Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Vincent Harris, PhD
Associate Dean and Director
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Vincent Harris, PhDVincent Harris, PhD

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Vincent T. Harris is a brother, a son, a future partner & father, and a source raised in one of the birthplaces of the Civil Rights Movement, Birmingham, Alabama. Nearly 12 years of his career have involved supporting underrepresented student populations at small elite private colleges/universities, mid-size liberal arts campuses, and large state system institutions. 

He is an experienced higher education administrator-scholar whose professional and research track record restores and explores the lived experiences of undergraduate and graduate students of color as it relates to the intersection of gender, ethnicity, identity (sexual orientation), masculinities, and reimagining acceptance.

 In 2015, Dr. Harris completed his post-doc employment at Harvard University as an Administrative Fellow in the Harvard College Women's Center, through the Harvard University Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity. Also, in 2015 he earned his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University, in Educational Leadership & Research Program focusing on Higher Education, with a minor in Women & Gender Studies.  In 2012 he received a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Mass Communication with a minor in Marketing from Auburn University in 2006. Vincent is also a Teach For America ‘07 Houston alumni corps member.

In his spare time, he loves to play with his playful 9-year-old Black Pug named Frankie, host imaginary cooking shows in his kitchen, express his love for music on the Karaoke stage, all while making the most valiant attempts to stick to his weekly jogging & workout schedule.

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 are happy to call Providence and Brown their 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 promotes critical learning and engagement for students in the Center.

Assistant Director


Program Coordinator


Bahati Nkera
Graduate Coordinator, GSOC Initiatives

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