Meet the Staff

Professional Staff

Loc Truong
Interim Director
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Office Hours (starting February 3, 2020): 
Tuesdays 1-3 PM; Wednesdays 12:30-3 PM; and Fridays 10-12 PM (except for 2/7/2020)
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 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 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.

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

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Olivia A. McNeill, M.EdOlivia A. McNeill, M.Ed

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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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.

Christopher J. Lee
Graduate Student of Color Program Coordinator

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Christopher J. LeeChristopher J. Lee

Christopher J. Lee is an Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellow at the Pembroke Center and a PhD candidate in English at Brown University, where their research project interrogates anti-queer violence in a variety of politicized and aesthetic forms. As Graduate Student Coordinator at the BCSC, they serve as a liaison to graduate students of color (GSOC) by organizing programming that reflects the social and academic interests of the GSOC community. They also send out a biweekly newsletter alerting graduate students of color of events and opportunities.

Beyond their work within academic institutions, Chris also serves as chair of the Community Curator committee for AS220’s Queer Arts Festival, an annual event series that envisions an alternative and addendum to Rhode Island Pride. Their writing has appeared in The Baffler, The New Inquiry, and Women & Performance.