Soundtrack Secrets + More

Posted on: Oct 04th, 2021

Described as “somewhere between a comforting whisper and a cogent declaration” by  The New York Times, Lauren Henderson EMBA ‘19 music resonates with listeners around the world.  

Henderson uncovers the layers of her diverse background in both English and Spanish.  Her compositions paint stories, reflecting journeys imposed through the African Diaspora that interplay Henderson’s Panamanian, Montserratian, and vast Caribbean roots with her North American upbringing.  

Jazz, Latin jazz, flamenco, R&B and soul music roots aid an exploration of culture, society, race relations, and the complexities encountered as we navigate life’s obstacles. 

Join members of the Inman Page Black Alumni Council and Brown University Latino Alumni Council on October 20, 7:30 PM ET for a fireside chat with Lauren Henderson EMBA ‘19 that will feature stories about her work and performances.

October 20, 2021

7:30 PM ET 

Register Here

We want to thank our generous BULAC familia for helping us host a very virtual year of programming.  Over 80 alumni volunteered their time and talents to our community in 2020-21.  Here is a small snapshot of the BULAC programming made possible by your support: 


Thank you for continuing to give back to the Brown University Latino Alumni Community! See our archive of events here.

Our executive board has been hard at work over the last year and  looks forward to serving the BULAC community through Summer ‘22.  We are looking for volunteers to join our Nomination Committee, which seeks recommendations from our membership-at-large for candidates to fill open positions of the E-Board.  If you would like to participate or to learn more about this committee, please e-mail president@bulac.org.

Monica Muñoz Martinez ’06 was named a MacArthur Fellow for her work in bringing to light long-obscured cases of racial violence along the U.S.-Mexico border and their reverberations in the present. 

Years ago, an unlikely mentor put Carlos Lejnieks ‘00 on a new path.  Today, he’s going to bat for young people as president of a Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter and the first Latino president of Brown University’s Alumni Association. Read more on Hispanic Executive

Dania Matos ‘03 will ‘lead with love’ as UC Berkeley’s new Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion (read here).  Read about her work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in this Skimm Her Career feature

We’re celebrating Suzanne M. Rivera ’91 P’22 as she is inaugurated at Macalester College as its 17th president.  Sue Rivera is the first woman and first Latina to lead the nationally recognized St. Paul liberal arts school.  Join the ceremony virtually October 9 at 10:30 AM CT to hear her remarks. 

Andrés Acebo ‘08 was compelled to succeed on behalf of his immigrant parents, but now he’s found his true calling: helping those who need him most.  Read the Hispanic Executive feature here.

Bernadette Aulestia ’94, P’23 is among the founders of a new coalition of food industry veterans, startup founders, investors and influencers seeking to increase funding and opportunities for historically underrepresented entrepreneurs.  The New American Table honors the intersection of food & culture & celebrating the new American palate & the next generation of iconic food brands.  Learn more here

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A Year In Review

Posted on: Oct 03rd, 2021

We want to thank our generous BULAC familia for helping us host a very virtual year of programming. Over 80 alumni volunteered their time and talents to our community in 2020-21. Here is a small snapshot of the BULAC programming made possible due to your support:

Thank you for continuing to give back to the Brown University Latino Alumni Community!

2020-21 Archive

Thank You To Our Volunteers

Thank you to all the alumni who contributed their time and talents.

