Nirva R. LaFortune

Nirva R. LaFortune
Assistant Director, Scholars Programs & Diversity Initiatives


My experience in higher-education span over a decade. Before my role as the Assistant Director of  Presidential Scholars Program & Diversity Initiatives, I oversaw Academic Programs and Students Affairs in the School of Engineering at Brown. Before moving to Providence, I lived in Philadelphia where I was the Assistant Director of the Centers for Public Policy and Science, Technology and Society and an academic advisor at Drexel University, as well as, and administrator at Temple University’s Fox School of Business Center for Academic Advising. 

In my profession, I have had the opportunity to partake in multiple facets of academic affairs. Some of my responsibilities include academic program management, curriculum development, and implementation of retention tools and development of programs for underrepresented students to promote academic success. I have also developed an unrelenting passion for helping students succeed in their academic and personal endeavors. 

In addition to my duties as an academic and student affairs administrator, I have worked with various outreach associates on projects to promote technology, health, and nutrition within my community. I served on two Board of Trustees at PreK-8th educational institutions. I volunteered with a non-profit organization in Philadelphia to improve college access for children of immigrant and first-generation families and have traveled on humanitarian volunteer trips to my native country Haiti to work with the Love Orphanage which serves children who have been displaced by the 2010 earthquake. I am also an advocate within my community to address issues of race and educational disparity. 

My passion for education stems from my personal educational and professional journey.  I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Temple University’s School of Media and Communication and an A.M. (Master of Arts) in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.  

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, running and listening to music--I have an eclectic record collection!  I love to travel and have embarked a 50 state challenge with my children, and on some mornings you can catch me running up College street.