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Brown Leadership Institute: Leadership Development for High School Students

Robin Rose, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Professional Studies has served Brown University for over 30 years, as a therapist, as the chief student affairs officer and as the founder and director of the Leadership Institute and the Brown Environmental Leadership Labs. She also founded and directed the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, a nationally recognized outdoor leadership program. Dean Rose has a national reputation as expert on leadership development programs for youth and experiential education. She currently supervises all summer programs within the School of Professional Studies. She is passionate about environmental issues, gardening, snorkeling and learning from and with young people.

Kisa Jo Takesue is the Director of Leadership Programs in the School of Professional Studies at Brown University.  Raised in Hawai'i and Massachusetts, she established her longtime connection to Brown in her undergraduate years, receiving an A.B in American Studies.  She obtained her Master's in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and worked in Texas as a community-based social worker, providing supportive services to teen parents, immigrant families, and medical patients. She returned to Brown in 1996 to serve as a dean in the Office of Student Life and, later, as the inaugural director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and the Student Activities Office.  During her tenure at Brown, she has collaborated with students and colleagues to implement a wide range of educational programs focusing on leadership and diversity. For six years she taught the Women and Leadership course in the Brown Leadership Institute. Takesue has presented workshops at national conference on topics related to student development and support and has co-authored an article in the Journal of College Counseling and a book chapter about multicultural student services and academic affairs. A founding member of the Asian/Asian American Alumni Alliance of Brown University, Takesue is a volunteer with Youth in Action, a Providence non-profit organization where young people work for positive social change.

Public Policy: Leading and Creating Change

Andy Pennock is a faculty member in the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown where he teaches policy analysis, program evaluation, and comparative public policy to undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Pennock has won multiple teaching awards at both Brown and UNC-Chapel Hill, most recently a Teaching with Technology Award from the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning at Brown.  Dr. Pennock brings a wealth of public policy experience to the classroom.  His recent public policy projects include work for Serve Rhode Island (AmeriCorps) and the Rhode Island State Legislature. Before coming to Brown, Dr. Pennock served as committee staff at the North Carolina legislature, consulted for the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and served on the board of a prominent Chapel Hill non-profit.  While completing his PhD, Dr. Pennock taught in the North Carolina Governor’s School, a public program for gifted public school students from across the state.

Leadership and Social Justice

Caitlin Bradford Murphy is a social studies teacher at Hudson High School in Hudson, MA where she has taught for the past thirteen years. Teaching courses such as Ethics, Contemporary Legal Issues and American Studies; she uses a hands-on approach that allows her students to apply concepts to the real world. While at Hudson High School, she developed a social justice course that encourages students to become actively involved in identifying injustice and working to create social change. Prior to her career in teaching, Caitlin spent six years as a community organizer and advocate for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. She holds a M.Ed. from Cambridge College and a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of New Hampshire. Caitlin was a teaching fellow with the Choices Education Program at the Watson International Institute at Brown

Leadership and Global Development

Diana Graizbord is a PhD candidate in Sociology and a Doctoral Fellow in Brown's Graduate Program in Development and Inequality in the Global South. She holds an MA in International Affairs and Development from the New School and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of development and globalization, poverty and inequality, and international social policy.  While her current research is focused on Latin America she has extensive research and practical development experience in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.  Diana has previously taught courses in the Leadership Institute, as well as in the Sociology and Development Studies  programs at Brown University. 

Leadership and Global Engagement

John Bierbaum has taught U.S History, World History, Sociology, Psychology, and college-level European History at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. He earned his MA in History from Illinois State University and has taught at the secondary level for ten years becoming a National Certified Board Teacher in 2011.  In 2013, he was a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year.  For the past ten years he has been the head Mock Trial coach and is a team captain for the McLean County Diversity Project.  He has worked with the Choices Education Program at the Watson International Institute at Brown University and implements curriculum workshops for his local school district. 

Kelly Keogh teaches International Relations, Regional World Studies and A.P. American Government at Normal Community High School in Normal, Illinois. He earned his Master’s in Diplomatic History from Illinois State University and has taught at the secondary level for thirty years becoming a National Certified Board Teacher in 2006. He is a Teaching Fellow for the Choices Education Program at the Watson International Institute at Brown University where he has written curriculum units and done workshops around the country for the program.

Changing Business: Becoming a Social Entrepreneur

Kelly Ramirez is the CEO of Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG), and the founder of the SEEED Summit. Kelly also teaches courses on Social Enterprise at Providence College and Salve Regina University. Previously, she directed the Social Enterprise Initiative at the William Davidson Institute (WDI) and was an adjunct lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. She has consulting and project management experience with organizations including Aid to Artisans, the Ford Foundation, the European Commission, USAID, the State Department, and Roche.  Kelly also worked as a political analyst for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service, an election monitor for the OSCE, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Slovakia. Kelly received MA Degrees in Public Policy and Urban Planning and a BA in political science from the University of Michigan, completed a leadership certificate program at the Ross School of Business, and received a scholarship to attend the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. She was named a Woman to Watch by the Providence Business News, is a 2014 BALLE Fellow, and was recently appointed to the Rhode Island Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.

Women and Leadership

Mary Grace Almandrez is the Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color and Assistant Dean of the College at Brown University. She works closely with students, faculty, alumni, and colleagues to create and implement initiatives that facilitate an inclusive campus environment and promote social justice education. Prior to her arrival at Brown University, she founded multicultural centers at three private, liberal arts institutions. Her research and teaching interests focus on women of color in leadership, diversity in higher education, and social justice education. She has presented her work at several conferences, including: the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, AAC&U's Diversity & Learning Conference, National Learning Communities Conference, and National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. Her co-authored chapter, "Bridging Integrated Identities to Integrated Services" was recently published in Multicultural Student Services on Campus: Building Bridges, Re-Visioning Community (2011). She also serves on Youth In Action's Board of Directors and HARI Vidya Bhavan's Advisory Board. Mary Grace earned her Ed.D. in organization and leadership from the University of San Francisco, M.S. in human resources development from McDaniel College, and B.A. in sociology from the University of San Diego. She was born in the Philippines and raised in California.

