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Diversity Outreach Team

The Diversity Outreach Team is a group of dynamic and passionate undergraduate students who work closely with the Office of Admission to recruit students from underrepresented backgrounds. They are excited to provide information about our diverse campus community and the application process to multicultural and first-generation high school students. High school students are encouraged to reach out to members of the Diversity Outreach Team with questions about extracurricular activities, cultural clubs, academic majors and minors, and the City of Providence. The Diversity Outreach Team is also responsible for planning our Multicultural Fly-In and Overnight Programs: Pathways to PC in the fall and Night in Friartown for admitted students in the spring.

Laura Arango ‘20

Hometown: Cranston, RI
Academics: Biology Major, English Minor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Head Resident Assistant, Organization of Latin American Students, Alpha Epsilon Delta, PC Chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness, Active Minds, Feinstein Fellow, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, Mental Health Month Planning Committee

  Hey everyone! I’m Laura Arango and I am a senior at PC. I study Biology and English (I know, it’s a weird combination) on a pre-med track. Being a first-generation student, I had no idea what I was doing coming into college or even what I was doing during the application process. I figured it out though and I couldn’t have done it without the amazing people I met along the way. I’m not gonna lie though, everything isn’t always great and sunny during your college years, but just know you’ll come out of here wiser, stronger, and with a whole new family! Don’t be afraid to get comfortable with the uncomfortable and know that you’re never alone here in Friartown. We are Friar Family!

Jerriscia Johnson ’21

Hometown: Hartford, CT 
Academics: Psychology Major, Black Studies Minor, Premedicine Advising Program
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: First-Generation Peer Mentoring Program, Diversity Outreach Team, Afro-Caribbean Association.

Hey!! I’m Jerriscia Johnson, a Tobagonian Senior here at PC. Coming from an urban, low income area, I found it difficult adapting to the culture differences here on campus. Don’t worry, with determination and hope everyone, including you, can create their own path at PC with the resources and connections we have to offer. I learned to love my campus with the help of the Diversity Outreach Team and multicultural programs. Coming here I learned, “You are no better than anyone else, and no one is better than you” – Katherine Johnson.

Princely Tamfu ’21

Hometown: Fitchburg, MA
Academics: Biology Major, Sociology Major, Spanish Minor
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Involvement: Board of Multicultural Student Affairs Marketing Chair, Brotherhood Secretary, Diversity Outreach Team, AMSA

Cecy Granados ’22

Student

Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Academics: Health Policy & Management Major, Global Studies Major, French Minor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Peer Mentoring Program Coordinator, Undergraduate Research, Feinstein Fellows, Peer Ministry, French Club, Diversity Outreach Team

Hey everyone! My name is Cecy Granados, and I am a Health Policy & Management and Global Studies double major with a minor in French. I am a Junior at Providence College and a first-generation college student. As the daughter of immigrant parents and as a student who is from Maryland, I can certainly say that my transition into college was not easy. PC has truly become a home away from home and it has provided me with endless resources. It has been a place in which I have felt a sense of community and support. I know that applying to college can be nerve-wracking especially during times of uncertainty, however, the biggest advice I could give you is to never underestimate your potential. Our faculty and students at PC truly want to see you succeed and will do anything to help you. If you have any questions about PC or my experience please reach out, I’m more than welcome to help!

Deyreni Ferreras ‘22

Hometown: Providence, RI
Academics: Social Work Major, Sociology Minor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Women Empowered Executive Board, Horizons Mentor, Rugby Team, Diversity Outreach Team

Hey y’all!! My name is Deyreni Ferreras and I am currently a Junior at Providence College with a Social Work major and Sociology minor. I am from Providence, Rhode Island. Coming from Hope High School, which is predominantly students of color, to Providence College, where it is a predominantly white institution (PWI), I had an uneasy transition because I kept doubting myself and my ability to succeed compared to my peers. But I had people in my corner that constantly supported me and pushed to persevere through any obstacles that came my way, and for them, I’ll forever be grateful. One thing you should know before coming to PC is that you will never feel alone, you will have people supporting you every step of the way until you cross that stage at graduation!

Edy Pineda ’22

Student

Hometown: Patucket, RI
Academics: Biology Major, Sociology Major, Premedicine Advising Program
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Involvement: Organization of Latino American Students (OLAS), Student Organized Against Racism (SOAR), Undergraduate Research, Resident Assistant, Diversity Outreach Team

Hello! My name is Edy and I am a Junior here at PC! I was proudly born in Guatemala, but was raised locally in Pawtucket, RI. I went to an intentionally diverse high school that serves urban and suburban communities which has inspired me to continue serving my communities by studying Biology and Sociology in order to become a physician. If I’m not studying, catch me on a run, at the gym or playing soccer in my favorite Messi jersey! Finding and settling into the right college may be a nerve wracking process, but for me, Providence College has become a home that I love and always try to make a better place. If you have any questions about Providence College or my experience, please reach out! – Vamos Friars!

