The Talent Development Program would like to highlight alum and former employee of TD Nation, Dr. Karoline Oliveira as she departs from URI after many years of service.
Karoline entered the University in 1989 and graduated with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies, later to return and complete her Master’s degree in College Student Personnel. Shortly after she began working as an Academic Advisor for the Talent Development Program where she served for fourteen academic years before transitioning into the Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) where she took on the title of Assistant Director, later the interim Director (December of 2015-August of 2017). It was during this time period that she completed her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership from Johnson and Wales University.
During her undergraduate experience, Karoline was an active member of the Black Student Leadership Group (BSLG) who led the student protests in 1992. Some of the results of that protest included but are not limited to the creation of the MSSC; diversifying the university curriculum; the creation of Africana Studies as a major; the strengthening of the URI Affirmative Action office and creating the Malcolm X Reading Room in Taft Hall. As a staff member she continued her work with multicultural student organizations as the Advisor for both the Cape Verdean Students Association (CVSA) and Power Independent Notoriously Knowledgeable (PINK) Women among other work that supported our student population.
While we are extremely sad and sorry to see her go, we wish her nothing but the best in all her future endeavors as she is most deserving and will forever be a part of TD Nation!
(To the left was a 1992 Uhuru Sasa party/ To the right was her last day as interim Director of the URI Multicultural Student Services Center)