Employee Programs & Discounts

Employee Programs Calendar

BROWN GIVES November 1 - December 31, 2019
BEAR Day February 18, 2020
Bear Bargains Ongoing
Staff Development Day June 9, 2020

Staff Development Day 

On Staff Development Day, Brown staff invest in their personal and professional growth, increase their knowledge about Brown University, and gain a better understanding of faculty research. Staff Development Day was honored in 2015 with a CASE District 1 award in the Special Events category. 


Click here to watch the BEAR Day 2019 video.

Click here to review the BEAR Day 2019 program.

Click here for the winners of the 2018 Excellence Awards.

BEAR Day is held annually in February to celebrate years of service and performance excellence. President Paxson recognizes staff who have reached service milestones from 5 through 50 years of service; she also presents Excellence Awards to staff members in the categories of Citizenship, Diversity & Inclusion, Efficiency, Innovation, Leadership, Rising Star, and Service.

Excellence Awards & Service Awards   

The Excellence Awards and Service Awards are presented at BEAR Day to recognize staff members, respectively, for their contributions in making Brown University a better place to work and for staff reaching milestones in their Brown careers. Excellence Award winners are chosen by a selection committee representing the diverse Brown community and are announced in early December. Service Awards are given to staff who have reached 5 through 50 years of service to Brown.



BROWN GIVES is an annual charities drive supporting the United Way of Rhode Island. The United Way uses its Community Impact Fund to solve Rhode Island’s most pressing issues of improving education, enhancing job skills, creating affordable housing, and connecting people to needed services.

    Bear Bargains

    bear-bargains_0.jpgClick here to access the latest list of local discounts!

    Bear Bargains is a discount program for all members of the Brown community. A Brown ID Card allows students, faculty, and staff access to a variety of discounts and services in the Providence area and beyond. In partnership with Working Advantage, Brown community members may also access national discounts for travel, concerts, sporting events, tours, and more! To register for Working Advantage, follow these instructions.

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