Seventh Annual UCAP Spring Do Celebration
April 19th, 2018 | 5-7pm
Live and Silent Auction | Awards Reception
Join The UCAP School staff and students for our annual awards and fundraising reception. This year, we will be honoring Dr. Joyce L. Stevos with the All Kids Award and Leidy Valencia Severson with The UCAP Alum Award.
- Student-run raffle
- Student volunteers give guided tours and showcase their delicious treats
- Short awards presentation
- Live and Silent Auction
Auctioneer: Todd Wallace
Come celebrate our amazing students and generous donors! Your support will directly benefit our students and their enriched experiences through Beyond U Programs. Together, at last year’s Spring Do we raised over $45,000! Read more here.
$50 per ticket, click here to buy yours today or call 401.272.0881
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Please Contact Vivienne O’Dwyer for more information.
Dr. Joyce L. Stevos
A Rhode Island native, a graduate of Classical High School, and has earned a Bachelor and Masters degree from Rhode Island College and a doctorate from the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College Joint Program in Education. She is also an adjunct professor in Educational Studies at Rhode Island College.
As a teacher and supervisor of Social Studies in the Providence Public Schools, Dr. Stevos was a leader in implementing the study of Black History, the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, and law-related education. She was the primary designer of the Government and Law Magnet at Central high School and the Teacher Academy at Mt. Pleasant High School. Dr. Stevos was the Director of Strategic Planning and Professional Development in the Providence Public Schools where she worked with teachers and administrators to begin and implement the first wave of educational reform in the District.
For 25 years, Dr. Stevos worked with different publishing companies in writing and critiquing history and civics texts for middle and high school students. After retiring from the Providence School Department Dr. Stevos worked as a consultant with Trinity Restoration, Inc to develop and incorporate the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts Charter School that opened in 2009 for students from grades 7-12. Dr. Stevos was president of the Board for 7 years.
In giving back to the community, Dr. Stevos has served as President of the Urban League of RI, was an incorporator and officer of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, and has served on the Boards of the Providence Public Library, the Providence Preservation Society, the Heritage Harbor Board and the Rhode Island Board of Education. She is a member and past Regent of the Narragansett-Cooke-Gaspee Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Boards of the Heritage Hall of Fame and the Heritage Harbor Foundation.
Dr. Stevos has been recognized by many community groups for her contributions to education and the Rhode Island Community. In 1992 she was named a Milken National Educator from Rhode Island and in 2014 received the Classical Distinguished Alumni Award.
Leidy Valencia Severson
After graduating from UCAP in 2001, Leidy attended high school at the Wheeler School in Providence, RI. Leidy enrolled at Connecticut College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in economics and international relations in 2009. At Connecticut College, Leidy was elected student government president, liaising with faculty and administrators on student issues and shared governance.
After college, Leidy moved to New York City and worked as a litigation paralegal for Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, LLP from 2009 to 2011. From 2011 to 2013, Leidy worked as the Special Assistant to the Chairman and Chief of Staff at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. She spearheaded the creation of much needed resources for Spanish speaking investors and she was in charge of the performance review process for top level division directors and staff.
Leidy moved to Chicago in 2013 to attend Northwestern University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 2015. Leidy completed law school in two years through an accelerated curriculum designed by Northwestern Law. While in law school, Leidy worked at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago providing valuable Spanish-English language skills for asylum seekers.
After graduating law school, Leidy worked as a corporate associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, LLP in the New York office. Leidy’s practice focuses on capital markets debt offerings for Latin American clients. Leidy and her husband recently moved to Los Angeles, where her husband is completing a one-year federal clerkship. Leidy is currently writing a book about her immigrant experience. She also currently serves on the Alumni Board for Connecticut College.
Todd Wallace joined the WPRI News Team in May 2013. His award-winning broadcast journalism career spans more than two decades covering history in the making in some of the biggest news markets in the country – Boston, Dallas and Washington, D.C.
Jackson, Mississippi is where Todd began his on‐air career at CBS affiliate WJTV. His investigative series, Precious Cargo, is credited with helping change the state’s school bus transportation laws. Todd also co-hosted Mississippi’s only local talk show, Mississippi Morning, and served as the station’s main anchor.
Later, Todd advanced his career by becoming the morning anchor for WTTG, the FOX station in Washington, DC. He interviewed national personalities in politics, entertainment and sports. He was the station’s White House correspondent during the investigation and eventual impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Todd also field anchored his station’s morning news coverage in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the Pentagon.
Todd returned to the South when he became an anchor for NBC affiliate KXAS in Dallas. He won the 2007 Salute to Excellence Award from the National Association of Black Journalists for his story Passion and Pasture. Todd later became the main anchor at WRTV in Indianapolis. His position had even more responsibilities behind the scenes. He evaluated and shaped content for all evening newscasts during editorial meetings and field-anchored every evening newscast for the first inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Todd also worked as a freelance reporter for WCVB in Boston and covered the manhunt and shootout of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he majored in broadcast journalism and founded the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists there, serving as its first president.
Todd and his wife live in East Providence with their daughter and two dogs.
A huge thanks to our Event Committee for making the Spring Do an annual event and to all of our UCAP friends for joining in on the fun! Thank you to our students from Bryant University who will complete their Service Learning Project with UCAP by providing tremendous event support.
Fund for UCAP Event Committee
Elisa Almonte | Princess Bomba | Ken Clauser | Paula DeBlois | Karen Gardner | David Haffenreffer | Greg Hoffman | Lynda McCoy, Event Chair | Joanne O’Dwyer
Thank you friends of UCAP and Event supporters!
Thank You Event Supporters!
Ken Clauser, Gib and Diane Conover, Karen and David Gardner, David and Susan Haffenreffer, Lynda McCoy