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OutRWU is an affinity group for faculty and staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. The group has formed to offer fellowship and support to the LGBTQ faculty and staff of RWU. Additionally, the group hopes to serve as support for LGBTQ&Q students.

The group currently meets monthly for Brown Bag lunches. Dates and times vary. Members communicate through a listserv. For more information or to join the listserv, contact Danny DiCamillo at or Pam at

Candice De Los Reyes
Associate Director, Intercultural Center

Candice De Los Reyes is the Associate Director of the Intercultural Center & Multicultural Affairs at RWU. Prior to joining RWU in February of 2012, she was the program associate for the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence at The Rhode Island Foundation where she spearheaded the effort to start the Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Program in 2009. Throughout her career, she has always been engaged in social justice work. De Los Reyes graduated from URI with a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s of Public Administration. She identifies as queer and lives in Providence with her partner.

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Michael Donnelly-Boylen
Assistant Dean of Admissions, School of Law

Michael brings fifteen years of legal education experience to his position as Assistant Dean of Admissions at Roger Williams University School of Law.  He has become a leader on issues relating to the inclusion of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population in legal education. He has also become a national speaker on issues relating to social networking and law schools. Dean Donnelly-Boylen joined RWU Law in 2002 and was promoted to Assistant Dean in 2005. He served as a member of the Law School Admissions Council’s (LSAC) LGBT Issues Subcommittee from 2007 to 2011 and served as Chair from 2009 to 2011.

Pamela Elizabeth, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor in Psychology

Pam teaches Human Sexuality and Human Behavior Courses; has lived oversees for five years as a humanitarian relief worker. Her area of specialization is 'Secondary Trauma.” She is part of the LGBTQ community as she has a bi-sexual history; former wife; still a mother of three; active in her neighborhood association; lives in Providence.

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Kristin Howley
Director of Marketing, Marketing Communications

Originally from NJ, Kristin made her home in New England after attending Boston University where she was a sister in the Delta Delta Delta sorority, a community service leader and the captain of the women’s rugby team. Kristin continued to follow her passion for rugby with the Boston Women’s Rugby Football Club until career aspirations took over. After positions with Boston College High School and Simmons College in Boston, Kristin landed at RWU where she’s been holed up in the basement of the Law School ever since. In her spare time, Kristin herds two cats, a dog and her fiancé around Providence taking advantage of all lil Rhody has to offer.

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Thomas G. Shaffer
Director of Admissions, School of Law

Tom is a 1995 graduate of Marywood University in Scranton, PA, and a 1998 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law. Prior to coming to work at RWU Law in 2008, Tom worked as a staff attorney at the U.S. District Court in Providence. Tom is admitted to practice before Rhode Island and Pennsylvania courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, and has been active with the LGBT Committee of the RI Bar Association and Lawyers for Equality and Diversity.

The Rev. Nancy Hamlin Soukup
University Multifaith Chaplain, Spiritual Life Program

For the past two years, Nancy has served as RWU’s University Multifaith Chaplain. Before this, she was on the Chaplain’s staff at Brown University for seven years. She is an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) minister. For more than two decades, she worked for international, multicultural, and multireligious centers and institutes at Harvard and Brown. Studying human rights history is her great passion. Justice seeking was seared into her growing up during the Civil Rights movement. Later, she experienced discrimination firsthand, when she came out during her ordination process in another religious denomination. It took her many years to be ordained, but, throughout the struggle, she continued to believe that her work was with all of God’s people, not segments. In her spare time, she loves to row on the Seekonk River.

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Erin M. Wright
Associate Director of Career Development, School of Law

Erin is the advisor of Roger Williams Law’s student LGBTQ group, the Immediate Past Chair of the LGBT Section of the National Association for Law Placement, and is on the Membership Committee of the National LGBT Bar Association. Erin has authored and coauthored several LBGT articles, has moderated a panel at the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, and has spoken on a panel regarding counseling LGBT students after the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Erin graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School, a Master in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College.

John Zajicek
Assistant Director, Student Programs & Leadership

John is originally from South Florida and attended college at the University of Central Florida where he received his BA in Political Science in 2010 and MA in Educational Leadership in 2012. He advises the Campus Entertainment Network and coordinates New Student & Family Orientation. John identifies as a gay man and hopes that through this group, students and staff see unity and strength within the LGBT community at Roger Williams University.

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