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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

URI to hold vigil Wednesday, July 13

Mourning the loss of those killed in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas

The URI vigil to mourn the loss of those who were killed last week in Baton Rouge, La., St. Paul, Minn. and Dallas Texas will be led by URI president David M. Dooley.

The vigil will take place on the URI Kingston Campus, outside the Multicultural Student Services Center, 74 Lower College Road at 1 PM tomorrow, Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

From a message signed by University leaders announcing the vigil:
“As the country continues to react and respond to the recent events, as a university community we will uphold our values of treating each other with respect and with dignity. We must come together to support all members of our community in an effort to promote a more humane and just society. We must not blame entire groups of people, or all those belonging to a particular profession, for the horrific acts of individuals. Let us recommit to uniting as a community. Let us recognize that finding solutions and healing will not be easy and will take time. Every positive and loving action, no matter how small, can be a step toward a better future.”
Featured speakers:
  • Naomi Thompson, URI associate vice president for Community, Equity and Diversity;
  • The Rev. Dr. Vanessa Quainoo, associate professor and chair of Africana Studies;
  • Michael Jagoda, University Police major;
  • Frank Forleo, assistant director of Talent Development;
  • Paul Bueno de Mesquita, professor and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies;
  • Marc D. Hardge, guaranteed admissions program coordinator, Talent Development; students, faculty and staff