Who We Are
Mary Grace A. Almandrez
Director of the Third World Center & Assistant Dean of the College
Mary Grace comes to Brown with over 13 years of professional experience in multicultural affairs, ranging from co-curricular programming to faculty development. Throughout her career she has demonstrated her commitment to student achievement, leadership, and empowerment and her strength in fostering collaborative working relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners. Currently an adjunct professor at Menlo College, Mary Grace founded multicultural or intercultural centers at three private, liberal arts institutions.
An experienced instructor, trainer, and facilitator, Mary Grace also brings to Brown a record of programmatic creativity and research-based innovation, including establishing the Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars at the University of San Francisco, a living-learning community focused on the exploration of social justice in the context of transborder experiences. She also brings significant experience with strategic planning and management, including the development of a diversity strategic plan and coordination of a campus climate assessment at Notre Dame de Namur University and establishing a minority alumni organization during her time at McDaniel College.
Mary Grace earned her Ed.D. in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, M.S. in human resources development from McDaniel College, and B.A. in sociology from the University of San Diego. In 2007, she and several faculty collaborators received the “Promising Practice in Student Affairs and Academic Affairs Collaboration” award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Her co-authored chapter titled “Bridging Integrated Identities to Integrated Services” is included in the forthcoming Multicultural Student Services on Campus: Building Bridges, Re-visioning Community (summer 2011).
Associate Dean of the College for Diversity Programs
Director of the Brown University-Tougaloo College Partnership
Maitrayee Bhattacharyya earned an A.B at Brown with a
double concentration in International Relations and French Studies. She later went on to pursue advanced degrees in Sociology at Princeton, earning her A.M in 2000 and her Ph.D. in 2006. An active alum, she is currently the Vice President of the class of 1991, and is also completing a term on the Multicultural Alumni Committee of the Brown Alumni Association. Before joining the Dean's office, she served as Acting Director of the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
Maitrayee’s research has addressed issues of race and representation in higher education. Before launching her doctoral studies at Princeton she was employed by Gordon and Gordon Associates, a non-profit consulting group aimed at improving academic achievement of students of diverse backgrounds. She also served as a research consultant for both the College Entrance Examination Board, where she worked on the Board’s Equity 2000 educational reform initiative; and for the U.S. Department of Education, where she analyzed outcomes from a policy conference on race, class, and gender inequality. At Princeton Maitrayee conducted research with children of immigrants, leading to a dissertation on marital assimilation among Asians raised in the United States. She also had the opportunity to teach, assisting in sociology courses at Princeton that dealt with the topics of race and ethnicity, and with class, race, and gender inequality. Since 2006, she has served on a National Study Group on Supplementary Education, convened by The College Board and Columbia Teachers College.
Shane L. Lloyd
Assistant Director for First & Second-Year Programs, Third World Center
Shane L. Lloyd is the Assistant Director for First & Second-Year Programs for the Third World Center (TWC) at Brown University. Shane coordinates programming for prospective, first and second-year students of color to have a positive impact on their matriculation, transition to college, retention, and academic and co-curricular success. He provides support and advice to the ALANA mentoring program, Minority Peer Counselors, MPC Friends, and Third World Transition Program. His most recent position was interim Program Coordinator for the TWC. Shane has served on the Campus Life Advisory Board, the Organizational Review Committee Student Advisory Board, and the TWC Director Search Committee. He also held the position of Vice President of the Samual M. Nabrit Black Graduate Student Association and worked as a Graduate Advising Fellow within the Office of the Residential Life from 2009 to 2011. Shane earned his MPH at Brown University and his BS in Behavioral Neuroscience from Northeastern University.
Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Initiatives, Third World Center
Joshua coordinates leadership development for underrepresented students and their organizations, and incorporates academic rigor into student programing. TWC programs under his charge include first-generation college students, heritage series, student of color initiatives, and student-faculty engagement initiatives. Joshua is an experienced instructor, tutor, and advisor. He is also passionate about class based analysis, feminist literature, queer theory, and race theory. Joshua earned his JD from the University of Southern California and his BA in American Studies at Wesleyan University.
Jon J. Sebastian-Walkes
Program Associate, Third World Center
Born and raised on the island of Barbados, Jon officially relocated to the US at the age of 18 to
pursue his Bachelors in Culinary Nutrition with concentrations in Leadership and Biological Studies,
subsequently moving on to an MBA in International Business from Johnson & Wales University with
concentrations in International Trade and Global Marketing.
Before his appointment to the Program Associate position, Jon worked at JWU as a Graduate Assistant
for 3 years working on diversity and multicultural projects such as Latino Heritage Month, Black History
Month and events such as Vagina Monologues as part of Women’s History Month. Shortly after he
moved to The Metropolitan College of New York as an Intern in the Office of Student Activities working
on projects such as Stress Week, and working on student advising.
As the Program Associate at the Third World Center, Jon is responsible for the advising of the 5 Heritage
Series: Black Heritage, Native American Heritage, Latino Heritage, Asian/Asian American Heritage and
Multiracial Heritage Series, providing administrative support in the planning and execution of the events
on campus. He also works closely with Joshua Segui, the Assistant Director for Co-Curricular Initiatives on
programs such as the Black and Latino Student Initiative as well as the Pan Asian Council.
Currently, Jon is working with his student programmers on programming for the academic year 2011-
2012, for the various series, encouraging collaboration with the TWC faculty, departments and student
groups on Brown’s Campus as well as the Providence community.
Anne Marie Ponte
TWTP Coordinators 2011-12top
Nicole Parrish '12
hometown: San José, Costa Rica
concentration: Development Studies
Rahil Rojiani '13
concentration: Mathematics, Contemplative Studies
MPC Coordinators 2011-12top
Janett "Becky" Bass '13
hometown: St. Croix, US Virgin Islands
concentration: Theatre Arts
Emily Gonzalez '13
hometown: Bronx, NY
concentration: Education Studies
Francisco Oliveira '13
2011-12 Minority Peer Counselors
2011-12 MPC Friends
Ivy Alphonse-Leja ‘14
Gavriel Cutipa-Zorn ‘12
Lorena Garcia ‘12
Ben Gellman ‘14
Elizabeth Gonzalez ‘12
Sharina Gordon ‘13
Laila Handoo ‘14
Clarion Heard ‘13
Amit Jain ‘12
Leora Kava ‘12
Gopika Krishna ‘13
Brian Kundinger ‘14
Juhee Kwon ‘14
Tim Natividad ‘12
Daniel Prada ‘12
Julio Reyes ‘12
Rachel Tache ‘13
Le Tran ‘13
Austin Whittaker ‘14
Justin Williams ‘12
Student Staffers 2011-12top
Asian American Series
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
Black Heritage Series
Hometown: Valley Stream, NY
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Hometown: Pawtucket, RI
Concentration: Political Science