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Reflecting Forward Schedule

Friday, Jan. 24

Ruane Friar Development Center Tour
2:30 p.m.
Ruane Friar Development Center lobby

Join Harold Starks ’86, Coordinator of Student Athlete Mentoring & Athletic Alumni Programming, for an exclusive tour of the Ruane Friar Development Center. The group will depart from the lobby of the building and will take approximately one hour.

Students welcome.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation
4 p.m.
Peterson Recreation Center

Complimentary event

Providence College is thrilled to welcome Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and founder of the Africa Rising Foundation, as our keynote convocation speaker for PC’s MLK Convocation. Mandela’s remarks are also a highlight of the College’s MLK Convocation Week, an annual, week-long opportunity for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members to reflect on topics of race, religion, social class, gender, sexual orientation, and community, while enjoying art, music, food, and fun.

The event will feature the presentation of the MLK Vision Award to Dr. Terza Lima-Neves ’00, John Murphy ’20, and the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS).

Students welcome.

BMSA Alumni Reception
6 – 7 p.m.
Slavin Center, LL 27B

Complimentary event

Stop by to meet current BMSA (Board of Multicultural Student Affairs) Executive Board members. BMSA is a student-led organization that serves to bring cultural awareness to the PC campus.

Students welcome.

SHEPARD Alumni Reception
6 – 7 p.m.
Slavin Center, LL 28

Complimentary event

Enjoy an alumni meet-and-greet with current SHEPARD (Stopping Homophobia, Eliminating Prejudice, and Restoring Dignity) Executive Board Members. SHEPARD, named in honor of Matthew Shepard, is a support group for all members of the LGBTQQIAA community.

Students welcome.

Back to Campus Social
7 – 9 p.m.
The Center at Moore Hall

Complimentary event; cash bar and appetizers

Alumni, students, and guests will enjoy food and drink with friends, new and old, while learning more about the various organizations represented through BMSA. Student representatives from several of these organizations will be available to discuss involvement opportunities and ways to continue the Reflecting Forward theme after the weekend. 

Students welcome.

Saturday, Jan. 25

Check-In, Continental Breakfast, and Welcome
8 – 10:15 a.m., Speaking program begins at 9 a.m.
The Center at Moore Hall

Complimentary event

Greetings from College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, O.P. ’80

Welcoming remarks from Reflecting Forward Co-Chairs Duane Bouligny ’94, Andre Owens ’85, and Monica Womack ’91

Presentation from the leadership in the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (IDEI) titled “Our Commitment: A Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Community.” This IDEI framework seeks to advance the College’s commitment to developing purposeful collaborations across all areas of the College and the greater community to foster an environment where people of all backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives can flourish, rooted in the Catholic and Dominican tradition.

Students welcome.

Break-Out Sessions
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
The Center at Moore Hall
Registrants will have the opportunity to select their preferred session in advance of the weekend.

Reflecting Forward: The Color of Excellence 
Join the Center for Orientation, Transitions, and Leadership and the Office of Institutional Advancement for “The Color of Excellence.” This second annual panel event will feature alumni of color sharing their stories of resilience and success associated with their PC experience and professional careers. 
Reflecting Forward: Teaching for Inclusivity 
Providence College faculty members Dr. Comfort M. Ateh Ph.D., associate professor of education, and Dr. Lynne M. Lawson Ph.D., assistant professor of engineering and physics, will share research and strategies they are employing in the classroom to ensure that all students engage, learn, and succeed. 

Reflecting Forward: Building a Safe and Welcoming Environment  
Established in 2002, SHEPARD is a support group for all members of the LGBTQQIAA community who choose to become involved at Providence College. The name is an acronym that stands for Stopping Homophobia, Eliminating Prejudice, and Restoring Dignity. Join leadership members of the student-led organization as they discuss the evolution of the club – where it’s been and what their plans are for the future. 

Students welcome.

Men’s Basketball vs. Villanova
1 p.m.
Dunkin’ Donuts Center

Shuttles to The Dunk and grab-and-go lunches will be available starting at noon.

Use code REFLECTINGFORWARD20 on for tickets to the game.

Men’s Basketball vs. Villanova Game Watch and Refreshments
1 p.m.
McPhail’s, Slavin Center

Complimentary event

Don’t have tickets to the game? Join us for a game watch and refreshments on campus.

Students welcome.

Reflecting Forward Reception, Dinner, and Dancing
6 – 7 p.m.
Slavin Center, Room 112

7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
’64 Hall, Slavin Center

Gather with alumni and members of the PC community for dinner, dancing, and retrospectives from PC graduates spanning the generations. Prior to dinner, speakers will share Reflecting Forward stories about what their student experience means to them today. The evening will also feature entertainment by PC’s talented student performers and music by DJ Jalen Young.

Tickets: $40 per person
$35 for FOLD (Friars of the Last Decade, Classes 2010-2019)
Cash bar

Sunday, Jan. 26

Interfaith Spiritual Reflections
9 a.m.
St. Dominic Chapel

Led by the Dominican community, members of the Friar family will share spiritual reflections during this interfaith gathering.

Gospel Brunch
10 a.m.
Bouligny Lounge, The Center at Moore Hall

Tickets: $20 per person

Celebrate a memorable weekend with spiritual music and a buffet brunch.