The University of Rhode Island opens a new center Wednesday for Gender and Sexuality. The campus has struggled in the past with incidents of aggression against gay students and faculty. Now, it is the first school to in the country to design and construct a center dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender programs.
The center will also provide programs for straight students to help them understand what their peers may be facing.
Graduating senior Jessica Brand says as a transgender woman, she welcomes the new resource.
Governor Gina Raimondo and other elected officials were in Newport Tuesday celebrating the opening of the Volvo Ocean Race village at Fort Adams. The international sailing race is set to hit Newport by week’s end.
The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are speeding closer to Newport, where they’re expected to dock later this week. The race is one of the biggest in the sailing world, covering some 40-thousand nautical miles. It takes nine months to complete. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught up with a sailor on one of the boats. Nick Dana hails from Newport, at 29, he’s one of the youngest crew members for Team Alvimedica. Dana spoke by a satellite phone as the team heads from Brazil towards the east coast.
Activists rallied at Providence College Monday to call attention to what they say is racial profiling. Professor Julia Jordan-Zachery has complained she was interrogated by campus police for parking in a faculty space. The demonstrators said the incident is part of a larger pattern of targeting minorities by campus police officers.
Jordan-Zachery filed an official complaint with the college last fall. Providence College Spokesman Steve Maurano said the complaint was resolved quickly, and the head of campus security ordered additional training for campus police.