Agueda Hernandez ‘92 MD’96
Alexalee Gonzalez ’23
Alexandra Ocampo ‘06
Alfie Zarate ’05
Alfredo Freyre ’93
Andrea Giese ’99
Andrea Martinez ’14
Ashley Leiva ’20
Aurea Hernandez – Webster ’88
Besenia Rodriguez ‘00
Bianca Camacho ’16
Carlos Lejnieks ‘00
Carmen Rodriguez ’83
César Garcia Hernandez ’02
Christian Martell ’10
Christina Tapia ’99
Cristina McQuistion ’86
Cynthia Saenz ’93
Dania Matos ‘03
Daniela Serna ’15
David Gutierrez ’19
Dr. Angela X. Ocampo ’10
Dr. Tony Affigne ’76, AM ’91, PhD ’92
Edith Moreno ’07
Gabi Gonzalez ’20, MD ’25, MPH ’25
Gabriel Reyes ’18
Gabriela Raffucci ’11
Geno Rodriguez ’00
Giovanna Cavallo ’94
Guillermo de los Santos EMBA ‘20
Ivon Rodriguez ’00, EMBA ’16
Jennifer Welch ’92
Jerry Maldonado ’96
Jimmy Richmond ’22
Joanne Sharma ’03
Joe Rosales ’14
Jonathon Acosta ’11, AM ’16, AM ’16, PhD ’23
Jordi Torres ’10
Jose Estabil ‘84 ScM ‘88
Juan Nunez-Martinez ’03
Juanita Ortiz ’95
Julia Sepulveda Avalos ’20
Julieta Cardenas ’14
Keben Perez ’15
Kim Davila ’20
Laura Muñoz ’20
Leora Johnson ’01
Leticia Flores DeWilde ’94
Louis Trujillo ’09
Lourdes Blanco ’91
Luis Campillo ’04
Manuel Avalos ’19, MPA ’20
Manuel Contreras ’16
Marco Martinez ’08
Maria Gomez ’18, MAT ’19
Maria Paredes ’17
Mariachi de Brown
Marianna McMurdock ’19
Marlin Gutierrez ’19
Mezcla
Mia Hegazy ’11
Michael Hoffman ’15
Miguel Alecio ’13
Miguel Palomares ’08
Mimi Velazquez ’06
Miriam Gonzales ’87
Moisés Zamora ’00
Nicole Tully ’97
Nina Cruz ’08
Omar Perez ’05
Rachaell Diaz ’19
Robert Arellano ’91 AB, ’94 MFA
Rosario Castruita ’94
Samuel Torres ’15
Silvina Hernandez ’17
Sophia Hernandez ’20
Suzanne Rivera ’91 P’22
Vicky Rivera ’93
Vivian Garcia ’10
William Acevedo ‘88
William Rivera ’91


Welcome New Graduates + Brown Announcements & Opportunities

Posted on: May 19th, 2021



Congratulations Class of 2021 and welcome to your Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC). Bienvenidos a la familia!

Regardless of your current location or where you hope to be in a few months, you will be a part of an extensive network of Latinx alumni who are here to greet you and welcome you into an atmosphere of connections, networks, and non-stop reminiscing. BULAC aids in keeping, creating and fostering those relationships that are started at Brown amongst the Latinx familia. 

Whether you are navigating a job search or looking for new friends in a new city, we are here to help. Connect with BULAC by joining our FB group here or reach out to the BULAC E-Board at programs@bulac.org for individualized support. 

The Brown Center for Students of Color is pleased to announce that after a national search, they have appointed Vincent T. Harris, PhD, as associate dean and director of the Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC). With a decade of experience in higher education, Dr. Harris has been an unwavering advocate and effective champion for all students of color at predominately and historically White public and private institutions.  

Dr. Harris will oversee the BCSC by providing leadership, strategic planning, and establishing and pursuing priorities that are mission driven. He will supervise and mentor the BCSC’s professional and student staff and direct resource allocation to accomplish strategic objectives.  This important work includes budget management, fundraising, program development and implementation, assessment, and staff growth and development. He will develop and lead strategic partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders on and off campus to bolster the work and mission of the center. Key to this work will be his ability to develop programs and initiatives that building meaningful connections between all students (undergraduate, graduate and medical school students) and faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In this role, he will work closely with the assistant vice president for Campus Life engagement to develop short and long terms goals, and develop the mission, vision, and goals for the BCSC. As a leader in the broader Brown and local community, he will help lead the division’s and institution’s efforts related to advancing the success of students of color specifically and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts generally. In accepting this position, Dr. Harris offered the following, “I am grateful, humbled, and ready to serve as leadership for the Brown Center for Students of Color (originally known as the Third World Center) as we continue to honor the nearly 50-year legacy of Brown boldly supporting undergraduate, graduate and medical school students of color.  It has been a professional goal of mine to amplify my passion of community inclusivity among race and ethnicity for all students of color, and I am very excited to join Brown in cultivating a sense of belonging not only for our students of color but also for Black men in America like myself.”  

