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Articles by Sameer Sinha (10)

About 20,000 people attended Waterfire in a special lighting that honored essential workers.

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First WaterFire lighting of the season held in honor of COVID-19 heroes

September 15, 2021 0 comments

The Providence River was lit up for the first time in nearly two years Sept. 4 as WaterFire held a special lighting in honor of “COVID heroes” — Rhode Islanders who served as essential workers throughout the pandemic.

Rising COVID-19 cases prompt new precautions in Rhode Island

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Rising COVID-19 cases prompt new precautions in Rhode Island

September 8, 2021 2 comments

Cases of COVID-19 are once again steeply increasing in Rhode Island with the prevalence of the Delta variant, prompting new restrictions and more calls for the unvaccinated to get a shot.

University rejects community stakeholders’ proposed changes to Brook Street dorm

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University rejects community stakeholders’ proposed changes to Brook Street dorm

July 19, 2021 0 comments

The University recently rejected a set of four requests regarding the planned dorm on Brook Street made by various community groups and stakeholders. A letter to University leaders and an accompanying petition asked for a reduction in height, preservation of historical buildings, preservation of retail space and for the design […]

Vice President for Campus Life Eric Estes said the cameras were always meant to be temporary.

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University removes Hegeman Hall surveillance cameras

July 1, 2021 3 comments

Security cameras in Hegeman Hall, which were initially installed in spring 2020 in response to multiple instances of homophobic graffiti and one instance of antisemitic graffiti, were recently taken down.

Ivy Plus universities will all require COVID-19 vaccinations for students in the fall, but are so far adopting different policies towards faculty and staff.

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University’s peer institutions announce COVID-19 vaccination requirements

May 27, 2021 5 comments

More schools are announcing a vaccine requirement for students returning to campus for the 2021-22 academic year, signaling a return to normalcy.

Students returning to campus for the fall semester are required to receive their final dose and upload their vaccination card to the University’s health portal by August 1.

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Mask mandate in Rhode Island lifted following CDC guidance, remains in effect at University

May 24, 2021 1 comment

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee lifted the statewide mask mandate May 18 following the release of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear a mask in most settings.

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Isabel Wilkerson discusses her new book on racial hierarchies in the United States with University Professor Amanda Anderson.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson delivers Lemley Lecture on book, speaks on U.S. divisions

April 1, 2021 0 comments

Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson likened racial divisions in the U.S. to a caste system during the Lemley Lecture on April 1 about her new book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.”

The PPSD said the displacements this year are partly a result of teacher failure to meet ESL certification requirements.

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270 PPSD teachers, staff receive displacement notices, leading to uncertainty for many

March 25, 2021 0 comments

Last Friday, the Providence Public School District notified 270 teachers and staff that they may not have their job next year as a part of an annual union notice. 

Since the Providence Public School District closed its doors a year ago at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and community members have faced a number of challenges associated with the widespread school closures.

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A year into pandemic, PPSD reopening underscores struggles for students, teachers

March 11, 2021 0 comments

Almost a year after the Providence Public School District closed its doors in March and transitioned to online learning for the remainder of the school year, faculty, community members and teachers reflect on a difficult year in PPSD.

The PEC includes members of the greater Providence community, University faculty and students and Mayor Jorge Elorza.

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Brown’s Public Education Committee meets in the midst of state takeover

January 28, 2021 0 comments

The University’s Public Education Committee discussed the allocation of a $10 million Fund for the Education of the Children of Providence at its inaugural meeting in January. The allocation comes at a crucial time for the Providence Public School District, which is currently in the midst of a state takeover.