Ernest Frimpong ‘22

Hometown: The Bronx, New York
Academics: Health Policy & Management Major, Pre-PA concentration
Pronouns: He/His/Him
Involvement: Friars Club, Horizons, Brotherhood, Diversity Outreach Team, Motherland, Afro-Am, Orientation Leader, Sports Medicine

What’s up ya’ll. My name is Ernest and I am a Junior from The boogie down Bronx (Highbridge) undergoing a Health Policy & Management major on a Pre-PA (Physician Assistant) track (talk about a mouthful). Ok, now that the formalities are out of the way, do me a favor and take three deep breaths. How was that? The college process is known to be a stressful time on everyone but hopefully it’s not for you. Coming into the process, I tried my best to always keep a clear head and when I came on a school trip to visit Providence everything was as clear as 20/20 vision. The support that I believed I could receive at PC was a major factor in me applying and two years later I could not see myself anywhere else! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask; it can be about anything. Good luck and Go Friars!!

Joseph Adegboyega ‘22

Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Academics: Marketing Major, Finance Major
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Involvement: Afro Am, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs, Horizons, Brotherhood, NABA, Diversity Outreach Team, Orientation Leader

What’s up! My name is Joseph Adegboyega, I’m a Junior from Pawtucket, RI and double majoring in Marketing and Finance. As a child of immigrant parents, college has always been the goal but coming from the inner city and a public high school, where most kids go to state schools, I never envisioned myself at PC. During the spring of my senior year of high school, I attended the Night in Friartown program and the visit turned out to be a major factor in my college decision. Roughly two years later now, and I have absolutely no regrets with my decision to come to PC. Since being here, I’ve realized that I’ve come a long way, but I have a long way to go because my potential is limitless and yours is too! Definitely feel free to reach out to me with any questions/concerns. Best of luck to you and Go Friars!

Sara Poulard ’22

Student

Hometown: Stamford, CT
Academics: Psychology Major, Business & Innovation Certificate
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Feinstein Fellow, Footprints Gospel Choir (Secretary), Undergraduate Psychology Research, Horizons (Peer Mentorship Program), Motherland Dance Group, Diversity Outreach Team

Hey everyone! I’m Sara Poulard, born and raised in Stamford, CT, and at PC, I study Psychology and Business Innovation! Nice to meet you! All my life, I’ve attended affluent predominantly white institutions so I know what it’s like to be in a constant state of feeling like the odd one out. Through my experiences however, I’ve learned that in those moments when I felt ashamed or embarrassed of my differences, I was really hiding the different qualities that make me who I am. Rather than concealing my identity from the communities I am a part of, I realized the value in taking pride and ownership in what I bring to these communities just by being me. College is a great place to exercise your pride and showcase all the beautiful qualities that make you you and unique. At PC, there are tons of opportunities for students to engage in events that present all the diversity that does exist and I really encourage all of you to find those spaces that will allow you to put yourself on display. So take my word and get out there and show us all that you are made of, because trust me, PC will most definitely benefit from all that you have to offer!

Savannah Martinez ‘22

Hometown: Cranston, RI
Academics: Psychology Major
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: First-Year Resident Assistant, Women Empowered, Motherland Dance Group, Diversity Outreach Team, and Horizons Mentor Program

Hey! My name is Savannah Martinez, and I’m currently a Junior, Psychology major here at PC. As a senior in high school, I didn’t think I would end up at a college ten minutes away from home. Even though I originally wanted to go farther away for school, I can’t picture myself anywhere but PC. The Night in Friartown program, where students who identify as students of color get to experience a night stay at PC, was what made me decide to attend PC. The community of color on this campus may not be the biggest, but everyone included in it really makes PC feel like home. No school is going to be perfect in every area, but in my opinion, PC has a really great amount of resources in order to thrive as a student and as a growing adult. My advice to anyone looking to attend PC would be to put yourself out there, because you’ll only get out what you put in! 🙂

Vanessa Mckenzie ’22

Student

Hometown: Roxbury, MA
Academics: Social Work Major, Sociology Major
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Team Member at Slavin Information Desk, Horizons Peer Mentor, Women Empowered, Diversity Outreach Team

Hey everyone! My name is Vanessa Mckenzie and I am a Junior here at PC! I am a Social Work major and Sociology minor. My transition into college was a difficult one, but in the end I came out strong! Like most of you, I came from an urban environment/high school, and coming to PC was a huge change. After meeting so many people who looked like me, and even people who offered to help me acclimate, I started feeling more at home. After that, I told myself I’d pass this gesture on, and help anyone who feels alone to always have a friend in me. With that being said, I can’t wait to be that person for you! See you in Friartown!

