Two Bristol organizations, along with the Town of Bristol, will be working alongside Roger Williams University students on community projects, starting this fall.
The projects, directed through the university’s Community Partnership Center, are:
- The Herreshoff Marine Museum: Students will pursue three projects with the museum including researching the history of the Herreshoff Manufacturing Company, incorporating analysis of its business model and documenting its oral history. Graphic design students will also create a project plan to help the museum enhance its brand identity.
- Mount Hope Farm: The project will identify, organize and archive historical documents. Students will also help to prioritize which documents to begin digitizing in an online archive.
- Town of Bristol: Students will create a Bristol waterfront development plan with conceptual specifications for the waterfront boardwalk, including proposed cost estimates and recommended phases for its future implementation.
The Center pairs students and faculty with local nonprofits, municipalities and other organizations to tackle community projects that require specialized expertise or additional resources. Students apply classroom learning and gain real-world experience by engaging in community projects such as economic development research and planning, public policy formulation, architectural design and urban planning.
Last spring, business students at the university helped the Town of Bristol determine if transforming its historic Naval Armory building into a maritime welcome center for boaters was financially feasible and economically beneficial. The students found the project financially sound and as a result, the Town of Bristol recently landed an $860,000 boating infrastructure grant to fund the creation of the maritime center.