Melissa Cruz is currently a senior staff writer at the Brown Daily Herald covering the Diversity and Student Life beat. A sophomore concentrating in Nonfiction English and Political Science, she enjoys reading books, watching anything crime/mystery and drinking copious amounts of green tea. Born and raised in Texas, Melissa can be found sitting in Blue State and/or cursing the cold.

Articles by Melissa Cruz (25)

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Faculty of Color Network offers support, mentorship

December 2, 2016 0 comments

The Brown Faculty of Color Network was conceived and forged by two professors in spring 2014 and has since developed into a thriving community.

Maddock Alumni Center exterior

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BearShare connects alums to campus life

October 25, 2016 0 comments

In an effort to engage and connect the Brown community through social media, the Alumni Relations Office and the Brown Annual Fund launched BearShare.

Students file into Granoff Center to watch “The Birth of a Nation,” which depicts Nat Turner’s slave rebellion. The film’s reception has been shaped by controversy over allegations of sexual assault against its director.

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IFF screens ‘The Birth of a Nation’

October 7, 2016 0 comments

The Ivy Film Festival held an advance screening Wednesday night of “The Birth of a Nation,” which tells the story of Nat Turner’s 48-hour slave rebellion.

Students, alums and community members gathered in MacMillan for a panel of former BCSC directors. The panel discussed past challenges the center has navigated on Brown’s campus over the course of 40 years.

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BCSC celebrates 40th anniversary

September 26, 2016 0 comments

The Brown Center for Students of Color — formerly known as the Third World Center — celebrated its 40th anniversary this weekend.

Jennifer Weston ’97 detailed the potential ecological damage and human rights violations that would result from the pipeline’s construction.

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Alum leads Dakota pipeline teach-in

September 19, 2016 0 comments

Students gathered in Metcalf Auditorium Saturday afternoon for a teach-in on the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Janet Cooper Nelson, chaplain of the University and director of the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, read an excerpt at a community gathering to create a moment to reflect, show solidarity and support people impacted by tragic events this summer.

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Community gathers to heal, reflect together

September 13, 2016 0 comments

The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life hosted a gathering yesterday evening on the Main Green.

CSREA debuts new Waterman Street location

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CSREA debuts new Waterman Street location

September 9, 2016 0 comments

The Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America held an open house Thursday to celebrate the center’s new location at Lippitt House.

Dr. Tara Shirazian ‘99 MD’03 speaks at the Women’s Launch Pad kickoff. WLP will be expanded as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.

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DIAP to grow minority mentoring programs

April 28, 2016 0 comments

The DIAP’s proposed mentoring programs aim to address the unique issues women, minorities, LGBTQ+ and first-generation college students face at Brown.

Last semester, students of color gathered in the Leung Gallery to compile a list of demands to improve the Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan draft.

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Undocumented students call for U. support

April 27, 2016 0 comments

Some of the demands students made of the DIAP concerning undocumented students, which were drafted by a group of Latinx students, focused on legal services.

Engaged Scholars Program expands to 12 concentrations

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Engaged Scholars Program expands to 12 concentrations

April 13, 2016 0 comments

The Engaged Scholars Program will expand to encompass 12 concentrations, an increase of seven from the previous year.