“The Boston Globe reports that the university was the only organization to bid for the contract.”
If you know anything about Rhode Island politics, you might be worried about the potential for corruption here.
Campus Reform reports:
RI city pays Roger Williams University $99,000 to oversee ‘reparations’
Roger Williams University has officially been hired by the city of Providence to oversee a new reparations program for the city’s black and indigenous population.
According to the city’s proposal for the program, RWU will be paid a generous $99,196 to oversee an effort of community outreach, also known as reconciliation. The university’s responsibilities will include identifying stakeholders, crafting key goals for reparations, and developing a framework for future phases of the program by the end of the year. RWU will also lead community conversations about the city’s history, and discussions about the reparations program’s potential structure and goals.
The Providence Cultural Equity Initiative is listed as a subcontractor for the reparations proposal and the Providence Public Library as a partner.
According to the document, the Providence Cultural Initiative will receive $35,000, leaving $64,196 going to the university.
“For decades, Roger Williams University (RWU) has been establishing its role as a resource to historically under-resourced and underrepresented communities through its social justice-oriented community programming and policy centers at its Providence-based University College,” the proposal states.
The Boston Globe reports that the university was the only organization to bid for the contract.
According to the proposal, “community meetings” in areas that have “historically been populated by African heritage and indigenous communities” will take place.
Furthermore, “Lead stakeholders,” will serve as “paid consultants.”
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