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:
December 11, 2013 • 5:30 p.m. Kingston, RI
Alumni of Color Network Celebration
The Alumni Association’s ACN invites you to a reception 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. Join us at the Alumni Center to congratulate our winning team! Cost: Free. Contact: Darthula Mathews ’13, Alumni Relations, 401.874.5573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
March 28, 2013
Alumni of Color Network • Alumni Panel
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
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881