The URI Alumni of Color Network (ACN) was founded in 2007 to provide opportunities for interaction and collaboration among alumni, students, staff, and faculty of color. The ACN provides professional and personal development, networking, advocacy, and community-building opportunities. These include:
The ACN Committee holds bi-monthly evening meetings at either the Alumni Center on the Kingston Campus or in the Shepard Building on the Providence Campus. In addition, there are three subcommittees that hold separate meetings: Student Involvement/Scholarship, Advocacy and Awareness, and Strategies for Self Development.
March 27, 2014 • 5:30 p.m.
Spring 2014 Alumni Panel Event
Memorial Union Ballroom, Kingston Campus
More details and registration are available here.
Come hear panelists from a wide range of careers talk about their experiences and challenges as professionals of color. After the discussion, you’ll have a chance to ask questions and then network with the panelists and fellow attendees at the complimentary dinner. Please register by March 20. Cost: Free. Attire: Business casual. Contact: Darthula Mathews ’13, Alumni Relations, 401.874.5573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Forum Panelists:
Maxwell Adepoju ’10
Music Programming Manager, BET Networks
Asad Akinfolarin ’08, M.S. ’11
Associate Engineering Supervisor, National Grid
Gisel Bello ’13
Clinical Research Assistant, Rhode Island Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital
Antonio David ’99
Health and Physical Education Instructor, Robert L. Bailey IV Elementary School
Sixcia Devine ’99
CEO, Sixcia Business Consulting
Creative Director, Caritas Smile
Domingo Morel ’98
Ph.D. Candidate, Brown University
Kimberly Oliveira ’12
Registered Nurse, Tavares Pediatric Center
December 11, 2013
Alumni of Color Network Celebration
The ACN held a reception at the Alumni Center in honor of the URI College of Business students who recently represented URI at the 29th Annual Minority Business Conference in Boston. The group participated in the Conference’s Student Case Competition and took home first place honors, beating the likes of Babson and Bentley!
November 14, 2013
Intercultural Training – Business in Latin America
Business development expert Sixcia Devine ’99 shared her insights into the unique opportunities for success and potential challenges in the Latin American market niche. Attendees at her workshop at the Alumni Center received real-world strategies for this growing market. Sixcia is the founder of an international consulting firm that connects clients with Latin American countries, and the author of Tapping into the Hispanic Market.
March 28, 2013
Alumni of Color Network • Alumni Panel
The URI Alumni of Color Network hosted their annual Spring 2013 Alumni Panel in the Memorial Union Ballroom. Panelists from a variety of careers spoke to students about their experiences and challenges as professionals of color in today’s society and their experiences while attending URI. Students had the opportunity to network and learn from alumni who are currently in the workforce.
Panelists included: Victor Capellan ’92, Deputy Superintendent of Transformation for Central Falls High School, Melissa Fajardo ’12, Graduate Assistant of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Melissa Husband MPA ’10, Executive Director of the Providence Community Action, Etienne Kotey ’04, Managing Partner at Effortless Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Darryl Mensah ’08 MS ’10, Electrical Engineer of Torpedo System Department at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC), John Newson ’92, Judge at Connecticut Superior Court, and Leslie Tavares ’05 MOS ’12, Validation Specialist/R&D Microbiologist at Rapid Micro Biosystems.
See photos from the Alumni of Color Network Spring 2013 Alumni Panel event.
ACN Executive Committee
Chair: Michelle Fontes-Barros '96 M'11
Vice Chair: Tyrene Jones ‘10
“ I joined ACN to be among individuals of the same intellectual caliber. I wanted to be with people who understood my desire to better myself through education.” — Alice Odhiambo ’11
“ ACN does an excellent job to ensure that alumni of color continue to support the goals of the collective URI community. A strong, positive, and lasting relationship with its alumni is essential to the livelihood of any institution of higher learning.” — Ray Watson MCP ’05
“ For me, the highlights of the ACN events are witnessing current students making connections with alumni of color and having the opportunity to reconnect with other alumni.” — Bobby Britto-Oliveira ’06, MS ’11
Shana Greene '95, M.S. '97
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
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