Diversity at Providence College

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Diversity at Providence College

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As a predominantly white institution, PC aims to work equitably and thoughtfully to strengthen the experiences of students who identify as members of BIPOC communities.

Justin Babu ’23


Studying for a month in Ireland, hosting a radio show, and advocating for inclusivity at the local YMCA are only a few things keeping Justin busy.

Mariela Flores ’23


At PC, Mariela has found a community and a passion in helping others as a resident assistant, and as a mentor to first-year and first-generation students.

Santiago “Santi” Najarro Cano ’24


A first-generation American, Santi is a campus leader studying Marketing and Theatre, who describes himself as an artist as much as businessperson.

representation by the numbers


Class of 2023 BIPOC Senior Recognition Ceremony

multicultural scholars program

The MSP supports students who are have exceptional potential for leadership in service of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Providence College and in their future careers.

  • Four-year, full or partial tuition scholarship
  • Transitions pre-orientation program
  • Academic advising and mentoring
  • Cohort meetings
Learn more about the multicultural scholars program
Adebimpe "Addie" Dare

…I hope to be a part of our students’ support network, provide resources, and see them through the end.

Adebimpe “Addie” Dare
Assistant Dean/Director of Multicultural Student Success

Friartown Summer Reception three students holding Providence College flags


Providence College has designed dozens of essential campus resources that are integral to the growth and success of PC students — many designed specifically

Horizons students in blue and red shirts


The Horizons Program helps to fulfill the college’s commitment to give students the tools to navigate and acclimate to the campus culture while maintaining their identities and cultural values. It supports multicultural students, first year through senior year, and includes a weekend retreat in the fall semester.

Learn more about horizons


The PC1G Initiative is designed to help first-generation students and their families find resources and programs, and have their questions answered. To raise awareness for the first-generation student experience, members of the community are invited to celebrate First-Generation College Student Day each November and PC1G Senior Celebration each May.

Learn more about PC1G
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Students posing next to Moore Hall

Peer Mentoring Program

PMP builds community, offers social and academic support, and creates a reflective environment for students. The PMP program teaches students how to navigate the college community, balance relationships between home and campus, and create a network of support from peers and faculty.​​​

Learn more about peer mentoring


En Providence College, te uniras a una comunidad motivada y desafiante, basada em la tradición católica y dominicana e inspirada en pensar en grande y en nuevas ideas.

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Class of 2023 BIPOC Senior Recognition Ceremony group photo

Dr. Christopher Arroyo

There are tons of resources, both personal and material, at a college campus but you have to know that they are there and how to access them, which is often not something first-gen students know.

Dr. Christopher Arroyo
Philosophy Professor and PC1G Partner


African American Society
Afro-caribbean Association
Asian American Association
Association of Latino Professionals for America
Be Educated, Live With Inspiration, And Evaluate Equity (Believe)
Believers Of Words
Board Of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA)

English As A Second Language (ESL)
Embody Love
Footprints Gospel Choir
Global Service Immersion
Multicultural Outreach
Motherland Dance Group
National Association Of Black Accountants
One Love
Organization Of Latin American Students

more clubs and orgs
Map of New England, centered on Providence Rhode Island


Conveniently situated 50 miles from Boston and three hours from New York City by car, Providence is serviced by Rhode Island TF Green International Airport, Amtrak, and several coach bus lines. There’s plenty to enjoy when you visit Providence College. Stay a while — you won’t regret it.

Dr. Christopher Chambers

“Providence provides all the value and possibility of city life without the crowds and frenzied energy of a larger city. To me, this makes the theater, art, food, opportunities to experience new things, and the diversity you have in an urban area all more accessible.”

Dr. Christopher Chambers
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

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