Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Joshua Segui, J.D.
Director

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Joshua serves as the Director of the BCSC. Joshua coordinates leadership development for underrepresented students and their organizations, and incorporates academic rigor into student programming. Center projects under his charge include the student advisory board, strategic planning initiatives, and student-faculty engagement programs. Joshua is an experienced instructor, tutor, and advisor. He is also passionate about class based analysis, feminist literature, queer theory, and race theory. Joshua earned his JD from the University of Southern California and his BA in Ethnic Studies at Wesleyan University.

Kristy Kumar
Assistant Director, Co-Curricular Initiatives

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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 works with our Latinx, Black, and Asian American Student Initiative Coordinators to build community, cultivate support, and the potential for collective action. Kumar 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 and art as activism.

Anne Marie Ponte
Coordinator, Co-Curricular Initiatives

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Anne Marie is pursuing her BA in Psychology and minor in Ethnic Studies at the University of Rhode Island. She has been a loyal employee of Brown University for 24 years, with 13 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.

Olivia A. McNeill, M.Ed
Assistant Director, First Year and Sophomore Programs

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Olivia supervises the Minority Peer Counselor Program and the Third World Transition Program. Although she moved frequently throughout her childhood, her roots are in the southern region of the United States.Olivia conducted a program assessment of the Social Justice Peer Education Program to advocate for equitable compensation and a defined pedagogical framework. Additionally, she developed the Leadership Collective, a leadership development program for first-year and sophomore students. Olivia finds deep purpose in supporting students as they develop into healthy and whole community members. She earned her M.Ed in Higher Education with a focus in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington and a B.S. in English Education from Appalachian State University. She enjoys reading, hiking, and herbal medicine-making.

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

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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.

Niyolpaqui Moraza-Keeswood, '16
Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Studies

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Niyo is acting coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Studies. As part of his position, he provides academic and student program support for NAISAB (Native American and Indigenous Studies at Brown) faculty and Native American and Indigenous students and student groups. He is working to promote the establishment of a Native American and Indigenous Studies program, develop connections with local indigenous communities and Brown, and provide logistical support for NAIS programming and events. Niyo works closely with Alumni Relations to engage Native American and Indigenous alumni in Brown initiatives, coordinating the efforts to develop the Native American alumni group. Additionally, he collaborates with Brown Admissions on the recruitment of Native American and Indigenous students to Brown University. Niyo is Chichimeca and an enrolled member of the Navajo nation. He earned his BA in Anthropology from Brown University.

 Laura Garbes               Graduate Coordinator   [email protected] 


 

Laura Garbes is a PhD student in Sociology at Brown University, a Graduate Fellow at the Brown University Swearer Center and the Graduate Student Coordinator at the Brown Center for Students of Color. She co-organizes Audible Futurs, a podcast listening circle on Wednesday evenings throughout the spring semester. Laura also creates a weekly newsletter with events and opportunities to graduate students of color. Her research areas include Racial Theory; Media Studies; Sociology of Organizations; Cultural Studies; Qualitative Methods; Archival Preservation; Linguistic Sociology; and Sound Studies. Publications include “Sound Archive Access: Revealing Emergent Cultures,” forthcoming from Journal of Radio and Audio Media, Special Issue: Radio Preservation Task Force.