Read the full announcement here.

The Class Leadership nomination process for class years endn in 0 and 5 is open now. A diversity of perspectives matter in shaping the engagement experience of your class and we encourage you to nominate yourself or fellow alumni for a class leadership position. 

Check out what leadership positions are open for your class and submit your nominations by May 25th.

Interested in mentoring and guiding current Brown students? Please see the following information about the Women’s Launch Pad Mentoring program and the CareerLAB’s Alumni Connections program.

Brown Women’s Launch Pad

The Women’s Launch Pad is starting a new mentoring cycle and actively recruiting alumnae mentors for the 2022 academic year. If you are an alumna (Class of 2017+) who would enjoy the mentoring experience and could be a resource for a senior or junior class woman (Class of 2022 & 2023), please visit our website to learn more about the program and complete the mentoring form.   Applications for this program will be accepted until June 30.

If you have questions about the program please contact Johanna Hussey, Assistant Director, Engagement Programs- Alumni Relations Department (johanna_Hussey@brown.edu)

CareerLAB Alumni Connections Program


Join us this summer for a new program to reimagine the way students connect with alumni.   Utilizing the virtual space, we are piloting an alumni connections program aimed at helping students secure important alumni connections during the summer months. Our hope is that these connections will have a great impact on their “life after Brown” planning, as well as expand their personal network.  Brown students need you to share professional insight, advice, and expertise. 

This pilot program will be a hybrid of both small group and one-on-one mentoring over the course of five weeks. We are asking you to dedicate 7-10 hours throughout the months of June and July to provide support and guidance to a dedicated group of students during small group mentorship meetings, and individual meetings.  In addition, all volunteers will participate in a speed networking event and interact with all students in the alumni connections program.

If interested in mentoring students over the summer, please fill out the BCSI Alumni Connections registration form by May 26, 2021.  Here is a pdf outlining the new program and our volunteer expectations.  We are available to answer any questions and hope you will join us in connecting with students this summer.

If you have questions about the program please contact Aixa Kidd, Deputy Director of CareerLAB (Aixa_Kidd@brown.edu)


Newsletter: Call for Volunteers & Spring Updates

Posted on: Mar 26th, 2021

Call for Volunteers – Matriculation Campaign 

BULAC is proud to launch its Annual Spring Matriculation Campaign to influence the number of admitted Latinx students that attend Brown and we are seeking your help to make this a reality.

Our mission is to recruit BULAC volunteers to personally welcome Latinx students to Brown, talk to them about the Latinx experience at Brown and help answer any of their, or their family’s, questions. We are searching for volunteers for the following:

Outreach Campaign

Brown regular admission applicants will receive their acceptance letters on April 6th and volunteers will have a 3-week window to call and/or email admitted students before the matriculation deadline. All you have to do is share your Brown experience and answer any questions they might have. 

Please help us in obtaining our goal of getting 70+ volunteers to help out with this outreach campaign. This means volunteers would contact about 4-5 prospects each with conversations ranging from 10-15 minutes. 

Welcome to Brown 

We’ll be hosting a series of events in the spring and summer to help admitted students in their transition to Brown. Currently, our plans are to host panels of alumni speaking on the Latinx experience at Brown and meet and greets to welcome students. We are seeking help from alumni to help represent the variety of experiences at Brown. Additionally, we are hoping to host some of these events in Spanish for students and their families and hope those who feel comfortable speaking Spanish will volunteer. 

Whether you’re interested in one or both opportunities, sign up to volunteer here. Think of the impact you can make, and not only for the students you’re calling but for our Brown community as well.

