YOU AND THE BLUE: A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of Broward College

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You & the Blue

JULY 2022



At Broward College there are many Employee Resource Groups (ERG). The College’s LGBTQIA+ ERG aims to build a sense of belonging for its members through activities, communications, and employee bonding. This month, D. Preston Steele, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, spearheaded an initiative with the ERG members to paint the progressive Pride flag at the Central, North, and South campuses as a demonstration of the College’s commitment to inclusiveness across the institution. 

Alumni, faculty and staff members who are also members of the LGBQIA+ ERG participated and shared their thoughts on why they feel it is important to support this movement: 

"It’s important that we [Broward College] show inclusion so that it doesn’t seem like the college is not being included in everything that is going on in the world. The LGBTQIA+ is a part of Broward College and I do support it."

Althea Blackwood, Class of 2014 - Student Support Specialist, BRIDGE Grant Program



"I work with students, faculty members, and staff and we promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. It’s important to appreciate everyone's differences and learn from each other. I enjoy working with students with different cultural backgrounds and perspectives and I’m learning a lot from them too."

Vivian Choy, Class of 1998 - Youth Career Coach Grant Support Specialist     




Would you like to join the LGBTQIA+ ERG?   

If you are an employee of Broward College and interested in joining the LGBTQIA+ ERG, email D. Preston Steele at

NewsBroward College Awarded $40,000 Grant for New Artificial Intelligence Lab

Broward College was awarded a $40,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges, Dell Technologies, and Intel as part of the Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Incubator Network Initiative. The funds will go towards building a hybridized A.I. incubator. Read More

Florida TrendGovernor DeSantis launches civics academies to train the next generation of leaders 

Governor Ron DeSantis awarded Polk State College, Broward College, and Florida State College at Jacksonville with $6.5 million to launch the Career Pathways for Public Service Initiative, which will develop a national model for preparing students for public service and careers in local or state government. Read More

VPAFall 2022 Visual and Performing Arts Events

Broward College's Visual and Performing Arts has produced a full season of performances and exhibitions in its world-class facilities. Tickets are free and may be reserved online through Eventbrite unless otherwise stated. Learn More




Alumna Sandra Bruno, stylist for the FLLFW Magazine 2022 Summer Edition  


SandraAlumna stylist for the FLLFW Magazine 2022 Summer edition

We congratulate multitalented alumna Sandra Bruno BASC ‘19 who contributed as a stylist to the popular and glamorous FLLFW Magazine 2022 Summer edition! In addition to her certificates and degrees from Broward College, she is a rising international stylist pursuing her lifelong love for fashion. Check out her impressive website and social pages. We are #BCProud of you Sandra and eagerly anticipate your future successes!

We are #BCProud to shine a light on our alumni who demonstrate the many paths and achievements that Broward College helps make possible for its alumni and graduates.

Click on the image to be taken to the spotlights and to search our database of hundreds of alumni profiles.

Would you like to be profiled? Let us know at

Melissa   Aaron

13th Annual Pillars Conference: Maximize Conflict Transformation

Alumni and friends are invited to register for virtual and in-person conference sessions. Evening sessions will also be available via streaming from August 11 through August 14. Faculty, alumni and expert guest panelists will engage you in conversations and thinking about conflict resolution and conflicting transformation in our personal lives and communities.

Keynote speakers include:  

PillarsKrisel McSweeney, JD - Class of 2007

Broward College alumna Krisel McSweeney is the founder of McSweeney Law Firm. She is a knowledgeable, fierce, and compassionate attorney who puts her clients’ needs and best interests first. Her sessions will explore the relationship between conflict resolution and transformation. While resolution seeks a conclusion, transformation directs us towards change and growth.

PillarsKeny Felix, PhD - Broward College Psychology Professor

Dr. Keny Felix provides counseling services to individuals, couples, and families. He is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Bougainvilla House, a family therapy center that provides behavioral health and substance use programs for families. His sessions will examine the definitions of conflict resolution, conflict management, and conflict transformation, as well as consider growth and change when encountering types of conflicts.

PillarsAundrea Paxton, PsyD

Dr. Aundrea Paxton is a clinical psychologist at Take Heart Counseling. Her session will explore how to maximize conflict transformation through pursuing repair in the midst of ruptures and how to create a map to get to that repair.


PillarsRuth Meints, MMus - Executive Director, Omaha Conservatory of Music

Ruth Meints' session will explore how to maximize transformation, using the Six Hats model in parallel thinking from different perspectives, in order to fuel innovation, inclusivity in team dynamics and efficient problem-solving.


PillarsKatya Kross, BA - Class of 2018

Broward College alumna Katya Kross is a mentor in the College's Professional Enhancement Program (PEP), serving as a source of inspiration and motivation to students. Her session will examine how to maximize conflict transformation as a young adult from the perspective of recent undergraduate and graduate students.


The Pillars Conference is a collaborative effort between the Professional Enhancement Program of the Broward College Social Behavioral Sciences & Human Services, together with Broward College alumni. Pillars invests in leaders to strengthen their sense of global purpose, total well-being and individual resilience. Learn more

To register for the event, click here.  



Wednesday, August 3, 2022   

Job Fair

Alumni & Friends are welcome to attend the Broward UP Career & Resource Fair, where recruiters from area employers will be present. Click here to register.    


Did you know you can support organizations like ours through your IRA or 401(k)? By naming Broward College Foundation as beneficiaries, you can continue to make lifetime withdrawals and keep the flexibility to change beneficiaries if things change. 

When you include the Broward College Foundation in your financial and estate planning, you ensure your legacy of providing opportunities to students who are determined to change their lives through the pursuit of higher education. Help someone become Empowered by Broward!

For more information, email Scott Rivinius or call 954-201-7490.



Looking for your next great job? All alumni have lifelong access to Broward College’s Career Center Network. You can review and respond to job postings, learn how to update your resume, as well as learn about workshops available to you to help you brush up on your skills. Additionally, the College Central Network Job Agent matches registered job seekers to thousands of new jobs daily. Upload your resume, get notified of matching opportunities, and apply to jobs -it's that easy!

Start your next job search by visiting

For a full schedule of upcoming career services workshops, visit

Learn more about alumni benefits by visiting


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