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The Office of Institutional Diversity


Guided by our belief in the essential dignity of every person, the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) at Providence College strives to create an academic and campus culture that attracts and supports the development of a stellar and diverse community of students, faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of the Catholic Church, and broader world in which we live and work.
A diverse campus community is inextricably linked to academic excellence. It provides a rich intellectual environment, consisting of a broader range of questions, perspectives, and scholarly interests, better preparing all our graduates to live, work and serve others in an increasingly global and multicultural society.
To fulfill its mission, Providence College must continually foster a community in which members from all backgrounds can learn, live, and thrive. The Office of Institutional Diversity, led by the Chief Diversity Officer and supported by the Committee for Diversity Implementation (CDI), is tasked with implementing and assessing the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan for Diversity.
We work across campus constituencies to coordinate and facilitate new and existing diversity initiatives and programs. Working collaboratively, across divisions and with members of the local community, we strive to develop a common vision of a diverse campus community where all members are encouraged “to talk and to listen, and to learn from one another.”
Diversity News More

Forging, Nurturing Ties
Students, including scholarship recipients, build rapport with alumni of color at first-time event.

Persistence Pays Off
Precious Ansah ’15 begins a graduate program in social work the day after commencement.

Renaissance Woman
Two-sport athlete Anna Russian heads to sociology doctorate program after PC.

Preference for the Poor
Rev. Gustavo Gutiérrez, O.P., who introduced the term “liberation theology,” discusses its impact on the world today.

Contact Us
Rafael Angel Zapata
Associate Vice President and
Chief Diversity Officer
Phone: (401) 865-2878
Fax: (401) 865-1710

​​Tierra Marshall
Assistant Director
Phone: (401) 865-2889
Fax: (401) 865-1710

Cathy O'Leary
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (401) 865-2836
Fax: (401) 865-1710


Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., '80, Providence College President: “The whole goal of education is to have your mind and your heart be enlarged.” (1:11)

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