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ON WEDNESDAY, Roger Williams University announced Marcela Betancur was named director of the Latino Policy Institute. Her tenure will begin Jan. 14. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Betancur to lead Latino Policy Institute at RWU

PROVIDENCE -Marcela Betancur has been named director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, the school announced Wednesday.Betancur succeeds Gabriela Domenzain who left the...

Diversity, inclusion a business imperative that yields results

As human capital becomes the most important asset an enterprise can deploy, it makes sense to find ways to maximize its effectiveness.That is the...

R.I. behind on funding post-employment benefits, but better than rest of...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s “other post-employment benefit liabilities,” which typically consist of retiree health plans, are only 16.5 percent funded, still the highest in...
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Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program 2018

Cheryl Burrell, the Overall Diversity Champion in this, PBN’s inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Awards Program, says it best: “No longer should we waste time...
TEAM EFFORTS: Guillaume Bagal, center, lead diversity and inclusion consultant at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, discusses opportunities to promote diversity with the company’s Employee Business Resource Groups representatives, at right, from left, Megan Chisolm, who represents Parents@Work, and Suzanne Gaddy, who represents Military Services, at the company’s Providence headquarters. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

BCBSRI employee groups inform diversity approach

HEALTH CARE Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode IslandWith Kim Keck, its first female president and CEO, chosen to lead two years ago,...
OPEN MINDS: Ramona Royal, left, human resources officer, and Jill Andy, senior vice president, human resources, at Amica Mutual Insurance Co., work to stay ahead of diversity issues and promote a diverse culture at the company. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Amica weaves diversity into corporate culture

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Amica Mutual Insurance Co. Diversity efforts at Amica Mutual Insurance Co. are long-term, multifaceted and evident in every level of the company. But the...
JUDICIOUS EXPERIENCE: Dorca M. Paulino, left, diversity director at the R.I. judiciary, talks with her recent recruit, University of Rhode Island graduate Sharon Santiago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Knocking loud
 for opportunity

GOVERNMENT RI. judiciaryYoung people from backgrounds typically underrepresented in judicial and law careers are getting an early introduction to the possibilities of work in...
EQUAL REPRESENTATION: Social Enterprise Greenhouse CEO Kelly Ramirez said the organization is working to ensure those of all races, genders, abilities, classes, religions and immigration status are represented, both on its board of directors as well as within its network of volunteers, in an effort to better serve local communities. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Social Enterprise Greenhouse channels diversity into public good incubation

NONPROFIT/SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY Social Enterprise GreenhouseSocial Enterprise Greenhouse’s mission is to grow and support social enterprises – such as the Capital Good Fund, a...
OPENING the door: Cheryl Burrell, associate director of the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, has been working to open state government job opportunities to a wider scope of the state’s population since 1993.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Burrell champions diversity in R.I. government over 25 years

OVERALL DIVERSITY CHAMPIONCheryl Burrell has spent a quarter-century increasing diversity in state government, starting as director of personnel for then-Attorney General Jeffrey Pine in...
SOCIALLY ENTERPRISING: Sarah Boyajian speaks to students about biology at the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College. The students, from left, back row, are Julia Gomes and Xavier Medina, and, front row, are Zhaneja Johnson and Ashley Paolo. / courtesy/RHODE ISLAND NURSES INSTITUTE MIDDLE COLLEGE

Nurses’ Institute Middle College shapes, trains nursing workforce

EDUCATION Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle CollegeThe Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College charter high school, founded in 2011 to prepare a diverse group...
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