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

Black Women and the Vote

Posted on: Nov 15th, 2020

The Pembroke Center, the Inman Page Black Alumni Council, and the Brown Women’s Leadership Council hosted hosted the panel “Black Women and the Vote” focusing on Black women’s engagement and activism, with Brown faculty Françoise Hamlin, Associate Professor of Africana studies and History; Juliet Hooker, Professor of Political Science; and Emily Owens, the David and Michelle Ebersman Assistant Professor of History. The event was moderated by Tanya Katerí Hernández ’86, P’20, the Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law, and member of the Pembroke Associates Council.


Voto Latinx: Our Voices in the 2020 Election

Posted on: Nov 08th, 2020

This year’s election is like no other and the Latinx community is set to become the largest racial and ethnic minority in the electorate. Listen to members of the Brown University Latino Alumni Council discuss how Latinx voices are shaping the 2020 election, the issues most important to the Latinx community, and how we can continue that momentum post-election. Our panelists include:

This event was held virtually on October 29, 2020.


Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this forum are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the network or institution.

Jonathon Acosta 

Jonathon Acosta is a father, educator, Eagle Scout, youth wrestling coach, and doctoral student in Sociology at Brown University. He was a middle school math teacher in Miami-Dade County and Central Falls before becoming a school administrator. During this time, he earned an MA in Urban Education Policy at Brown and implemented a district-wide teacher evaluation program in cultural competence. Jonathon is a member of the Juvenile Hearing Board and a City Councilman representing Ward 1 in Central Falls, where he has been a strong voice for responsible green city planning, transparency in governance, and affordable housing. His academic work is in political sociology, social stratification, segregation, race, class, and ethnicity. Mr. Acosta is currently a candidate for District 16 of the Rhode Island State Senate. 

Dr. Tony Affigne

Prof. Tony Affigne teaches in Providence College’s political science, Black studies, and Latin American and Latina/o studies programs, and from 2007-2013 was visiting professor of ethnic studies at Brown. Twenty-five years ago, Dr. Affigne was principal founder of the political science subfield on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics, and more recently was lead editor for Latino Politics en Ciencia Política: The Search for Latino Identity and Racial Consciousness, published in 2014 by NYU Press. Affigne is a frequent guest and election night commentator, analyzing state and national politics for southern New England’s NBC, ABC, and PBS television news and public radio. In Rhode Island politics Dr. Affigne is also something of a historic figure: His 1982 independent campaign for Providence City Council, and 1986 campaign for governor, made him the state’s first-ever Latino candidate for elective office.

Dr. Angela X. Ocampo

Angela X. Ocampo is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is originally from Bogotá, Colombia and was raised in White Plains, NY. 

Dr. Ocampo specializes in American politics with a focus on race, ethnicity and politics. Her current book project examines the notion of perceived belonging to U.S. society and its influence on political interest and political engagement among Latinos. Dr. Ocampo’s research agenda examines the political incorporation of racial, ethnic and religious minorities both as every-day participants and as political elites within American institutions. Specifically, she investigates the factors that mobilize Latinos and other minorities to engage politically at different levels. Her research also explores how political parties and institutional forces shape the path of minorities into elected office.

Her research has been supported by the University of California Institute for Mexico and the U.S. (UC MEXUS), the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, UCLA’s Political Psychology Fellowship, APSA’s Fund for Latino Scholarship and APSA’s Warren E. Miller Fund in Electoral Politics. Dr. Ocampo’s research has been published in Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Research, Politics, Groups and Identities and Latino Studies.


Historically Underrepresented Groups Alumni Engagement Survey

Posted on: Oct 29th, 2020

Make sure your voice is heard. The Historically Underrepresented Groups alumni engagement survey provides an opportunity for each of us to share our perspective about our experiences within the Brown community context.  The information gathered through this survey will help the Brown Alumni Association, the Brown Office of Alumni Relation and volunteer leaders design alumni engagement programs and strategies that are more inclusive of our community’s needs and interests.  

The survey is comprehensive in its approach.  Survey responses are anonymous due to the sensitive nature of some of the questions but everyone received a personalized link to the survey via the email sent on Monday, October 26.  If you haven’t had an opportunity to take the survey, please look for the survey email from the Brown Alumni Association (screenshot of email below).

Screenshot of email reminder sent on October 26, 2020