Hometown: St. Maarten
Major: Social Work
Born on the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, Nayanne Lenus moved to Rhode Island for elementary school, moved back to St. Maarten to complete high school and returned to Rhode Island for college. “I like to say I am St. Maarten born, Rhode Island raised,” she said.
Lenus has always been passionate about helping people and wanted to be either a teacher or a social worker when she grew up. “I went with social work because it’s a career that allows you to advocate for those that are unable to do so for themselves, fight for justice, and help those that are vulnerable. I want to make a profound impact in the lives of others,” she said.
She chose RIC for its highly regarded social work program, affordability and proximity to her family.
“I love to travel and the school does a good job advertising different opportunities to study abroad.” She recently completed a trip to Ecuador, where she volunteered at an orphanage.
During a three-semester internship at the Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Lenus worked with non-custodial parents who were trying to improve their lives and learn to parent more effectively.
She has volunteered with a variety of social service organizations, including Amos House, the United Way and Emmanuel House.
After graduation, Lenus plans to spend the summer volunteering before she returns to RIC in the fall to pursue her M.S.W.