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.

 

Kristy Kumar
Assistant Director, Co-Curricular Initiatives

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Kristy KumarKristy Kumar

Kumar serves as the Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Initiatives where she collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and alumni to enhance Brown's excellence through equity and justice. She developed the Nurturing Alignment program which seeks to cultivate tangible practices for healing and tranformation. In this role she supervises six student coordinators who are committed to communities of color (Black, Latinx, Asian, Native, Multiracial, and SWANA) and meet weekly to develop skill building workshops for Brown community members to attend. These workshops focus on aligning one's values with everyday liberatory practicesKumar also supports the Graduate Students of Color Initiative and Commencement Events.

In her previous role as the Assistant Director of Educational Programs at the Women and Gender Advocacy Center at Colorado State University, she led interpersonal violence prevention programming to dismantle rape supportive culture and create cultures of consent. Kumar received her M.A. in Human Rights focusing on race, gender, and equity from the University of Denver and a B.A. in Political Science and Global Poverty and Practices from the University of California, Berkeley. She has also served as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia and has a background in anti-violence education. She's passionate about decolonial feminisms, foodwork as resistance, and art as activism.

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.

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Maurisa Li-A-Ping
Coordinator, First Year and Sophomore Programs

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Marisa Li-A-PingMarisa Li-A-Ping

Maurisa Li-A-Ping is a storyteller, educator, and performer raised by a village of Black women in Brooklyn, New York. As the Coordinator for First Year and Sophomore Programs in the BCSC, Maurisa supervises the BCSC Hourly Staff, the Social Justice Peer Education Program and LEAD. As a storyteller and educator, Maurisa is passionate about utilizing culturally relevant art forms to promote the holistic growth of students. Through Maurisa's dedication to her craft and career, she has performed at various venues from the World-Famous Apollo Theater, United Nations, Barclays Center and more. Maurisa has earned an M.S.Ed in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University, a B.A. in Sociology from St. John's University, and received national honors, grants and publications.

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Graduate Student of Color Program Coordinator