Multicultural Family Support and Family Engagement

This panel session brings together a cross-section of family engagement and family support specialists who work with a diverse array of families in Rhode Island, ranging from recently-arrived refugee families to Hispanic, African-American and Southeast Asian families to discuss best practices.

Welcome: Mayor James Diossa, Central Falls


Sharing Partners: Panel Members

Moderator: Patricia Martinez – Executive Director for Family and Student Support, Central Falls

Abdourahim Akimana – Providence School Liaison, Dorcas International Institute of RI

Janet Pichardo – Director of Family and Community Engagement, Providence Public Schools

Candace Harper –  Family Engagement Coordinator, College Crusade of RI

Vimala Phongsavanh – Director of Programs, Center for Southeast Asians

Denise DeBarros – Coordinator of Cape Verdean Students, Families, and School Community Partnerships, Central Falls School District

Mario Bueno – Executive Director, Progreso Latino


Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Place: Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, 645 Elmwood   Avenue, Providence, 1st floor.

Time: 8:30a.m. registration, continental breakfast & networking

9 – 10:30a.m. program

Register: Thank you for your interest in our program.  Registration has closed.  If you would like to attend, please call 290-7447

Thank you to the Rhode Island Foundation and Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island

for their generous support.

Sponsored by:  Rhode Island Partnership for Community Schools

and the statewide network of Child Opportunity Zone Directors (COZ).

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