“The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it – at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.” James Baldwin

  • Are you interested in connecting with leaders and educators of color committed to educational equity?

  • Do you have an innovative idea on how to address issues of inequities and would like to share it with community members?

  • Or do you just want to chill, be inspired, and be surrounded by leaders and educators of color in our state?

EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island provides a space where you can do all of the above. We are developing an ecosystem of leaders and educators of color to build our network, social capital, and elevate our voices. This work involves everyone and so we welcome all but specifically focus on creating a supportive space for groups of people that historically have been underserved and marginalized.

Our November 2018 meetup will be hosted at the WaterFire Arts Center. We will feature several leaders from different backgrounds who are working to improve the lives of our young people.

Speaker line-up include:

Marcy Reyes, internationally recognized businesswoman, RIC faculty and change maker, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Financial Literacy Youth (FLY) Initiative, a non-profit organization that provides culturally responsive financial literacy programming to underserved and underrepresented students; empowering youth with the knowledge, skills and experiences to end generational poverty.

In addition to her work with The FLY Initiative, Marcy serves as an adjunct faculty member in RIC's School of Business, is the former assistant vice president of consumer credit for Santander Bank, N.A., and current manager of Small Group Rating and Operations at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI).

Marcy serves on the board of the BCBSRI Diversity and Inclusion Council, chairs BCBSRI's Latin@Link, an employee resource group and was recently named to the Alumni Association Board of Directors at Rhode Island College.

Corey Brown is the founder and driving force of “We Got Next” summer basketball league. He also coaches the South Providence Recreational 10 and Under team. As a league, We Got Next has grown to the point where it helps 500 - 600 kids per year for the last seven (7) years. With little support, over 4,000+ Kids have been able to be fit, healthy and active sometimes for free or minimal cost. His summer league is generally about $25 dollars which helps to fund the t-shirts and if possible, pay referees.

This amazing program -running on barebones and by any means- gives youth a positive outlet. Now Corey Brown and We Got Next would like to offer these youth and future leaders the ability to participate in summer activities, AAU and more.

Carlene Fonseca is the Associate Director at the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College where she cultivates campus-community partnerships, directs the Feinstein Community Fellows program, and connects students with meaningful engaged learning opportunities in Rhode Island. Carlene is a life-long resident of Central Falls, RI. She serves as President Pro-Temp in her 3rd year on the Central Falls City Council.

Carlene is a first generation Cape Verdean American who strongly believes education is the key to opening up doors. Carlene pursued her dream of going to school in Washington, DC., receiving her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and her M.A. in Criminology at The George Washington University. Prior to her move back to RI, Carlene served as the Confidential Liaison to the White House Liaison at the United States Agency for International Development. Most recently, she served the Central Falls School District as Director of 21st Century Programs handling over half a million dollars in grant funding for all summer and after school programs in the district.

Carlene is extremely active in the RI community, serving on the Upward Bound Scholarship Committee & the Central Falls Prevention Coalition. She is a graduate of the RI Chapter of New Leaders Council and Boston Metro Area Chapter of Education Pioneers. Carlene hopes to bring her extensive work experience with underserved communities, community stakeholders, and educational institutions to the Providence College campus.

We will provide food, beer, and wine for the evening. We hope to see you there!