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2014 Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon

The 12th Annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon was held on Friday, May 2, 2014 in the Grand Ballroom of the Providence Marriott Hotel.

This signature fundraising event provides the Women’s Center of Rhode Island with an opportunity to honor exceptional women who have overcome adversity, achieved success and/or unselfishly opened doors for other women. We wish to congratulate our 2014 Awardees:


All proceeds from the luncheon directly fund the life saving programs and services provided by the Women's Center of Rhode Island.  You can still make a donation if you were unable to attend!

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As an essential part of our mission, our Community Education and Outreach Coordinator Brandolyn Fluke works collaboratively with local school districts, educational programs and community agencies to help prevent the occurrence of violence and to educate the community about the dynamics of violence.

In collaboration with the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) and the Providence School Department, Brandolyn facilitated the "Young Women's Lives" program for 25 young people enrolled in PASA’s Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELO) during the spring semester.

This 10-week program offers students an opportunity to earn graduation credits for learning that takes place beyond the classroom with a focus on building relevant real-world skills. As part of Young Women's Lives, this multidisciplinary curriculum included topics about healthy relationships, positive self-esteem, body image, masculinity and femininity, effective communication and conflict resolution skills, racism/sexism/oppression and the impact of technology and social media.

According to Brandolyn’s students, HUB Expanded Learning Opportunities and Young Women’s Lives earned an A+ for “their instructor and the exciting topics that allowed them to discuss issues that were important to them, especially the impact of technology and social media on their self image”.

The 10-week program culminated with Demo Day in May, which provided an opportunity for the students to showcase their projects and demonstrate what they learned during the semester. Following their presentations, the students, ELO providers, facilitators and panel celebrated with refreshments and lively conversations about the past semester and plans for the summer.

While “school’s out for summer”, the lessons they learned continue. Many of the students said they plan to read books from Brandolyn’s book list, while others mentioned that they’ll take time to figure out what they want to do with their lives, develop a personal plan for healthy living, and become better friends with women in their families.

 In addition to PASA and Providence schools, Brandolyn worked with Year-Up Providence, City Year Rhode Island, local school districts and community agencies, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern New England and the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence during this past academic year.

Our collaborative partnerships enable us to reach out to hundreds of youth each year by providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to recognize and avoid harmful behaviors associated with unhealthy relationships, identify healthy relationships and develop effective communication and conflict resolution skills.

Community College of Rhode Island Volunteer Service Team Made a Difference at the Women's Center.


Committed to making a difference by responding to community needs, a group of faculty, staff and students from the Community College of Rhode Island volunteered for a day of service at the Women's Center as part of CCRI's Annual Community Service Day.

This dedicated volunteer team worked diligently to organize and clean our childcare room, and they rolled up their sleeves to scrub our dining room, kitchen and pantry from top to bottom. Everything they touched sparkled when they finished their work.

Following a morning of cleaning, they gathered together with our residents and staff for a pot luck luncheon and provided valuable information about CCRI's programs and resources that would help our residents continue their education.

This resourceful presentation provided hope for our residents by helping them realize that accessible and affordable educational opportunities are available for them to explore and utilize.

Community College of Rhode Island President Ray DiPasquale and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Greg Lamontagne stopped by to meet the volunteers and WCRI staff. They shared their passion for the Women's Center's work and expressed an interest in fostering a relationship between the Community College of Rhode Island and the Women's Center.

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the Community College of Rhode Island for their volunteer spirit, hard work, enthusiasm and passion for making a difference in the lives of the individuals and families we serve.

We look forward to working with them on future projects.