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Reflecting Forward

A Celebration of Multiculturalism and Diversity at PC

A celebration engaging and recognizing the diversity among alumni of Providence College occurred Nov. 3-5. The event also offered alumni a chance to reconnect with classmates and friends.

Activities included the official opening of The Center at Moore Hall, a new campus center focused on the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. This multipurpose space will foster ongoing engagement with the arts, scholarship, and learning, and be a place for authentic dialogue focused on themes of social justice and community.

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Reflecting Forward featured the following schedule of events:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Celebration of Saint Martin de Porres
4:30 p.m. | Saint Martin statue between Martin Hall and Phillips Memorial Library
The Providence College community celebrated the feast day of St. Martin de Porres on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, kicking off Reflecting Forward: A Celebration of Multiculturalism and Diversity. A prayer service was offered in honor of the Dominican lay brother from Lima, Peru. Members of the Dominican community offered remarks on the work of St. Martin de Porres and offered quiet time for prayer.

BMSA Alumni Reception
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | Soft Lounge, LL01
A gathering to meet with current BMSA Executive Board Members.

SHEPARD Alumni Reception
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | SHEPARD Office in Lower Slavin
A gathering to meet current SHEPARD Executive Board Members.

Back-to-Campus Social
7 p.m. | Lower Level, Slavin Center
Mix and mingle with Friar friends while enjoying hors d’oeuvres and beverages. This event will featured special meet-ups for past and current members of the Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA) and SHEPARD.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Campus Tour*
8:30 a.m. | The Center at Moore Hall

Continental Breakfast and Check In
9 a.m. | The Center at Moore Hall
Featured greetings from Trustees Duane Bouligny ’94 and Andre Owens ’85, Reflecting Forward Co-Chairs

The Center Opening & Blessing
9:45 a.m. | The Center at Moore Hall
Remarks and Blessing by College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80
The entire PC community was invited to celebrate the official opening of a new campus center focused on the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. This multipurpose space in newly renovated Moore Hall will foster ongoing engagement with the arts, scholarship, and learning, and be a place for authentic dialogue focused on themes of social justice and community.

Reflecting Forward Program
The Center at Moore Hall
11 a.m.
Reflecting Forward: Diversity and Institutional Change College Leadership Panel
11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions

  • PC1G- Your opportunity to help PC1G be the best it can be!
    Hosted by Patricia Goff ’08G
    PC1G is a recently launched initiative designed to help first-generation students and their families find resources, programs, and campus partners at PC. This session will highlight the current initiative and then solicit ideas and feedback from alumni audience for the program moving forward, in order to better meet the needs of first-generation students at PC.
  • Inclusive Excellence in the Classroom
    Hosted by Dr. Eliane Boucher, Dr. Kathleen Cornely, Dr. Seann Mulcahy, and Dr. Lynne Lawson
    Providence College faculty shared research and strategies they are employing in the classroom to ensure that all students engage, learn, and succeed.
  • Forming an Alumni Mentor Program
    Hosted by Ralph Tavares ’01
    Members of the campus community in a roundtable discussion to determine how to build a successful Alumni Mentor Program. It was a great opportunity to share ideas and suggestions on how to strengthen the connection between current students and Providence College alumni of all ages.
  • Building Bridges
    Hosted by Tiffany Gaffney ’03, Cate Latz ’13 and Dr. Christopher Arroyo
    Three members of the community who have found themselves in the center of the conversation about LGBTQ+ identities at Providence College. An administrator, a staff member, and a faculty member shared their experiences building relationships, building bridges, and being bridges as they strive to improve the Providence College experience for students, faculty and staff.

Reflecting Forward Luncheon
12:45 p.m. | Ryan Center for Business Studies
Cost: $20
During lunch, keynote speaker James P. Huguley, Ed.D. ’99 will address issues of diversity and inclusion in higher education. Huguley is assistant professor, Center on Race and Social Problems, School of Social Work, and co-coordinator, Combined Program in Social Work and Education, at the University of Pittsburgh. His work focuses on school-based interventions that promote positive developmental outcomes for students of color. Read his full bio >

Campus Tour*
2 p.m. | The Ryan Center for Business Studies

Men’s Basketball vs. Baruch College
2 p.m. | Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Cheer on the Friars with friends and family.

Campus Tour*
5 p.m. | The Center at Moore Hall

Reflecting Forward Dinner
Slavin Center
Cost: $35
$25 – FOLD (Friars of the Last Decade, Classes of 2008-17)?
6 p.m.

6:30 p.m.
Gather with alumni and members of the PC community for a reception, dinner, and presentations from PC graduates spanning the generations. Each speaker will share a Reflecting Forward story about what their student experiences mean to them today. The evening will also feature entertainment by PC’s talented student performers.

Dinner Speakers
Mallory Davis ’81
Irene Rodriguez-Martin ’79
Paige Clausius-Parks ’03
Osvaldo Marti ’07

Closing Remarks
Duane Bouligny ’94 and Andre Owens ’85

Reflecting Forward Celebration
8:30 p.m. | ’64 Hall, Slavin Center
A DJ will provide entertainment as Friartown alumni and students share a dance floor and stories of PC from then and now.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Interfaith Spiritual Reflections
9:15 a.m. | St. Dominic Chapel
Members of the Friar family will share spiritual reflections during this interfaith gathering.

10:15 a.m. | Campus Ministry Center, St. Dominic Chapel (Lower Level)
Cost: $10 (Students: Complimentary)

Catholic Mass
Those interested in attending Catholic Mass after Brunch may choose to attend the following services:
11 a.m. | St. Dominic Chapel
11:15 a.m. (Spanish) | St. Pius Church
5 p.m. (English) | St. Pius Church

Alumni are also encouraged to explore the PC campus: shop at the bookstore, take a guided tour of campus, visit the new exhibit in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, or check out the PC Galleries.

Learn more about PC’s campus transformation projects.

Steering Committee

The following steering committee has guided the creation and planning of Reflecting Forward: A Celebration of Multiculturalism at PC, Nov. 3 – 5, 2017.

Duane Bouligny ’94, Co-Chair

Taiwo Adefiyiju ’14
Assistant Director/Career Coach, Career Education Center

Owen Bligh ’10
Associate Dean, Admissions

Robert Ferreira ’83
Assistant Vice President, Alumni Relations

Andrea Keefe ’03
Director, Major Gifts

Brittany McHale ’11
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations

Madeline Parmenter
Director, Media Relations Public & Community Affairs

Harold Starks ’86
Athletics Alumni Relations Coordinator

Stasia Walmsley
Associate Director, Marketing & Communications

Andre Owens ’85, Co-Chair

Quincy Bevely
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Cultural Education

Deirdre Driscoll-Lemoine ’98G, ’19P
Director, College Events

Wanda Ingram ’75
Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Freshman Class Dean

Cate Latz ’13
Assistant Director, Prospect Research & Management

Shannon O’Neill ’10G
Assistant Director, College Events

Reverend R. Gabriel Pivarnik O.P.
Vice President for Mission & Ministry

Ralph Tavares ’01
Assistant Dean, Director of Multicultural Student Success

Rafael Zapata
Associate Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer