University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island has submitted two collections for Project STAND, representing the URI Multicultural Center, and the African-American student newspaper, Black Gold. The archival records of the URI Multicultural Center primarily include materials related to events held and sponsored by the center, including flyers, photographs, event programs, evaluations, and related publications. The programs cover a variety of topics and constituencies in the center’s work toward the creation of a community of common understanding on the URI campus. In addition to the records of the Mulitcultural Center, The Black Gold student newspaper collection contains 10 issues. The newspaper focused on the Black student experience at URI, published between 1972 and 1973.

Featured Collection


Image: Administration Building Takover, 1971

Collection:  Subject Files- Records of the Multicultural Center

Dates: 1956-2004

Description:  The Subject Files contain records of the Multicultural Center that demonstrate the development of services to meet the needs of multicultural students at URI. Included are the activities of multicultural student organizations and Greek societies on campus, events sponsored by these organizations and the Multicultural Center, scholarship information, and employment opportunities, as well as general information on topics such as AIDS, bilingual education, and racism. Of particular interest are two events that took place at URI, both of which exemplify the frustration multicultural students feel towards racial inequality on campus: the black students’ takeover of the Administration Building in 1971, and the Taft Hall demonstration in 1992.