Share a summer internship or research opportunity with a Brown student today. Posting a summer opportunity through BrownConnect is easy, just click here

Hiring summer interns is a great way to give back to Brown while adding talent to your team! Students are looking for high-quality work experiences in a wide array of fields.

Your opportunity will help Brown students explore and develop future career plans for life after Brown. Thank you for helping to connect our future alumni to real-world opportunities.

Join us in our Alumni Virtual Happy Hour event for a fun hour of connecting with friends old and new! This will be a casual event – feel free to bring your beverage of choice and sport your favorite Brown gear. We hope to see you on April 16th at 7pm EST.

Register here. We can’t wait to see you!

9.8% of Brown’s student body is Latinx, reflecting barely half of the country’s 18%. Why is this?

One major cause is the persistence of standardized testing requirements.

Requiring SAT/ACT scores put Latinx students at an unfair disadvantage: controlling for all other factors, Latinx students do worse on standardized tests than their white peers, despite these tests having no predictive value of college success (sources at bottom). When colleges go SAT-optional, they see a major rise in the number of Latinx students.

Brown’s Afro-Latinx Alliance, Latinas@Brown, and Students for Educational Equity undergraduate groups are campaigning for Brown to go permanently SAT-optional. You can find our written endorsements here

Alumni, we need your help to make this happen. Sign at tinyurl.com/AlumniForEquity to call for an SAT-optional Brown!

We want to thank everyone who joined us to celebrate Mercedes Domenech’s decades of dedication to expanding diversity in Brown University’s student body and her significant contributions to Latinx students! To watch a recording of the event, please visit our website

Thank you to those who have joined us in contributing to the Mercedes Domenech Brown University Latino Alumni Council Endowed Scholarship Fund. Your donations will have a significant impact in meeting the financial needs of Brown University’s Latinx students while bolstering the University’s commitment to ensuring a diverse Brown community.

The Mercedes Domenech Brown University Latino Alumni Council Endowed Scholarship Fund provides critical financial support for exceptional Latinx students, allowing them to thrive and experience all that Brown’s distinctive educational experience has to offer. Click here to learn more.

Don’t forget to join our Facebook group to connect with old and new friends! Share what you’re up to or maybe some pictures from your archives.


Message on Behalf of Brown’s Afro-Latinx Alliance, Latinas@Brown, and the Students for Educational Equity

Posted on: Mar 10th, 2021

9.8% of Brown’s student body is Latinx, reflecting barely half of the country’s 18%. Why is this?

One major cause is the persistence of standardized testing requirements.

Requiring SAT/ACT scores puts Latinx students at an unfair disadvantage: controlling for all other factors, Latinx students do worse on standardized tests than their white peers, despite these tests having no predictive value of college success (sources at bottom). When colleges go SAT-optional, they see a major rise in the number of Latinx students.

Brown’s Afro-Latinx Alliance, Latinas@Brown, and Students for Educational Equity undergraduate groups are campaigning for Brown to go permanently SAT-optional. Below, you’ll see their written endorsements. 

Alumni, we need your help to make this happen. Sign at tinyurl.com/AlumniForEquity to call for an SAT-optional Brown!

Statement from Latinas@Brown:

The SAT/ACTs have long misrepresented what BIPOC students are capable of, hurt their access to various opportunities, and unfairly barred them from a Brown education. Latinas@Brown believes that Brown must do more to ensure equitable and fair access for all students, regardless of their backgrounds. In keeping with this mission, we are joining the call for Brown to go test-optional.

Although Brown outwardly portrays itself as being an inclusive environment, it was created and continues to exist within a settler-colonialist state. There is still a lot of work required for us to meaningfully shift the foundation – to not just include, but to center, BIPOC students. Making standardized tests optional is only one of the first steps forward.

Statement from the Afro-Latinx Alliance:

The Afro-Latinx Alliance supports and endorses the demand to go SAT-optional. The SAT/ACTs unfairly bar Black and Latinx students from Brown’s campus, and a decision to return to using them would be inexcusable.

