Dialogue on Diversity and Promising Practices — new co-chairs

Rhode Island College is committed to promoting an understanding of and appreciation for the diverse cultural community at RIC and in the state of Rhode Island. Now a staple at the college, the Dialogue on Diversity, and its subcommittee, Promising Practices, hold events each year. The former holds a spring lecture series and the latter mounts the Promising Partnerships Expo in the fall. On board this year are new co-chairs.

Co-chairs of the Dialogue on Diversity:

Robert Anthony Galvez, assistant professor of communication at RIC, teaches courses in cultural communication, electronic media production, entertainment education and social marketing. His research interests are in Latino health communication, obesity prevention and new media technologies. He received a BA from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin and an MA and PhD from Texas Tech University.

Antoinette Gomes, director of RIC’s Unity Center, also serves as secretary for the Multicultural College Administrators Association. She has been affiliated with RIC since 1989 when she worked as a counselor in both the Upward Bound Program and the Preparatory Enrollment Program and served as interim director for the Office of Student Life. Gomes has a BS from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.

James Montford, director of Bannister Gallery at RIC, also teaches in the art and philosophy departments. Montford exhibits his work widely and is the recipient of several prestigious grants and residencies, including Yaddo. He is well-known for his public performance art work and videos that examine the contemporary experience of Native American and mixed-race people to reconfigure and deconstruct racial stereotypes.

Co-chairs of Promising Partnerships:

Gerri August, assistant professor of educational studies at RIC, was formerly a middle school English teacher and principal and cofounder of Educational Interventions, a tutoring and advocacy initiative that served students throughout Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. In her current work with teachers and teacher candidates, she explores the structural leverages of privilege and power in classrooms. Her research interests include the practice of democratic, transformative pedagogy and the dysconscious bias of teachers/teacher candidates. August received a BA from Barrington College, an MA from Providence College, and a PhD from the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College.

Corinne McKamey, assistant professor of elementary education at RIC, was formerly a middle and high school science and interdisciplinary studies teacher in San Antonio, Texas. She has also held the posts of mentor teacher, educational researcher, school accreditation consultant and teacher educator. McKamey’s research interests are in understanding and closing the racial, ethnic and gender achievement gaps in STEM education. She has a BS from Cornell University, an MAT from Trinity University in San Antonio and an EdD from Harvard University.

The subcommittee of Promising Partnerships consists of Maribeth Garofalo, coordinator of Special Projects at RIC’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development; Jaime Andres Ramirez, assistant professor of educational studies at RIC; and Julie Horwitz, assistant professor of educational studies at RIC.