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Kayla Navarro '19

Hometown

North Providence, RI

Complementary Minor Spanish
Path

“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

Leadership

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

Internships

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

Clubs

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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Nicole Kim '20

"I know that if you put the time and commitment into something, and have a passion for what you do, then good things will happen."

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Alan Olinsky, Ph.D.

Professor Olinsky, "a truly innovative leader in his field,” pioneered Bryant’s partnership with SAS, the analytics industry powerhouse.

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Kevin Ludemann '18

By studying Spanish and business, "I am getting the most out of my education and engaging both sides of my brain.”