view our site and see the great programs we offer disabled veterans and other people with disabilities.

    Division of Veterans Affairs

    Working Together to ensure every Veteran has an opportunity to make it in Rhode Island. Education, employment and training, vocational rehabilitation and employment, etc.

    ESGR - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve - Warwick

    Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws, and resolves employment conflicts between the Service members and their employers.

    Disabled American Veterans

    We are dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.

    Rhode Island Business Leadership Network

    Champion best practices to promote employment and retention of people with disabilities.  The RI BLN is a business to business network of Rhode Island employers working to increase employment of people with disabilities. Membership in the RI BLN is open to all employers both large and small, including public sector and private sector employers. Currently, a steering group comprising of eight local companies has been meeting since early 2004 to determine the future direction of the RI BLN.

    US Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Employment Center

    The Veterans Employment Center™ (VEC) connects Veterans and their families with meaningful employment and career-development opportunities.



    YWCA Greater Rhode Island

    Eliminating racism, empowering women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen communities.