March 11, 2022 — In February 2022, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities put out a public call for up to 10 Community Partners to participate in the development of the Rhode Island Civic Health Index, the first-ever data-driven report assessing the state of Rhode Island’s civic health. Over 50 Rhode Islanders replied and the Council is thrilled to announce the following individuals who will be serving as our Community Partners.
RI Civic Health Index Community Partners include:
Cathleen Carr (she/her), South Kingstown
Christine Costa (she/her), Tiverton
Diana Figueroa (she/her), Pawtucket
Wanda Hopkins (she/her), Hopkinton
Mariam Kaba (she/her), Woonsocket
Alex Kithes (he/him), Woonsocket
Joel Rosario Tapia (he/him, they/them), Providence
Doug Victor (he/him), Providence
Kilah Walters-Clinton (she/her), Providence
Jannessa Ya (she/her), Cranston
These Community Partners span in age from 14-25 to 58-65+ and each have strong connections within their communities (geographic, religious, educational, racial/ethnic, gender and sexual identity, cultural, etc.), and have taken a formal or informal leadership role within those communities. Their unique perspectives will shape the development of the Civic Health Index based on their own experiences and insights, ensuring that the Index reflects the stories and truths they hold about Rhode Island, and about how their communities participate in civic life in the state. The Humanities Council and its partners will promote the finished Index statewide and nationwide, making it a powerful opportunity to present civic life in Rhode Island as Rhode Islanders experience it.
Click here for more details about the RI Civic Health Index initiative. Individuals and organizations that would like to be involved in supporting the RI Civic Health Index may do so through signing up to serve as volunteer Community Ambassadors. Volunteering in this way will help build the Civic Health Index network, connecting Index-related activities and events with communities across Rhode Island.