Staff Spotlight: Ana Barraza

Describe briefly what you do and how long have you been at Brown.
I have been at Brown since September 2017 advising the four Class Coordinating Boards, the programming arm of student government and the Brown Student Agencies which engages in entrepreneurial ventures. I also oversee the campus center facilities and supervises the Campus Center Evening Managers; students that staff the facility in the evening and the Campus Center Programmers, students that develop and carry out programming geared for students in the Campus Center. I also supervise the Evening Event Managers (EEMs), professional staff that work off hours and weekends to staff student events. 

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the semester I worked on an academic voyage with Semester at Sea.  I circumnavigated the globe visiting 11 countries over 4 months as I advised and counseled students from colleges and universities all over the country while they were on the academic voyage.  I also worked for 10 years in mental health and substance abuse then ultimately transitioned to corporate america, prior to landing in Higher Education work. My work in higher education has been primarily focused in access to education for underrepresented populations and mentoring women of color.

Name something about you most people don't know.
Most people may not know that though I was born in Guatemala I consider myself a native Rhode Islander, a native of Providence's West END.  I live in the same house that my parents moved into when we migrated here in 1974.

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
If I were not working at Brown or in Higher Education I would be a professional traveler/explorer.  I feel it is my life calling.