Leadership and Global Health

Cate Oswald joined Partners In Health (PIH) in 2005 and has served in a number of capacities to direct and support their efforts around the world   She provided program support not only to our work in Haiti but also to projects in Mexico, Guatemala, and the Dominican Republic. In Haiti she has contributed to efforts in improve monitoring and evaluation activities, launched their mental health program, supported the implementation of their cholera response, and was an integral member of the leadership team that crafted the response to the 2010 earthquake. Cate was promoted to Country Director in 2011 and oversees all operations for PIH’s largest and oldest project. Cate received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her Master’s in Public Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Cate has experience working on issues of social justice and equality locally in Rhode Island and Massachusetts through homeless rights initiatives, especially in access to nutrition, housing, and health care. Internationally, Cate has worked in Sub Saharan Africa, South America, and the South Pacific on projects aimed to understand the social context of disease while working alongside communities to improve health outcomes.

Dr. Samantha Rosenthal is a Research Associate in the Department of Epidemiology in the Brown University School of Public Health as well as in the Brown Institute for the Study of Environmental Science. In college she double-majored in chemical and biomedical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. She worked on pharmaceutical and vaccine development as a chemical engineer and developing novel medical devices and prostheses as a biomedical engineer. After her undergraduate education, she worked full-time for Procter & Gamble (P&G) in Egham, England, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Stamford, Connecticut. At P&G she developed skills and experience such as study design and implementation, innovation, and method development. Samantha then joined the Master’s in Public Health Program at Brown University. She received the Global Health Scholarship and Foreign Studies Fellowship and traveled to Cape Town, South Africa to conduct both qualitative research in the local townships and data analysis examining the associations between alcohol misuse and risks for HIV infection (published in AIDS Care). She also spent much of her time in the MPH critiquing empirical evidence and statistical simulation models supporting the concurrency hypothesis—the theory that overlapping sexual partnerships is the main driver of the African HIV epidemics. This work has led to many publications including two in AIDS and Behavior and one in the The Lancet. She received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the Brown School of Public Health in 2014. She received the Community Health Pre-doctoral Fellowship in 2011 and she is currently involved in multiple research topics including how climate change influences emerging infectious disease spread, how social media puts young adults at risk for depression and substance use, and generally how epidemiology can be used to shape health policy and intervene in the progression of disease.

Creativity and Social Change

Kali Quinn is a facilitator of compassionate creativity through innovative storytelling and physical play based in Providence, RI where she has taught theatre for the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA and Brown Undergrad Programs and worked as Stateside Faculty for Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy). Her two solo shows dealing with grief and intergenerational conflict resolution have been performed at universities and festivals throughout the country. Kali has also facilitated training at: Creative Medicine Series at Brown University, McDonogh School, United Natural Foods, Pearl Theatre Company, Celebration Barn, New England Center for Circus Arts, MIT, Connecticut College, Boston University, Emory College, Bucknell, Clowns Without Borders in Guatemala & Grupo Galpao in Brazil. Kali serves on the national Board for the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Training: BA, University of Rochester; MFA, Dell’Arte School of Physical Theatre.

Identity, Diversity, and Leadership

Kelly Garrett is the Program Director of the LGBTQ Center at Brown University. She received her M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she specialized in teaching about issues of Racism, Heterosexism and Ableism. She has been working in the field of Campus Life and Student Affairs for more than 20 years and has been providing direct support services and leadership development to LGBTQ students and allies for 16 years, first as the Assistant Director in the Office of LGBT Affairs (Spectrum Center) at the University of Michigan and now in her current position at Brown.  Kelly regularly provides leadership development and training on LGBTQ and social justice issues at Brown and other local colleges and universities. In addition to her work in Student Affairs she has taught Social Justice Education and Inter-Group Dialogue courses at the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts.

Lynn Hernandez is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the School of Public Health at Brown University. She received her doctoral degree from Florida International University in Miami, FL in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. She has conducted research in developing and examining behavioral treatments for adolescents of diverse ethnic/racial backgrounds using community-engaged approaches. She has also developed training programs to enhance the cultural competency of services provided in medical, counseling, and educational settings to minority communities. The long-term objective of her research activities is to reduce health disparities affecting ethnic/racial minority youth by developing culturally appropriate and easily accessible interventions that capitalize on culture specific protective factors and promote the development of healthy cultural identities.

Human Trafficking: Saints, Sinners, and Modern Day Slavery

Elena Shih received her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and BA in Asian Studies and Women’s Studies from Pomona College.  She is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies, and in 2015 will join the faculty at Brown University in the Department of American Studies as an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Elena’s research on transnational social movement and market response to trafficking in China, Thailand, and the United States, has received funding from the Social Science Research Council, American Sociological Association, Ford Foundation, Freeman Asia Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission.  Her dedication to Community-based and participatory ethnographic research methods has been recognized by numerous grants and awards from the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, Japanese American Community Service, the UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women Constance Coiner Award for commitment to working-class, feminist issues and social change.  Elena is a former Fulbright Fellow to the Zhongze Women’s Legal Counseling and Service Center (formerly Beijing University Center for Women’s Law Studies and Legal Aid), and researcher for the United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking (UNIAP) China Office.