Meet Our Staff
As an Associate Professor of Biology, Maia brings new partnerships and perspectives to her role as Director. A life-long volunteer, she has worked with diverse community organizations including national conservation groups, local parks, a children’s science museum, a zoo, a wildlife clinic, elementary schools, religious education programs, a juvenile detention center, and more. She enjoys working with faculty across campus to incorporate civic engagement into their courses through projects and service-learning. Maia served as the Faculty Fellow for Campus Outreach and Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum before becoming Director in the Fall of 2020.
In her role as Associate Director, Carlene cultivates campus-community partnerships, directs the Feinstein Community Fellows program, and connects students with meaningful engaged learning opportunities in Rhode Island. Carlene is a life-long resident of Central Falls, RI. She serves as President Pro-Temp in her 3rd year on the Central Falls City Council. Carlene is a first generation Cape Verdean American who strongly believes education is the key to opening up doors. Carlene pursued her dream of going to school in Washington, DC., receiving her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University and her M.A. in Criminology at The George Washington University. Prior to her move back to RI, Carlene served as the Confidential Liaison to the White House Liaison at the United States Agency for International Development. Most recently, she served the Central Falls School District as Director of 21st Century Programs handling over half a million dollars in grant funding for all summer and after school programs in the district. Carlene is extremely active in the RI community, serving on the Upward Bound Scholarship Committee & the Central Falls Prevention Coalition. She is a graduate of the RI Chapter of New Leaders Council and Boston Metro Area Chapter of Education Pioneers. Carlene hopes to bring her extensive work experience with under-served communities, community stakeholders, and educational institutions to the Providence College campus.
Faculty Fellow for Campus Outreach and Civic Engagement Across the Curriculum
A Professor in the Department of Public and Community Service Studies, Keith Morton has worked in the areas of community development, community service and community theory for the past twenty years. He has also taught American Studies in the Department of English. Prior to joining Providence College in 1994, he worked as program and then executive director of the University of Minnesota YMCA, which runs intensive service learning programs for 500 participants each year; and as director of Campus Compact’s national Project on Integrating Service with Academic Study. He serves on the boards of several local and national organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in their communities, and is particularly interested in youth development. He also works regularly as a workshop leader and trainer for education and community-based organizations. His teaching and scholarship focus on the historic and present meanings of community and service in people’s lives. Keith served as FIPS’ Director before taking on his new position in the Fall of 2020.