Xadia Goncalves ‘22

Hometown: Scituate, MA
Academics: Biology Major and Spanish Minor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Research, Peer Ministry, Diversity Outreach Team

Hey! I am currently a Junior at Providence College studying Biology while trying to navigate my way through a pre-med track. As a first-generation college student, applying for college was difficult to say the least. The resources here at PC have allowed me to truly find my passions when it comes to my major and also issues that exist in the world today. Please feel free to reach out in regards to the college application process, my major or any questions you may have about PC.

Yelitza Montesino ’22

Student

Hometown: Cranston, RI
Academics: Political Science Major, Philosophy Minor
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Involvement: Women Empowered Executive Board, Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA), Motherland Dance Group, Pre-Law Society, Diversity Outreach Team

Hey! My name is Yelitza Montesino and I am a Political Science major on the Pre-Law Track. As a first generation college student, the thought of going to college was the scariest but also the most exciting step in my life. The application process and deciding where to go was a very difficult process. Nonetheless, I am extremely happy with the choice that I made and know that all of my hard work has finally paid off. One of my favorite things about PC is the strong sense of community and the family that I have found. I have learned that there will always be someone rooting for you no matter how hard it might get. I know that the process is stressful but you’re almost there! If you ever have any questions or need any help, please do not hesitate to ask or reach out! You already have one person rooting for you! 🙂

Emiliano Moreno ’23

Student

Hometown: Providence, RI
Academics: Finance Major, History Minor
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Involvement: Executive Board on Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Organization for Latino American Students (OLAS), Peer Mentoring Program mentor, BrotherHood, Diversity Outreach Team

What’s up everyone! My name is Emiliano Moreno, but everyone calls me Emi. I am part of the Class of 2023 at PC. I am happy to say that my first year at PC was an amazing experience. I met lots of great friends, faculty, and other students! As a commuter, I thought I wasn’t going to have as great an experience like the students living on campus, but never have I been so wrong about anything else. Coming to PC I felt welcomed and at home. I decided to get involved on campus and that helped me grow a stronger bond with other students, faculty, and it opened up a lot of opportunities for me. PC was not my top choice because I lived 10 minutes away, but it’s definitely the best choice I’ve ever made! GO FRIARS!

Giovanni Hamilton ’23

Student

Hometown: Manchester/Hartford, CT
Academics: Management Major
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Involvement: Security Monitor, Student Congress, Afro Am, Afro Caribbean Association, BrotherHood, Diversity Outreach Team

What’s up! My name is Giovanni Hamilton but you can call me Gio 🙂 Growing up I was constantly moving and switching schools, so I never felt like I had a place to call home. But then I visited Friartown for the first time and knew that would change. The people here care for your well-being and want to see you succeed in every way possible. I feel what really drew me into committing to PC was the amazing community the people of color have created here. I instantly felt welcomed and looked after. Providence presents this atmosphere where it doesn’t matter where you’re from or what you look like as long as you’re a Friar you’ll be accepted. Once I experienced my first semester at Providence College, I immediately knew this was a place I could call home. I want to promote PC every way I can, and I’m here to answer any questions you have, so feel free to send them my way!

Lowis Sanchez ’23

Student

Hometown: Lawrence, MA
Academics: Political Science Major, Global Studies Major
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Involvement: Student Congress, Student Diversity Advisory Council, Residence Hall Association, Organization for Latin American Students (OLAS), Diversity Outreach Team

What’s up guys! My name is Lowis Sanchez and I am a member of the Class of 2023! Having attended a PWI high school, I wasn’t one to have experienced the culture shock some students may feel when attending PC for the first time, as it already happened to me when I made the transition from a public school to a private high school. I completely understand, however, how daunting the idea of attending a PWI can be. Nevertheless, don’t let that stop you from branching out! There are so many communities at PC that are just waiting to embrace you with open arms for who you are as a person, ESPECIALLY the first few months when everyone’s just trying to meet new people. My first year at Providence College was a year of so much growth. I was challenged academically but was able to overcome my struggles with the adoption of a good routine. I joined numerous communities, where I established relationships with some of the best people I’ve ever met! These next four years will challenge the type of person you are now, but if you approach them with an open mindset they will be awesome! Definitely feel free to slide me any questions if you might have any, I got you 🙂 Go Friartown!