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Robert Britto-Oliveira ’01


Robert W. Britto-Oliveira ’01

bobby britto oliveira3Robert W. Britto-Oliveira ’01 (East Providence High School) graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2006 with a B.S. in Secondary Education and a B.A. in History, with minors in African American Studies and Psychology. In 2011 he earned an M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialty in College Student Personnel, also from the University of Rhode Island.

Bobby currently serves as an Academic Advisor for the Talent Development Program at URI. “I always knew I wanted to give back and work with youth from similar backgrounds as myself but I wasn’t sure in what capacity,” he says. “My undergraduate experience as a student in the Talent Development Program, in addition to the years I was employed as a part of their summer staff, ultimately influenced me to return as an Academic Advisor. I recognized the need for support and guidance for students from the population that TD supports and felt it was necessary to contribute to the program’s legacy.”

Prior to his current position, Bobby worked as Coordinator of Student Diversity Initiatives at URI and was employed both by Rhode Island College’s Upward Bound Program and by Providence Summerbridge (Breakthrough Collaborative). Bobby has extensive experience working with students as a teacher, tutor, mentor, and counselor – including the three memorable years he served as a High School Advisor for The College Crusade.

“Working for the Crusade was certainly one of the most influential experiences of my career,” he says. “I collaborated with an awesome staff who challenged and supported me while motivating me both personally and professionally. In addition, I was afforded the opportunity to work with a great group of students, many of whom I maintain close ties with today. My work with them was very reciprocal in nature. While I worked towards guiding my students towards academic success, career exploration and social/personal development, they molded me into a better Advisor, and I’m forever appreciative of them.”

Bobby holds leadership roles as a member of URI’s Alumni of Color Network, as a Co-Elder Advisor for B.O.N.D. (Brothers on a New Direction), and as a founding member of the College Crusade Alumni Association. In 2013 he was recognized with an Outstanding Commitment to Community Award from the New Leaders Council of Rhode Island. In 2014, Bobby was honored with the College Crusade Distinguished Alumni Award in recognition of his professional accomplishments and commitment to giving back to the community.

In his free time, Bobby enjoys family, his Top 5 Brothers, and gatherings with close friends. He also likes to travel, eat out, listen to music, and stay up to date on events affecting his community.

His advice to Crusaders starting college in the fall goes straight to the point: “Remember that while college is supposed to be one of the greatest times of your life, your academics are your priority. Every time you feel yourself drifting from your original mission and purpose, reflect on the sacrifices that people (yourself included) have made to get you to this point. Nobody gets a degree in extracurricular activities, so stay focused and seek help when needed.”

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