Who We Are
The Community Partnerships Center (CPC) at Roger Williams University.
We are the stepping stone between the classroom and the real world. Local businesses in the RI and South Eastern MA are able to apply for projects to be completed by RWU students and classes. Students get real-world experience before they even leave the classroom! Stop by and visit! We're located in the only farmhouse of campus!
Our mission is to undertake and complete projects that will benefit the local communities within Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts while providing RWU students with experience in real-world projects that deepen their academic experiences.
Why "The Flip Side"?
When trying to come up with a blog name, we wanted it to be something fun that showed why this blog was created. Using traditional social media, we have found we just can't go as in-depth on our projects. This blog will hopefully provide all readers with a deeper understanding of what happens at the CPC by sharing all the untold stories, and behind the scenes looks at various projects.
- Project Coordinator
Mia Viverios was born and raised in Bristol, RI. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Mia is pursuing her master’s degree in Leadership this spring 2018 at Roger Williams University. Her work background spans from working with families and the elderly population in the social work field, to recruitment and training of college students for a nationally known college internship program.
- Associate Provost for Community Engaged Learning
Allen Hance has recently joined our team as the Associate Provost for Community Engaged Learning. Having been the Assistant Dean of the College for Community Engaged Curriculum at Brown University, where he developed strategic partnerships and academic pathways for community engagement scholarship and experiential learning, and the Director of Academic Engagement at Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service, designing and implementing community-engaged scholarship programs for undergraduates, building grant programs to help instructors integrate community engagement into their courses, and leading faculty learning communities on high-impact teaching and learning practices, Hance is a monumental asset to our team here at the CPC. Hance has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philosophy from Boston College, an M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College.
Meet the Mascots!
Penelope is a junior majoring in Underwater Basket Weaving with a minor in Staying Warm.. She has a deep love for community engagement and experiential learning. Penelope hopes to one day run the CPC and open a branch in her birth continent, Antarctica; as well as, be a professional coffee drinker.
Preston is flippers down, the strongest bird in the bunch! Surviving a near-fatal drowning on campus, he was nursed back to health and quickly assumed a management position on our team! Now, through a partnership with Penelope Flip, He hopes to bring a little bit Antarctica life to the community.