Monday, March 30, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Hello URI Community:

In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM).  The goal is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate the community on how to prevent it.  At URI, we are committed to fostering a healthy productive learning and working environment for all.

The following trainings will be offered during April Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
Ø "Rape on Campus" –  Presented by Sandy Malone of Day One, RI
Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 11:30am-1:00pm – Memorial Union 318, Kingston Campus (KC 
Ø "Campus Sexual Assault:  Why It Matters" –  Presented by Dr. Donna Hughes and Dr. Kat Quina, URI
Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm – Multi-Cultural Center (MCC), Hardge Forum, (KC)
Ø “The Neurobiology of Trauma" – Presented by Dr. Rebecca Campbell (WEB LECTURE)
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm – Memorial Union 318, (KC) 
Ø “Masculinity and Rape Culture:  A Conversation” –  Facilitated by Ten Men, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 7:00pm-8:30pm – Women’s Center, (KC) 
Ø “Organizational LGBTQ Capacity Building” – Presented by Erin Gorman, Sojourner House
Thursday, April 9, 2015 @ 9:00am-10:30am – (MCC), Hardge Forum, (KC) 
Ø “Take Back the Night”
Thursday, April 9, 2015 @ 6:00pm-8:00pm – Swan Auditorium and Quad, (KC) 
Ø “Bystander Intervention” – Presented by Keith Labelle
Thursday, April 16, 2015 @ 2:00pm-3:30pm – Memorial Union, 360, (KC) 
Ø “Campus Security Authority” – Presented by Roxanne Gomes
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 2:00pm-3:30pm – Memorial Union, 318 (KC) 
Ø “Bystander Intervention” – Presented by Keith Labelle
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 1:00pm-2:30pm – Feinstein Providence Campus (CCE), Room 243

To register for any of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month trainings please call Debby Connolly at 874-2442.

Thank you,

Office of Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity
201 Carlotti Administration Building
75 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI  02881
Phone:  401-874-2442
Fax:        401-874-2995

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program - Apply by April 1

The URI Chinese Flagship Immersion Program will take place May 25 - July 17, 2015 on the URI campus.

The program is designed for first-year Flagship students, and is open to students from URI or other institutions at the Novice High/Intermediate Low level.

Final application deadline: April 1.  

The application is available at:

2015 URI Chinese Summer Program in Hangzhou, China - Priority Deadline April 1!

Dear Students:

Apply now for the 2015 Chinese Language & Culture Program, which will be held between July 9 and August 7 at Zhejiang University in China. 

1. Register by April 1, the priority deadline, and you will be considered for a $250 scholarship. 
2. The top 3 students in each level with the best grade during the program can win a $100 scholarship after the program. 
3. To register, please contact Kelly Watts with the International Office at 401-874-2019 or email her at
4. For more information, please refer to the attached flyer or the link of the International Office:

Monday, March 23, 2015

URI Chinese Flagship students earn international scholarships to study in China

Media Contact: Brian Pernicone, 401-874-7245

KINGSTON, R.I. – March 11, 2015 – Three University of Rhode Island Chinese Flagship Program students are among more than 100 American undergraduate students from 69 colleges and universities across the country selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The scholarship program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supports study or internships abroad. 

Quang Le, a junior Chinese and electrical engineering student from Cranston, R.I., Lariah Maynard, a sophomore biology and Chinese major from Groton, Conn., and Grayson Hoover, a freshman Chinese major from Providence, R.I., will study in China for eight weeks this summer. 

The award was an unexpected honor for all three recipients, who uniformly said they thought the scholarship was out of their reach.

“I didn’t think I would get it. It was definitely a shock and surprise,” Maynard said. “I was really nervous about paying for the trip so, before I heard the news, I found a job this semester as a veterinary lab assistant to help pay for it.” 

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. Le earned the Critical Need Language Award, worth a total of $8,000. 

Le, Maynard and Hoover will attend their summer session in China with the goal of achieving advanced proficiency in Mandarin, an essential step in preparation for their Flagship Capstone Year in China. 

Story continued at

Friday, March 13, 2015

Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program

Taiwan United States Alliance Ambassador Program
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2015 TUSA Ambassador Scholarship

The Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA) Summer Scholarship Program is an Ambassador program. A unique program especially designed for students who will be representing their state, as well as the United States, and acting as ambassadors to Taiwan.  Please share the information below with any of your students who would be interested in applying for a scholarship studying Mandarin Chinese and culture in Taiwan

Quick Links Requirements
  • Ideal applicants are American citizens who hold neither a Taiwan passport nor claim Taiwanese or Chinese heritage
  • Full-time student at a U.S. college of university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from college professors
  • All levels of Chinese (Mandarin) proficiency are acceptable; there is no requirement of prior language experience
Program Details
  1. Intensive Chinese Language Classes: Classes will be divided in four categories depending on your Chinese language proficiency test
    • Daily small group classes, 2 hours per day
    • One-on-one tutorial classes, 1 hour per day
    • Teaching will use Hanyu pinyin romanization and traditional characters
  2. Cultural Courses and Activities: Calligraphy, Chinese Painting, Tai Chi, Tea Ceremony, Stamp Engraving, Taiwanese Language, Chinese Cuisine, and Seminar on relevant topics
  3. Cultural and Language Exchange: One-on-one language exchange with volunteer students at National Cheng Kung university
  4. Cultural Excursions: Visiting National Palace Museum, Indigenous and Hakka Culture experience, and other cultural places
  5. Local Weekend Host Families and Volunteer in Local Schools: Students will be given additional opportunities to further immerse themselves in Taiwanese society
To apply, you may use our online application no later than February 15, 2015 for an early admission decision and by March 31, 2015 for final consideration.

