Bev Colston

Hello and Welcome!

Greetings from Beverly Colston, director of The Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC), which welcomes all students, but particularly supports the holistic development of African, Latina/o, Asian, Native American, Multiracial and New American students on campus. Congratulations on your acceptance to UVM; we look forward to meeting you and your family. This spring we have a number of events designed for you to meet with faculty, staff, and students, and to see all that UVM has to offer:

I hope you'll stop in and get to know us, and that you'll use the information in this website as you consider UVM. Visit our center's website.

Unlimited resources and support for Students of Color

The University of Vermont is a predominantly (90%) white university, and I can't pretend you won't find challenges here. The MCSC, along with other departments across campus, works hard to promote and celebrate the many cultures found within our community; and our faculty and staff are committed to providing the necessary resources and support for students of color. You might consider involvement in the following groups:

UVM Students of Color perspectives

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to decide if UVM is the right match for you. Let these students lend their UVM perspectives:

Julio -- Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (born in Puerto Rico) -- Major: Nursing

Activities: As a first-year student (and coming from an inner-city community) I still have much to explore and experience in Burlington, but I LOVE trying new and exciting things. My first week on campus, I went stand-up paddle boarding until sunset on beautiful Lake Champlain. I’m looking forward to spending my first winter in Vermont, and trying out skiing and snowboarding. I’ve recently ventured out to trying tea for the first time, and have been exploring different tea and coffee shops downtown. I love spending time on campus sitting on the green in front of Old Mill and studying or reading up on books for my classes. Since being at UVM, I’ve gotten involved with Chi Alpha, which is a Christian-fellowship organization on campus. We go on different retreats throughout the year and many hikes and events together. Additionally, I am so glad that I get to work in the newly opened Peer Advising Center in the Davis Center. I am also on the Student Advisory Board for the Vice President of Student Life. I’m honored to represent the student body directly to our school leadership. Lastly, you can find me as a host for Discovering UVM, where I'll show high school seniors what it's like to be a student at UVM. In the future, I’m very interested in joining UVM Rescue and the Student Nurses Association. I'm also interested in being an Orientation Leader and an AdvoCat (tour-guide).

Why I chose UVM: My decision to attend UVM came with a lot of thought since it was one of 12 universities I was admitted into, and one of over 40 institutions that I’ve visited during my college search. I chose UVM for its inclusive nature, its beautiful location, its academic rigor and reputation, and its commitment to providing me with the appropriate resources to be successful. UVM is a place where I know that I will grow as a person, my character, and my network to reach my highest potential. I am so proud to be a Catamount, and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be at in four years!

Romário -- Hometown: Montego Bay, Jamaica -- Majors: Computer Science and Community Entrepreneurship

Activities: I’m a sprinter on the track and field team here so I spend most of my mornings at the gym or on the track. For the past three years I’ve been a College For Every Student (CFES) mentor for sixth graders. When I have free time I like to hang out with my friends, do a little coding or play some FIFA!  I really want to go skiing this year because I’ve been here for nearly four years now and I’ve never gone. I also feel like it's something I have to do before I graduate. I spent this past summer in Mexico hanging out with friends and meeting new people. It was a really awesome experience and I plan on going back after I am done with school.

Why did I choose UVM? When I visited UVM I got to meet some really cool people and I also thought that Burlington was a such a unique place. It’s completely different from where I grew up and was unlike any place I’ve ever been before. I’m really glad I chose this school.

Winny -- Hometown: Malden, MA -- Majors: Human Development and Family Studies and Spanish

Activities: It wasn’t until I got here that I hiked and kayaked for the first time, learned what “crunchy granola” meant, found some of the best running trails around and am now a proud coffee snob, too. Beyond this, some of my most memorable moments include serving as president of the Asian American Student Union, as an intern for the Admissions Office, as a developmental intern for the nonprofit DREAM program, and now, am currently doing my practicum at the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.

Why I chose UVM: As a senior living through my last semester and reflecting on my experience here, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. Though I had my hesitations in the beginning, I’m so happy to have challenged myself and to experience what being outside of the city is like. UVM was the perfect distance away from home—it was close enough for me to bus back to Boston, but far enough to explore my individuality away from home.