In line with our mission of ensuring equity in access for all BIPOC students, the Afro-Latinx Alliance joins the call to go SAT-optional at Brown. With years of research showing that standardized testing discriminates against and disadvantages BIPOC applicants, there is no justifiable reason for Brown to reimplement a broken system. 

Standardized testing has been consistently shown to exacerbate racial inequalities and deny access to BIPOC students, despite having no predictive value of college success. Their existence is inherently unfair and harmful toward numerically underrepresented students. The Afro-Latinx Alliance adds their voice to the call for implementing SAT-optional policies at Brown. 

The Afro-Latinx Alliance believes that Brown should be an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming space for all, as the institution claims to be.  The decision to use SAT/ACTs in our admissions, which blatantly discriminates against BIPOC students, stand in direct contradiction of this goal. Consequently, we’re demanding that Brown go SAT-optional. 

The SATs and ACTs magnify and reinforce existing admission inequities. As part of their commitment to recruiting a diverse pool of applicants, the Afro-Latinx Alliance calls on Brown to go permanently SAT-optional. 

The SAT/ACTs consistently and falsely produce results that suggest BIPOC students are less deserving than their White peers. Brown’s SAT/ACT-required policy needlessly perpetuates inequity and injustice. The Afro-Latinx Alliance joins the call to go SAT-optional at Brown. 

To Learn More:


RECORDING – A Conversation with Moises Zamora ’00

Posted on: Feb 07th, 2021


RECORDING – Celebrate the Legacy of Mercedes Domenech

Posted on: Jan 10th, 2021

Brown University Latino Alumni Council held a celebration for Mercedes Domenech on December 15, 2020. Mercedes has been an esteemed member of the Brown community for over 30 years. Through her work and continued advocacy and mentorship, Mercedes has truly enriched the lives of many students, in particular, Latinx Brunonians through generations. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.


Bringing the legacy of Mercedes Domenech into the future

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On December 15, members of the Brown community celebrated Mercedes Domenech and her incredible legacy with live tributes, music from Mariachi de Brown, and festivities in the spirit of the Brown community. 

A note from Mercedes Domenech

Dear Brown family and friends,

I want to thank all those who played a part in making my retirement celebration such a wonderful event. I was so humbled and honored by the reflections shared. When I first came to Brown, I never imagined I’d have the good fortune to connect with so many amazing people and how each student I had the opportunity and privilege to guide, mentor, and support would forever change my life.The renaming of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) endowed scholarship in my name was an honor I had never expected. I am grateful for this link to the Latinx community that I have always loved and served. For this, I will always remain indebted to you and my retirement does not mean I will lose connection to you or to the Brown community. To our new scholarship donors and those who have been contributing for many years, thank you for your support of the next generation of Latinx scholars at Brown. Please feel free to reach out just to say hi, keep me updated about how things are going, or let me know that you’ll be in town. I would love to hear from you!

With my deepest gratitude,
Mercedes Domenech
Associate Dean of Medicine for Minority Affairs

A few reflections from the Brown community

From BULAC: Celebrating Mercedes through the endowed scholarship named in her honor

Dear alumni and friends,

On Tuesday, December 15, hundreds of Brunonians came together to celebrate the legacy of Mercedes Domenech and her 30 years of service to the Brown community. We are deeply touched, as is Mercedes, by your outpouring of support and love. Mercedes has undoubtedly changed the lives of so many Latinx alumni and students. Her work has not only carved the pathway for Latinx students at Brown, but ensured that they felt supported throughout their time here.

The Mercedes Domenech Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) Endowed Scholarship was renamed in Mercedes’s honor in deep appreciation of her contributions to Latinx students and Brown’s commitment to a diverse community. Through this scholarship, BULAC is committed to continuing Mercedes’s legacy of helping Latinx students succeed in their academic pursuits.

