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Location: Barus and Holley Room 168
This Community Corps workshop will feature a panel of Brown University alums who are working with nonprofit and government organizations. Panel members will reflect on their experiences as undergraduates who were engaged with the Swearer Center and as professionals working in communities.
Confirmed panelists include:
Malika Ali, an Educational Strategies Specialist with the Highlander Institute, was previously an innovation specialist for academic programs for the Providence Public School District and a founding science teacher at one of Rhode Island’s first blended learning high schools. Prior to that, she served as a College Advising Corps Advisor with the Swearer Center. She graduated from Brown in 2009 with an AB in Public Health.
Matthew Jerzyk is the Deputy Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the House and City Solicitor for the City of Central Falls. He has served as senior counsel to the Mayor of Providence and Deputy City Solicitor for the City of Providence and as legal counsel to the Providence Office of Economic Development, Providence Planning Board, the Providence City Council Committee on Ordinances and the House of Representatives' Committee on Small Business and Committee on Labor. Before entering the legal profession, Matt was the founding executive director of Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, a consultant for the Governor’s Commission on Race, Police and Community Relations and an organizer with District 1199 Service Employees International Union. He serves on the Board of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, the Rhode Island Urban Debate League, the Transcending Through Education Foundation and the Cranston Conservation Commission.Matt received his B.A. from Brown University in 1999 and his law degree from Roger Williams University.
Aaron Regunberg, current candidate for RI Lieutenant Governor, represents House District 4 in Providence in the RI General Assembly, where he is a member of the House Committee on Labor and the House Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. In his first term in the General Assembly, he worked on raising the minimum wage, establishing online voter registration, and creating a new renewable energy program. He is the chairman of a legislative commission studying the use of solitary confinement in Rhode Island. Aaron co-founded the Providence Student Union, a nationally recognized youth nonprofit that supports young people in civic engagement. He graduated from Brown with a B.A. in Political Science in 2015.
Dana Tatlock ('91) was involved in ESL tutoring programs at the Swearer Center throughout her time at Brown and upon graduating worked as a Vista Volunteer coordinating adult literacy programs. Connections at the Center subsequently took her to Southern Africa where she taught History in Botswana for several years. Now a 20+ year veteran teacher, she works at the Wheeler School in Providence and continues to be involved with the immigrant and refugee communities through local community agencies.