Nirva LaFortune

Manager and Advisor, Presidential Scholars Program

Nirva R. LaFortune oversees and coordinates all administrative, programming and advising elements of the Presidential Scholars Program and coordination and planning of programs in the DoC to support students from historically under-represented groups and students with the greatest financial need.

In her most recent position before becoming Manager and Advisor for the Presidential Scholars Program, she was the Manager of Academic Programs and Student Affairs in Brown’s School of Engineering, overseeing undergraduate and graduate programs. Before joining Brown, Nirva served as assistant director of the Centers for Public Policy and Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University, and as an administrator in the Center for Academic Advising at Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

Nirva’s dedication to education is supported by over a decade of professional experience in higher education, which includes program development for retention and support; and educational access and resources. Nirva 's commitment to equity in education extends beyond higher education. She served on a committee charged with developing two new high schools in the Providence Public School District; she served as a board member at Independence Charter School in Philadelphia, where she collaborated with educational leaders and community members to create resources to address issues in educational disparities and has volunteered abroad in underserved communities.

Nirva earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and is en route to a Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. 


  • Presidential Scholars Program

Contact Information:
(401) 863-7436