Again, thank you to those who joined us to celebrate Mercedes and her Brown legacy. You can make a gift today to the Mercedes Domenech Brown University Latino Alumni Council Endowed Scholarship—your support and generosity will help support Latinx students at Brown for generations to come.

Ever True,

Brown University Latino Alumni Council


Celebrate Mercedes Domenech With Us!

Posted on: Dec 08th, 2020

Dear BULAC Community, 

We are a few days away from our celebration of Mercedes Doemench, who is retiring from the University on January 13, 2021. An esteemed member of the Brown community for over 30 years, Domenech worked in the Office of Admissions and currently serves as Associate Dean of Medicine for Minority Affairs at The Warren Alpert Medical School. Through her work and continued advocacy/mentorship, Domenech has truly enriched the lives of many students—particularly Latinx Brunonians—and their families over multiple generations. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace.

We hope you will join the Brown community for a virtual celebration full of joy, love, and gratefulness for her work for our community. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

7 p.m. EST

RSVP Here


Submit your questions for the Q&A with Mercedes and your well wishes in advance of the event by using this form.

We hope to see you there!

Ever true, 

BULAC E-Board


Celebrating the Legacy of Mercedes Domenech

Posted on: Nov 24th, 2020

Dear Brown community member,

Please join us in extending best wishes to Mercedes Domenech, who is retiring from the University on January 13, 2021. An esteemed member of the Brown community for over 30 years, Domenech worked in the Office of Admissions and currently serves as Associate Dean of Medicine for Minority Affairs at The Warren Alpert Medical School. Through her work and continued advocacy/mentorship, Domenech has truly enriched the lives of many students—particularly Latinx Brunonians—and their families over multiple generations. She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. We hope you will join the Brown community for a virtual celebration as we express our appreciation for everything she has done for Latinx students, diversity initiatives, and the entire University.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
7:00 p.m. EST
RSVP Now
Ever true,

Brown University Latino Alumni Council (BULAC) and Brown’s Office of Alumni Relations

BULAC 2020-22 executive board:
Araceli Méndez Hintermeister ’12
Ivón Rodríguez ’00 EMBA ’16
Guillermo de los Santos EMBA ’20
Rachaell Diaz ’19
Silvina Hernández ’17

P.S. Please read on for her personal message to the Brown community.


Dear Brown family and friends,

I hope you and your families are all doing well during these trying times. The reason for my writing is to share one of the most difficult life decisions I have ever made. After thirty-nine years at Brown, and in a job I have loved tremendously, I have decided to retire. I had always pushed this decision to sometime in the future, and now being faced with the life-altering reality of a pandemic, I finally decided it is time. Deciding to leave my job was incredibly difficult because I have always felt that I have the best job one can have. Helping people to get an education at a great university has been a wonderful experience. Seeing young people grow and become professionals in many different fields is an incredibly rewarding experience. While many of you think that I have been instrumental in your development as students and people, I have to say that you have also been very important in my growth as a professional and a person. I would not be who I am today without all of our shared time. I will cherish your friendship for the rest of my life. It has been such an honor and privilege to be able to share so many experiences with you. I have learned a lot from you and I will always be in awe of your incredible strength and resiliency when things were not easy.

The fact that BULAC named an endowed scholarship in my name is an honor that I had never expected, and the beautiful part about this is that my name will always be linked to the Latinx community that I have always loved and served. For this I will always remain indebted to you. Your generous support of the scholarship is a testament of your affection.

Before I end, I want to tell you that I am healthy and strong and I am planning to be around for many years to come. I hope to keep seeing all of you when you visit campus, I also hope to be around for campus dance and the rest of the commencement festivities. This time has always been the highlight of the year when we would meet again. I am also planning on continuing to mentor students, but on my own time without the constraints of a fixed schedule. I want to have the flexibility to travel more once it is possible, but I plan to remain in RI for years to come. You can always count on me and if I can be of any help, please do not hesitate to ask.

With my deepest affection and gratitude,

Mercedes Domenech
Associate Dean of Medicine for Minority Affairs