Rhode Island: It's All in Our Backyard

Proud foreign-born Rhode Islanders

September 19, 2013 by jessica

Michelle DePlante of the International Institute of Rhode Island reminds us of Rhode Island’s diverse heritage. “Rhode Island is great because of its people – both U.S. and foreign-born who call our state home. There are some great stories of foreign-born individuals who are proud to be Rhode Islanders and are contributing to our state.” Check out the IIRI website for a gallery of these stories.

For example: Omar and Cesin Curi opened Los Andes, a thriving Bolivian restaurant on Chalkstone Avenue in Providence. Luis Matos, born in Portugal, is an Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court. And Richlieu Norris, originally of Liberia, is a middle school teacher who hopes to go into education administration.

The Providence Journal featured several of these stories on Sunday.