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Alumni of Color Network

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:

  • Career networking opportunities, including its annual spring forum where alumni panelists from a range of careers speak to students about their experiences and challenges as professionals of color.
  • Personal and professional mentoring in which URI alumni, faculty, or staff members act as role models and offer guidance to current students or recent graduates.
  • Social events, including receptions and theater evenings.
  • Service and outreach to other communities of color.

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.

If you'd like to get involved with an ACN committee, please contact Shana Greene '95, M.S '97 at 401.874.2218 or, or Darthula Mathews ’13 at 401.874.5573 or

March 27, 2014 
Spring 2014 Alumni Panel Event 
Memorial Union Ballroom, Kingston Campus

Panelists from a wide range of careers came to Memorial Union to talk about their experiences and challenges as professionals of color. After the discussion, students had the opportunity to ask questions and then network with the panelists and fellow attendees at a complimentary dinner. Watch the Livestream video below!

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

A special thank you to our partners:
Division of Student Affairs – Diversity Program Fund
Office of Community, Equity and Diversity
College of the Environmental and Life Sciences
College of Engineering
Multicultural 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.


More Information

Shana Greene '95, M.S. '97
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Alumni Center
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401.874.2218
Fax: 401.874.5957

Michelle Fontes-Barros '96 M'11
Vice Chair: Tyrene Jones ‘10


Multicultural Alumni

Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Community, Equity, and Diversity


Meet Marquis Jones and Cyntoya Simmons, and hear how ACN has influenced them!

Photo Albums

2014 Alumni Panel

2013 Alumni of Color Network Forum

2012 Alumni of Color Network Forum

2012 Blaze Restaurant, Providence, RI

2011 ACN Gathering at Olive's

2011 Spring Forum

2009 Spring Forum

2008 Panel Discussion

2008 Black Repertory Theatre Event