3 male students walking next to each other, smiling, with part of the main red Bunker Hill Community College sign on one of its buildings in the background.

Public Event

A Conversation About Equity & Cultural Wealth

Preparing Employers for Community College Interns


November 16, 2020

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



Community colleges in Massachusetts educate more students than the rest of the state's public higher education system combined. Yet, their students are frequently overlooked for internships, which can open the door to successful careers. Even when they obtain coveted internships, they often feel unsupported by workplaces that are unprepared for them. 
Please join the Boston Foundation and Bunker Hill Community College for a conversation about the assets, competencies, and cultural wealth these students bring to their internships, and the changes in practices employers should implement to support them more equitably and effectively.

Paul S. Grogan, President & CEO, The Boston Foundation

Austin Gilliland, Dean of Professional Studies, Bunker Hill Community College
Lee Santos Silva, Director, Center for Equity and Cultural Wealth, Bunker Hill Community College
Antoniya Marinova, Assistant Director, Education to Career, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)

Student Panel Discussion
Juan Cantu, Program Officer, The Boston Foundation (Moderator)
Victoria Luchi, Program Coordinator Intern, Strong Women In Action
Fabiola Mayen Vital, Event Sales & Management Intern, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Pedro Russell, Senior Strategy Analyst, Cengage
Elidijon Tafa, Navigate Marketing Intern, NECEC

Employer Panel Discussion
Stephanie Bryszkowski, Director of Internships and Career Development, Bunker Hill Community College (Moderator)
Jamie Banks, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainserv; Former Learn and Earn Intern and Graduate, Bunker Hill Community College
Kelly Flentie, Lead Microbiologist, Selux Diagnostics, Inc.
Florette Louissaint, President & CEO, Strong Women In Action
Molly Phelps, Academic Programs Manager, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum


By working in collaboration with a wide range of partners, the Boston Foundation provides opportunities for people to come together to explore challenges facing our constantly changing community and to develop an informed civic agenda. All of the Boston Foundation's civic leadership activities are supported by our Annual Campaign for Civic Leadership. Visit www.tbf.org/civicleadership to learn more about this important campaign. Visit www.tbf.org to learn more about the Boston Foundation and its activities.

For additional information, or to register by phone or email, please contact Michelle Hinkle at: