The College Visions Board of Directors announced that Tina Meetran has been named the next Executive Director of College Visions. This change is effective July 27, 2020.
According to College Visions Board Chair Deborah Obalil, “I am extremely proud to announce that Tina Meetran will be the next Executive Director of College Visions. Tina is an accomplished alum of College Visions, and her leadership presents an exciting new phase for our organization. The CV Board is committed to building organizational leadership that reflects the students and communities that the organization serves and Tina is an extremely talented embodiment of that goal.”
Tina was born and raised in Providence. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Clark University. She has previously served as Board Chair of Providence youth organization PrYSM and created Rhode Island’s first comprehensive guide to advising undocumented students. Tina has served as Acting Co-Director of College Visions for the past six months.
“Becoming Executive Director of College Visions is still so surreal to me because it’s more than just a job. It is proving to this society that a low-income, woman of color can thrive in leadership,” stated Meetran. “It is reassuring young people who face multiple adversities that they will continue to surpass them all and get to where they want to be. And it is validating the immigrant parents who have made many sacrifices to build opportunities for their children. I am beyond excited to serve my community in this new role and lead College Visions to empower students in their growth through college enrollment and degree attainment.”
From College Visions Founding Director Simon Moore: “I’m thrilled about Tina’s appointment! It represents College Visions’ ultimate goal of building power and leadership in low-income communities of color in Rhode Island. The team has always pushed for equitable college access in service of this greater purpose. With Tina ascending to the organization’s highest leadership role, College Visions is a model for the sector and takes another powerful step toward real community-ownership. I’m deeply confident Tina will thrive in the role. Early in her career, she aspired to be an ED, and she’s done the hard, intentional work to be ready for this. Tina’s selection only deepens my ongoing confidence in and commitment to College Visions.”
Founded in 2004, College Visions is supporting 500 low-income, first-generation Rhode Island students to prepare for college, apply, enroll, and persist to earn degrees. College Visions accepts students with a wide range of academic achievement who demonstrate a need for support as they apply to and attend college. The highly effective programs offered by College Visions help students set high goals and achieve outstanding outcomes. 98% of College Visions students enroll in college after high school compared to 48% of low-income RI students, and 67% of College Visions students earn degrees within 6 years compared to 38% of low-income RI students.
Moira Hinderer, Development Director