Meet Diane Silva Pimentel
Following the June retirement of Dan Bisaccio, Diane Silva Pimentel began her new position as director of teacher education and associate professor of the practice in the Brown University Department of Education. We’d like to introduce our students, faculty, staff and community to this special person.
Diane on Attending Brown as a First-Generation Student
Years ago, Diane had applied to Brown facetiously, knowing her immigrant family wouldn’t be able to afford for her to attend. After being encouraged by a friend to apply, Diane wanted to know whether she was worthy of being admitted – and she was. “Brown was very good to me,” Diane says now. “The university opened many worlds for me, many opportunities.”
Diane had grown up as a traditional Portuguese girl with Portuguese friends and a social life centered around Portuguese events. At Brown, she learned about other cultures and ways of thinking. She dubbed Brown her “door to science,” crediting the university with allowing her to see herself as a scientist for the first time. Although she originally planned on studying math, her Brown biology instructor, Ken Miller, was “phenomenal” and expanded Diane’s interests in new directions. She had thought at some point that she may want to study cancer but didn’t think that career path could be attainable; Dr. Miller’s course showed her she could do this.
Now, after 20 years of teaching, Diane has returned to Brown as an associate professor and teacher education director. She credits Brown for allowing her to maintain her link to the local community she loves, and she feels indebted to Brown for the rest of her life for providing her with opportunities to succeed. Diane had been the first generation and first person in her family to attend college – and she now holds a Ph.D. She has great respect for Brown’s mission and is proud to be part of that mission.
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