RIC alumna and Associate Vice President of
Community, Equity and Diversity Anna Cano-Morales will serve as the
commencement speaker at the advanced degree ceremony.
As the leader of the newly established Division
of Community, Equity and Diversity at Rhode Island College, Cano-Morales works
to ensure that the college is active in developing a culture of diversity and
inclusion across all divisions. Her previous positions include director of the
Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and associate vice
president for grant programs for the Rhode Island Foundation, where she led
grant programs in two key sectors: children and families, and Hispanics in
Canao-Morales has served on several state and
nonprofit boards, including the University of Rhode Island Foundation, the
Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee, the International Charter
School and the Rhode Island Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary
Education. Currently, she is chair of the board of trustees for Central Falls
School and a seminar fellow for the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, which is
affiliated with the John M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University.
Cano-Morales earned a B.S. in human development, counseling and family studies
from the University of Rhode Island and an M.S.W. from Rhode Island College.
According to Sánchez, “Anna has already made an
important difference here at RIC, leading the effort to integrate inclusive
excellence into our core mission, vision and strategies. She is an outstanding
role model for our graduates.”