Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When is TWTP and General Orientation?
A: TWTP 2015 is Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, September 4. Students participating in General Orientation arrive on Saturday, September 5. Classes begin on Wednesday, September 9.
Q: Does TWTP cost anything? Do I have to pay a registration fee or pay for my housing and meals?
A: No. There is no registration fee to attend TWTP. The program will cover your housing and meals. Your meal plan for the semester begins on Saturday, September 5, the first day of General Orientation. The only fee that you may expect is if there is an off-campus activity planned during TWTP. The off-campus activity will not exceed $20.
Q: Who sponsors TWTP?
A: TWTP is sponsored by the Offices of the Dean of the College and Campus Life and Student Services. It is organized by the staff and students of the Center. The Director/Assistant Dean of the College and the staff of the Center work with and supervise the TWTP Student Coordinators. Almost fifty students work behind the scenes to implement this pre-orientation program. The Minority Peer Counselors (MPCs) and other Center student staff members work together to implement logistics, co-facilitate workshops and lead small group discussions for the participants.
Q: Why is it called the Third World Transition Program?
A: It is a question that is often asked and filled with history and interesting facts. TWTP is a transition program to help incoming first-year students, especially students of color, transition into college life. It gives students a space for intense self-exploration and a chance to learn about thriving and succeeding at Brown. Please feel free to explore the various parts of our website to learn more about the history of the Center.
Q: When I register online, will I receive a confirmation that my registration has been accepted?
A: When you submit your registration online, you will receive an immediate system-based confirmation on the google webpage that your registration has been submitted. Once the deadline for registration has passed, you should receive an email from the TWTP Coordinators confirming your space for TWTP or letting you know if you are on the waitlist. Due to program constraints, we can accept only the first 200 registrants. If you choose to not remain on the waitlist, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Are there services and accommodations available for students with disabilities?
A: Yes. Students with disabilities should contact Student and Employee Accessibility Services (SEAS). They can be reached at (401) 863-9588 or SEAS@brown.edu between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m (during their summer hours). SEAS serves students with physical, psychological, sensory and learning disabilities. Please contact SEAS well in advance for specific accommodations. Additional information can be found on their website at www.brown.edu/seas
Q: What if I need to come a day early or a day late for TWTP?
A: Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate early arrivals at this time. We can only arrange for your pick up on Tuesday, September 1. Even if you arrive early on campus independently, we will not be able to provide you with housing prior to Tuesday, September 1. If you come a day late, you will need to arrange for your own transportation to campus. Please indicate the day you will arrive on your registration form.
Q: What room will I stay in during the program?
A: TWTP participants can move into their assigned residential space on the opening day of the program. Keys to your assigned space will be provided at the TWTP registration table.
Q: How do I get to Brown?
A: If you are coming by air, train or bus into Providence on Tuesday, September 1, we will have a shuttle service to pick you up from the airport, train or bus station. We will have students with Brown/TWTP signs, so please look out for them. We do receive students arriving on early morning or late night flights. This service is offered only to those arriving into Providence. If you are driving or do not need to be picked up, directions to Brown are available at http://www.brown.edu/about/visit/driving-directions . Parents can park at the Power Street Parking Complex located on Brook Street between Power St. and Williams St.
Q: When do I get to Brown and where do I check in?
A: On Tuesday, September 1, you can check in for TWTP. We will provide more details about check in as the date draws closer. When you check in for registration, you will receive keys to your permanent room assignment. TWTP staff will also be there to register you for TWTP and provide you with the program materials. The Minority Peer Counselors and other Center student leaders will be at the residence halls to help you with your luggage.
Q: How do I register if I come in after 5 pm on Tuesday, September 1 or on Friday, September 4?
A: If you come in after 5 pm on September 1, late registration will be at the Center, 68 Brown Street. You will receive your room keys as well as your TWTP registration materials. Students will be at the Center to help you with your luggage.
Q: Are there any activities for my parents/guardians?
A: Yes, there are activities for parents on Tuesday, September 1. There will be an Open House at the Center (68 Brown St) from 2:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. for parents/guardians to meet with members of the Brown BCSC community. The Financial Aid Office will also have open hours throughout the day for drop-in advising. The TWTP Welcome Dinner from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Sharpe Refectory) serves as the formal opening for the program.
Q: Is there a TWTP schedule?
A: The TWTP schedule can be accessed HERE.
Q: Is there a schedule for Move-In Day (September 1, 2015)?
A: Coming soon.
Q: What do I bring with me for TWTP?
A: An energized spirit and a curious mind! You may want to pack a separate bag (for the three days of TWTP) that contains all your essentials. Even though you will be given your permanent room keys at check-in, it is advisable not to completely unpack and arrange your room if your roommate(s) are not present. This will help avoid unnecessary conflicts with your roommate on the arrangements in your room. Please make sure to have a sweatshirt handy to handle the air conditioning in buildings!
Q: Is there a listing of local hotels and transportation for my parents?
A: Yes, click here for a list of hotels and here for transportation
Q: Is there a listing of places to eat or things to do in Providence?
A: Yes, click here!
Move-In Day – Schedule for Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
All TWTP participants can register for TWTP and move into their rooms on Tuesday, September 1, 2015. Minority Peer Counselors and other Center staffers will be at the registration venues to help students move in to their residence halls.