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Kayla Navarro '19


North Providence, RI

Complementary Minor Spanish

“You should come to Bryant if you want to explore what you can achieve, but also to become more comfortable with who you are.”

At Bryant, Kayla Tatiana Navarro ’19, a natural leader and community builder, found a place where she could make a difference and learn how to make even bigger waves going forward. “I'm not afraid to speak my mind and I will always stand up for what I believe in,” she says.

Being a leader, Navarro has learned, means not just being able to manage people but also being your best self. “You should come to Bryant if you want to explore what you can achieve, but also to become more comfortable with who you are,” she says. “If you're looking for a place where you can find yourself, Bryant is the best place for you.”

Her education focused on Accounting, International Business, Psychology, and Spanish, a combination that fits her desire to explore and to bring people and idea together. Supportive professors, leadership opportunities with organizations including the Multicultural Student Union, and programs such as study abroad helped her develop her independence, hone her leadership skills, and explore diverse perspectives. 

“Everyone here wants to work with you to take what you want to do and make it happen,” she says. “That's something that's really encouraging to hear, not only as a student, but also as a female of color.”

One of Navarro’s crowning achievements at Bryant was co-directing Extravaganza, an annual celebration of art, music, diversity, and culture. “Every single person on this campus means something to this campus. Whatever their contribution is, we are all Bryant,” she says. “I was so proud that my team and I were able to put something that celebrates all of that together.”

A first-generation college student, Navarro graduated in May and is now a tax associate at PwC. She also plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Organizational Behavior and to continue in her mission to support others. “One thing I’ve learned about myself is that I love to help people and I want to be there for them. I want to be a mentor people can come to for help.

“And Bryant,” she says “has helped me figure out how to do that.”

Real World Experience


Vice President, Multicultural Student Union
• Organized events and conversations that celebrate the diverse upbringings of Bryant students and educate the campus community about cultural topics
• Directed the annual Extravaganza show, a celebration of music, dance, fashion, culture, and diversity

Master Office Assistant, Academic Center for Excellence
• Learned to manage organizations and run projects

Safe House Advocate, THEIA/Sojourner House in Providence
• Coordinated events to raise funds and help survivors of domestic violence bond with one another
• Met with and counseled domestic violence survivors

Study Abroad

Seville, Spain
• Studied at Universidad Pablo de Olavide


Internal Firm Services/Assurance Intern/Tax Intern, PwC
• Gained familiarity with systems and procedures to better understand the firm and the accounting realm
• Worked within a team to meet clients’ demands
• Operated internal systems to manage records of clients’ assets

Lead Counselor, PwC Accounting Careers Leadership Institute at Bryant University
• Led a group of ten peer counselors
• Worked one-on-one with PwC recruitment staff
• Managed inventory of supplies needed throughout the program

Intern; Viajes Foster, Seville, Spain
• Served as a translator and worked with the Accounting Department


aDvANCEd Evolution Dance Team
• Performed with Bryant's student-run hip hop club

A Connected Community

Bryant's purposeful student life delivers co-curricular immersion with an inspiring, collegial community. Students forge deep connections that last a lifetime.

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Lauren Leedberg '18

One-to-one faculty-student relationships and career connections taught a student how to lead.

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Joe Trunzo, Ph.D.

Helping people lead better lives "is always on my mind, whether it’s in the classroom or a therapy session. Learning about psychology can help, no matter what one’s goals are.”

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Joshua Velez '17

A major in finance complemented with a minor in legal studies prepared this accomplished student for a career in the commercial real estate industry.