by Abigail Northgraves ’19
This week at the Student Congress meeting, there was no new or old business being presented. The guest speaker was Steve Maurano, associate vice president of Public Affairs, Community & Government Relations.
Maurano gave a brief overview of his role at the College and the work his office does. Maurano’s office is responsible for public relations of the College, community relations within the surrounding Smith Hill and Elmhurst neighborhoods, and government relations at the city, state, and federal levels.
Some challenges Maurano’s office faces at the local level with the city of Providence is the fact that PC’s campus is situated with at the corner of three different wards. This means that the College must communicate and maintain relationships with three different council members who represent the different wards.
At the federal level, Maurano is closely monitoring what happens in our nation’s capital for any ruling that may affect private higher education institutions.
Maurano spoke passionately about the importance of maintaining a positive relationship with the neighborhood residence. He sees all of the wonderful community service work that students are involved in, and he wants to emphasize this to the neighbors.
It is imperative for Maurano that PC does not become a “closed community.” He wants to remain a player in the greater Providence community and area.
Student Congress will not have a meeting next week due to Columbus Day.