Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Loc Truong
Interim Director
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Dr. Loc TruongDr. Loc Truong

Loc serves as a member of the division’s senior leadership team and the Campus Life Executive Leadership Group (CLEG).  He comes to Brown from MIT where he was an assistant dean in Student Support Services.  Before MIT, he held a number of positions at Harvard University most recently as director of diversity and inclusions programs for the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  He brings a wide range of expertise and experience working with first year students on the challenges and opportunities they experience transitioning to higher education, supporting historically underrepresented students in higher education including being the first staff person appointed explicitly to support undocumented and DACA status students at Harvard, and providing educational and capacity building opportunities for faculty, staff, and students focused on equity and justice.  He also brings significant experience related to program development and assessment especially peer education programs.  At Harvard, he had the opportunity to help lead the strategic visioning and planning process that restructured and re-envisioned the mission of the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.  

He earned his Ed.D. in higher education administration writing his dissertation on how first generation college students navigate elite academic institutions.  He earned a M.A. in management and operations from Harvard University, M.S. in science of counseling from the University of La Verne, and B.S. in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University.  He also earned a professional certificate from the Administrative Fellowship Program at Harvard University.

 

Frank Garcia
Assistant Director, Co-Curricular Initiatives
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Frank GarciaFrank Garcia

Frank is proud of being a first-generation low-income college graduate. The foundation of his work is centered around empowering students while providing a holistic and intersectional approach to student support, identity development, leadership development, community building, and advocacy. Frank comes to Brown with over 10 years of experience in key administrative and leadership roles that are student-focused and social justice oriented. Frank states “My life’s passion is to be an agent of change, an advocate and most importantly a mentor to underrepresented students at institutions of higher education."
Frank graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and has taken EdD coursework in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also received his Master of Social Work with a Mental Health concentration and a certificate in Neuroscience in Social Work from Boston College and earned a certificate from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor in Higher Educational Leadership. Frank and his wife have two young children and they are all looking forward to calling Providence and Brown their new home!

Anne Marie Ponte
Coordinator, Co-Curricular Initiatives

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Anne Marie PonteAnne Marie Ponte

Anne Marie is pursuing her BA in Sociology and minor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She has been a loyal employee of Brown University for 29 years, with 19 years in the Center. She provides supervision to Heritage Series Programmers, advising to Center-affiliated student organizations, and professional support for the Center's finances and facilities. Her work will help to promote critical learning and engagement for students in the Center.

Sage Morgan-Hubbard
Assistant Director
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Sage is passionate about supporting students as they navigate the intersections of their identities and lived experiences to ensure their academic and personal success. She finds home in communities of color and wants to cultivate a supportive and home-like environment for students. This home for her started at the BCSC (formerly Third World Center) - while attending Brown as an undergraduate, she served as an MPC, TWTP friend, Multiracial week programmer, and student groups- Black Sistas United eboard member, a member of Third World Action and BOMBS. She also founded WORD! Performance Poetry, a student group that has lived on to this day and is beloved by many in communities of color at Brown and RISD.
Sage graduated from Brown University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies & an Independent Concentration in “Performance Studies: Socially Conscious Art of the Everyday”, and Northwestern University in 2008 with a Masters and PhD coursework in Performance Studies & a certificate in Gender Studies.

Akash Altman
Interim Program Coordinator | Campus Life Fellow

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Akash AltmanAkash Altman

Graduating in the Brown University Class of 2020 with an A.B. in Engineering, Akash serves as the Interim Program Coordinator of the BCSC and Campus Life Fellow. He believes first and foremost that the work of the BCSC is best served through the meaningful inclusion of student voice, and cares deeply about the holistic student experience. Akash supervises the BCSC Office Assistants, Multimedia Specialists, and Graphic Designers, and coordinates parts of first-year engagement with students of color. He also supports TWTP and the MPC program with any needs as they come up. In his time as a student at Brown, Akash served as a Student Coordinator of the Leadership Development Initiative, Minority Peer Counselor, Meiklejohn Peer Advisor, and leader of the South Asian Students Association. His approach is always to center the needs of students of color at the intersections of their multifaceted identities through community and capacity building. As the Campus Life Fellow, Akash also coordinates the Campus Life Student Advisory Board, which advises the senior leaders of the Division of Campus Life on current student experience and needs. Outside of his work at Brown, Akash enjoys watching/reading/talking about anything Star Wars, wishing he still played the trombone, and learning how to cook vegetarian food. To connect with Akash, please reach out via email or sign up for open hours.

Ashley Everson
Graduate Student of Color Program Coordinator

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Ashley is a first year PhD student in Africana Studies. Ashley graduated with a bachelor's degree in Social Thought and Political Economy and a master's degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is proud native of Knoxville, TN.