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CSP Student, Margarida Da Graca, wins the 2013 Diversity award for Graduate Student Excellence



Margarida Da Graca is honored for her leadership, service, and commitment to undergraduate student retention in working with the student organization Powerful Independent Notoriously Knowledgeable (P.I.N.K.) Women; and her record of involvement with increasing access
and retention for undergraduates at URI. As one of the co-founders of P.I.N.K. Women in 2007, she helped to design a peer mentoring system that offers social support, values clarification, and educational assistance to women of color at the college and high school levels in managing their social, cultural, and academic transitions. Formerly a Graduate Assistant for the URI Women's Center, she built upon her peer mentoring experience as Co-Instructor for the Dr. Rose Butler Browne Women of Color Course (HDF 291). She also contributed to student retention while working as a graduate student academic advisor, and participating as a member of the Alumni of Color Network. After briefly leaving URI to work for the Rhode Island College Visions Program, she counseled high school students about their college options based on academic achievement, affordability, and fit, advised them during the application process, and provided academic goal setting, study skill development, and resource identification. An M. A. student in College Student Personnel, she holds a B. A. in Communication Studies from URI.