Staff Spotlight: Anne-Marie Ponte

Describe briefly what you do and how long you have been at Brown.
I am the BCSC coordinator for co-curricular Initiatives and have been at Brown for close to 31 years. I run the Heritage Series, which does cultural programming for students of color focused on social justice and community building, supporting the mission of the BCSC.

What work projects most excite you?
I love putting out large programming events that meaningfully impact the communities that we serve: Black, Latinx, Asian, Multiracial, Native, and Southwest Asian/North African students and the Brown community in general. I love it when students come up after an event and thank my student programmers with “I needed this event” - it makes my day to see them appreciated, they deserve it!

What are your home office must-haves?
Of course a laptop, two different notebooks - one for my student programs and the other for misc items - a black pen, a highlighter and sticky notes. I take a lot of notes in a lot of places!

Can you recommend a book that is important to you?
Becoming by Michele Obama. I love her. Her directness, her truth-telling, her compassion and her resilience show her grit and humanity. The realness, the positives and negatives she writes about, bring me hope and inspire me as a Black woman.

Name something about you most people don't know.
I have two sons, ages 36 and 28, and I speak three other languages: French, Cape Verdean Creole, and Wolof (a Senegalese dialect).

If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?
I have always loved interior decorating, and also would enjoy being a multilingual translator - that way I would get to travel the world as a job!

What is your favorite pastime?
I love gardening! I picked up the hobby a few years ago, started out with just flowers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and now I’m adding even more veggies and herbs: cabbage, okra, rosemary, dills, yellow oignons, green beans, brussel sprouts, kale and other types of tomatoes. Enjoy some of these photos!