After an extensive national search, I am pleased to announce that Julio Reyes '12 will return to Brown as our inaugural Program Director of the First-Generation College and Low-Income Student (FLi) Center, in partnership with the Dean of the College. Julio will begin on June 15.
Throughout his interview process, community members noted Julio's deep commitment to first-generation, low-income, undocumented and DACA students; extensive knowledge of the Brown community; and collaborative leadership as valuable contributions to our campus. As Program Director, Julio will work closely with the Brown Center for Students of Color, International Student Experience, LGBTQ Center, Sarah Doyle Women's Center, and the Office of the Dean of the College. Additionally, he will develop a vision and strategic plan that provides holistic, co-curricular, and community support for first-generation, low-income, and undocumented/DACA students that enables them to thrive inside and outside of the classroom.
Julio is currently at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where he is a campus leader in three key roles: Program Director for Undocumented Student Initiatives, Assistant Director of Student Outreach and Success, and Latinx Student Life Coordinator. Before Oberlin, he worked as a College Adviser at Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School in Providence. He has professional experience in student advocacy, program development, and social justice training.
Julio graduated from Brown with concentrations in Sociology and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies. He also spent a semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro. As an undergraduate, Julio was a student leader and activist at the Brown Center for Students of Color (then Third World Center). His leadership positions included: Latinx Heritage Series Programmer, Latinx Student Initiative Programmer; and MPC Friend. After successfully navigating Brown as a first-generation, low-income student of color, he continued to serve the community as a board member of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC). Julio was born in Los Angeles, CA and raised in El Paso, TX and Hialeah, FL.
I would like to thank the professional and student staff of the FLi Center for their countless hours of service as we searched for the new leader of the Center: Yolie Rome; Ricky Gresh; Chantel Brown '17; Haley De La Rosa '17; Isaiah Frisbie '18; Trevor Lyford '18; Perla Montas '17; Maria Ortega, GS; Andy Pham '19; David Liendo Uriona, GS; and Auriana Woods '19. I also thank the many community members who participated in the interview process, as well as the dedicated members of the search committee:
- Vernicia Elie, Assistant Dean of the College for Financial Advising
- Mary Greineder, Assistant Dean of Students
- Maria Ortega, Graduate Student
- Alexis Rodriguez-Camacho ’18
- Yolie Rome, Associate Dean of the College for First-Year and Sophomore Studies (co-chair)
- David Liendo Uriona, Graduate Student
- Auriana Woods ’19
- Monica Yang ’18