Salve Regina’s chapter of Best Buddies helps to create
and nurture enduring friendships between students and adults with developmental
disabilities. Buddies talk and e-mail regularly and gather monthly for special
functions such as athletic events, bowling, movies and dances.
A University-wide student organization, the Council for
Exceptional Children works to improve the quality of life for individuals with
exceptionalities and their families through advocacy and programming. The
council sponsors an annual Halloween dance for Salve Regina’s Best Buddies and
Learning Unlimited participants and, in collaboration with SRU Dance,
coordinates the Let Loose Dance Troupe, which allows children to enjoy the
experience of dance performance. The council also offers students networking
and employment opportunities.
Salve Regina’s Special Olympics committee organizes
volunteers for Special Olympics Rhode Island’s East Bay Area Games, held in
Newport each spring. Volunteers work with local vendors, coordinate DJs and
organizations for Olympic Town, provide public relations services and assist
athletes during the event.
The University mission of mercy and justice is an
integral part of Salve Regina’s involvement in Special Olympics Rhode Island.
Service on the committee is open to all students, allowing the Salve Regina
community to reach out to the special needs community in a greater way.
A student-led club for education majors, the Student
Education Association is open to students from all programs in the Department
of Education. The club provides support and camaraderie for students majoring
in education through a mentoring program, special events and casual monthly
Student Education Association members participate in a variety of
community events, such as March Into Reading and Special Olympics. In 2010, the
club asked resident students to donate their unneeded, gently used school
supplies and was able to donate 10 large boxes to the teen program at Newport’s
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.