Thank you for your kind help and kindest regards,


Yun-Chi Yeh, Ph.D.
Founder and  Vice President of TUSA
Professor Emeritus, Univ. of Arkansas Medical Science

Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA) Student Advisor Job Posting

A PDF version of this job posting can be found here:

Student Advisor Job Posting
Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA), a young private residential school offering Chinese students one year of intensive English-language preparation before U.S. college study, is currently seeking full-time Student Advisors.

Job Description
The Student Advisor (SA) will assist Chinese students integrating to the United States, the University of Massachusetts system, and the local community.  The Student Advisor's duties consists of designing extracurricular activities, personal advising, academic advising and administrative duties.  Student Advisors live on campus in a dorm room and serve as "live-in" staff members. This is a full-time position that includes room and board and a diverse work schedule.  Candidates must be willing and able to work some nights, weekends, holidays as well as one on-call shift per week.  The position reports to the Coordinator of Student Programs.  Click “Current Students” at to learn more.

Student Advising Responsibilities
  • Advise students by holding one-on-one meetings as well as monthly meetings with advisee group
  • Provide students with important advising information regarding students’ identified university program, study progress and attendance
  • Provide personal advising regarding the following; banking needs, cell phone service, mail systems and US culture
  • Submit monthly advising reports to administration
  • Coordinate with administration on visits to universities
  • Address student concerns compassionately and effectively
Extra Curricular Activities
  • Create, promote, and implement cultural student activities on and off campus
  • Advertise campus activities, events, and other important information
  • Design and run student-oriented educational programs throughout the school year
  • Integrate MAIA students with the local community by engaging them with local high schools and college partnership programs
  • Drive students in a 5-15 passenger vehicle to outside facilities and universities as needed including airport pickups/drop offs

Residence Life Responsibilities
  • Serve as a live-in staff member required to be on call once per week touring the building to ensure security and safety for all residents
  • Respond adequately in the event of an emergency which might be outside regularly assigned work shift
  • Update name tags, bulletin boards and conduct occasional room inspections in your assigned hallway
  • Create a comfortable and safe living space for students and staff

Administrative Duties
  • Properly communicate with students, staff, and faculty about MAIA’s policies and procedures as well as the University of Massachusetts
  • Assist instructors and coordinators with special requests and serve as centralized support
  • Sort student mail and manage student database information
  • Serve as a TOEFL Administer at MAIA’s ETS site

Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to live on-campus in a student dorm
  • Ability to fully participate during staff training session (August 10-30, 2015)
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural sensitivity
  • Ability to plan, promote, and conduct cultural activities
  • Flexible and cooperatively works well as a student advising team member
  • Organizes and manages multiple projects simultaneously

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working closely with ESL students
  • Lived, worked or studied abroad for 6+ months a plus
  • Some Residential Life experience preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate an understanding of challenges international students are faced with
  • Experience using Google products including Gmail, Drive and Calendar preferred

Physical Demands & Work Environment
  • Regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; talk or hear
  • Regularly required to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and frequently required to lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  • Specific vision abilities are required pursuant to the State's vision screening and standards for a license to drive, which might include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and are representative of levels employee would encounter while performing the essential functions of this job

Additional Information
  • Full-time position with comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, STD, LTD, Life, 401K and paid time-off. 
  • $25,000 - $27,000 annually plus meals, room and board
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Professional development opportunities (local international education conferences & on-campus presentations) 
How to Apply
Send your resume and cover letter to   Interviews will start in April 2015 and continue until the position(s) are filled. Position start date is August 10, 2015.

MAIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Brodie Henry
Senior Student Advisor
Massachusetts International Academy

280 Locke Drive
Marlborough, MA, 01752
Office: 508.229.6303

Friday, February 27, 2015

2015 Confucius Scholarship Program Now Open

The Confucius Institute at URI is now facilitating applications for the Confucius Institute Scholarship Program.  Applications are due April 15, and to be eligible URI students and URI CI-affiliated students must also take the HSK on March 28 (registration deadline for the HSK is March 18).

Confucius Institute Scholarships can cover:

  • A semester,
  • An academic year, or 
  • A full degree program
at a Chinese university.

URI students planning to study at Zhejiang University, Nanjing University, or Tianjin Normal University through the Chinese Flagship Program, IEP, or IBP during the 2015-16 academic year are encouraged to apply to help cover some of their costs.

More information and the application link at: