URI to hold vigil Wednesday, July 13, to mourn loss of those killed in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas

Program begins at 1 p.m. in front of Multicultural Student Services Center

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862 |

WHO: David M. Dooley, URI president; Naomi Thompson, associate vice president for Community, Equity and Diversity; the Rev. Dr. Vanessa Quainoo, associate professor and chair of Africana Studies; Michael Jagoda, University Police major; Frank Forleo, assistant director of Talent Development; Paul Bueno de Mesquita, professor and director of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies; and Marc D. Hardge, guaranteed admissions program coordinator, Talent Development; students, faculty and staff

 WHAT: URI vigil to mourn the loss of those who were killed last week in Baton Rogue, La., St. Paul, Minn. and Dallas Texas. From a message signed by University leaders announcing the vigil: “As the country continues to react and respond to the recent events, as a university community we will uphold our values of treating each other with respect and with dignity. We must come together to support all members of our community in an effort to promote a more humane and just society. We must not blame entire groups of people, or all those belonging to a particular profession, for the horrific acts of individuals. Let us recommit to uniting as a community. Let us recognize that finding solutions and healing will not be easy and will take time. Every positive and loving action, no matter how small, can be a step toward a better future.”

WHERE: University of Rhode Island Kingston Campus, outside the Multicultural Student Services Center, 74 Lower College Road.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016, 1 p.m.

TO MAKE COVERAGE ARRANGEMENTS: Call Dave Lavallee, URI Marketing and Communications, 401-874-5862.