Bela Teixeira, Prevention Coordinator
Bela Teixeira is the Prevention Coordinator for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), working on a Providence school-based initiative aimed at engaging men and boys in the prevention of violence against women and girls. Bela completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Rhode Island College, with concentrations in Painting/Photography/Graphic Design and Anthropology. She now continues her studies at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, pursuing a Master of Social Work. In Bela’s 12 ½ year tenure at the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, she developed and implemented public history, arts, and cultural programming for audiences of all ages; she also served in a variety of capacities, including communications, development, and as the organization’s Executive Director. Since 2010, Bela has shifted her career focus to the public health arena, in the areas of public health prevention, advocacy, and policy. She continues to foster her interests in arts and culture, social justice, alternative/holistic healing, and improving the quality of life of her community.