Rhode Island Campus Compact welcomes Nelsy Reyes and Lindsay Paiva as the new AmeriCorps*VISTA Leaders for the 2015-2016 cohort. Nelsy will be working with campus-based VISTAs and is particularly excited to venture more into education policy and student engagement, looking at issues of college access and success in her home state of RI. Nelsy served this past year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with South Carolina Campus Compact at Claflin University. Lindsay will work with community-based VISTAs and will serve as shared staff at Breakthrough Providence where she implements a Students Teaching Students Institute and focuses on diversifying the teacher education pipeline. Read below for more on Nelsy & Lindsay!
Growing up in a Hispanic family education was extremely important in the Reyes household. After completing high school in 2009 Nelsy attend the Community College of Rhode Island where she received her Associates Degree in General Studies. After attending CCRI, Nelsy transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University where she graduated with high Honors with a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and a minor in communication with a concentration in advertising. While attending undergrad she took an anthropology class that incorporated service learning and instantly knew that she wanted to work in higher education institutions that offered courses with a service learning component. In August of 2014 Nelsy started her term as a South Carolina Campus Compact VISTA at one of the top-ranked historically black liberal arts college in the south, Clalfin University. It was at Claflin that her passion for higher education and community service blossomed. As the new RICC VISTA leader Nelsy hopes to continue to work with colleges and universities that promote civic engagement. In her free time Nelsy is either binge watching documentaries or binge reading anything and everything related to philosophy.
Born and raised in Rhode Island, Lindsay is a 2012 graduate of Connecticut College where she studied English, elementary education, social policy, and Italian. During college, she spent a lot of time in the public elementary schools and high schools in New London doing one thing or another – tutoring, student teaching, helping students with college applications – and these experiences were what inspired her to pursue a career in education. Lindsay has interned with numerous organizations, including the Youth 4 Change Alliance in Providence, RI, the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, and Plan International, USA. After college, she lived and worked in Florence, Italy for two years, doing research on youth unemployment through a Fulbright research grant, and teaching English to tiny Italian children in public and private schools throughout the city. Last year, she served her first term as a VISTA at Breakthrough Providence, developing the organization’s professional development arm and piloting projects with schools and districts in Rhode Island. After AmeriCorps, she hopes return to the classroom to teach elementary school. In her free time, she likes to read, run, journal, cook, and binge-watch sitcoms.
Rhode Island Campus Compact welcomes back Kerry Condon as part-time, temporary staff to support leadership and organizational transitions over the 15-16 academic year. Additionally, Mary Alice O’Connor continues her success at RICC under a new role and title of Associate Director. Learn more about RICC’s Staff here.