Staff Development Day 2023: All Afternoon Sessions


Children's Book Drive Volunteer Project

Volunteer to help sort and process books donated to the United Way and Books Are Wings 11th annual Children’s Book Drive, to be distributed to children across the state to prevent summer learning slide and build home libraries. You will check books for damage, organize them by age group and help prepare the books for distribution to educational programs across the state. Wear comfortable, layered clothing and closed-toed shoes and bring your own water bottle and personal care items. A waiver is required. Parking is available on the San Souci and Valley Street side of United Way or in marked spaces at Church of the Master, diagonally across Valley Street. Enter through the main entrance (San Souci Street side).

United Way, Books are Wings

Community Service | In-Person | Afternoon  (1:00p - 3:00p)

Location: Books are Wings, 50 Valley Street, Providence. RI 02909

Helping the Farmer: Volunteer Project at Bami Farm

Volunteer your time to support Bami Farm, a 6-acre community farm in Johnston run by the African Alliance of Rhode Island. Weed the gardens, plant seeds and help with general cleanup and other farm tasks as needed. Wear comfortable, layered clothing and sneakers or work boots and bring your own water bottle and personal care items. Waivers are required. Please note that Bami Farm has a small parking lot; carpooling is recommended.

United Way, Bami Farm

Community Service | In-Person | Afternoon (1:00p - 3:00p)

Location: Bami Farm, 2321 Hartford Ave, Johnston, RI 02919

Volunteer Project at What Cheer Flower Farm

Help out at Cheer Flower Farm, a nonprofit organization that grows and gives away flowers to a network of local organizations, such as hospitals, recovery centers and food pantries. As a volunteer, you'll plant seeds, clean up gardens and build floral bouquets to bring cheer to nursing homes, senior centers and more. Training will be provided. Wear comfortable, layered clothing and sneakers or work boots and bring your own water bottle and personal care items. Waivers are required. Parking is available on site.

United Way, What Cheer Flower Farm

Community Service | In-Person | Afternoon (1:00p - 3:00p)

Location: What Cheer Flower Farm, 63 Magnolia St, Providence, RI 02909



Developing Dignity Skills

The need has never been more urgent for people in leadership positions to be educated in matters related to dignity. The desire to be treated as something of value is universal. At the same time, we are all vulnerable to having our dignity violated, creating conflicts wherever human beings cluster — in families, in communities, in the workplace and among nations. The push for dignity is one of the root causes of conflict, yet it is rarely addressed when attempting to manage and negotiate a resolution to disputes. How can something so fundamental to the human experience have been neglected for so long? Learn more about the role dignity plays in our lives and relationships; how to honor dignity and assess dignity competency; how to give, receive and ask for feedback; and how to acknowledge dignity violations in yourself and others.

Donna Hicks, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (Note: This session is from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Location: Kasper Multipurpose Room, Stephen Robert Campus Center


A Practical Guide to Tackling Misinformation

Learn why we are all susceptible to believing misinformation and what we can do protect ourselves in this session led by Professor Claire Wardle, a leader in the field of misinformation, verification and user-generated content. Claire will also share some strategies for talking to friends and family who might be "falling down the rabbit hole" of conspiratorial thinking.

Claire Wardle, Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice

Instructor-led Session | Hybrid | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Salomon Hall, Room 001 (there is also a virtual option for this session)

Addressing Anti-Fat Bias for a More Inclusive Brown

Learn the definitions of words related to anti-fat bias, explore the ways that anti-fat bias shows up in our day-to-day lives, including in our work at Brown, and understand steps we can take to address anti-fat bias to make Brown more inclusive.

Jessica Kilgore, Assistant Dean of Student Conduct and Community Standards

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 208

Destress with 5NP Acupuncture

Join Daisy Ferreira, R.N., and Tanya Sullivan, N.P., of Brown's Health Services to relax with the 5 Needle Protocol (5NP). 5NP utilizes five points in the outer ear to address physical and emotional symptoms, related toxic stress, drug and alcohol detox, chronic pain, anxiety, PTSD, depression, trauma, shock and more. In this session you will be provided with a comfortable chair to relax in and soothing music as Daisy and Tanya insert small needles in one or both ears. Read more about 5NP here:

Tanya Sullivan, Associate Clinical Director, Health Services, Nurse Practitioner

Demo | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Health and Wellness Lobby

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Developing Your Career Management Toolbox Part 2: Optimizing your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a tool that can be used personally and professionally to build your brand and network. This workshop will help you maximize LinkedIn’s potential, explain the platform’s strategic word/algorithm properties and teach you how to use it to recruit, network and be seen as a subject matter expert.

Anne Lipsitz, Executive and career coach

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Developments in Alzheimer's Disease

Learn about the latest news in Alzheimer's disease research from Ted Huey, director of the Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital and a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

Ted Huey, Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

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Event Planning at Brown: Simplifying for Success

The world of events is ever-changing, and Event Strategy and Management wants to make it easier for you to navigate event planning at Brown by sharing the tools and resources they use. Learn about event planning processes that will help you manage events more efficiently, as well as the new community of practice for event planners on campus. This session is invaluable for anyone who plans events on campus or is simply curious about the work that goes into some of the University's biggest events.

Kate Vieillard, Director of Event Strategy and Management

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: 85 Waterman, Room 130

Exploring the Self: How Social Identity Development Informs Perspective

Learn how social identity development is connected to beliefs and behaviors. Participants will explore their personal beliefs about issues related to social identity and how these beliefs can affect them and others.

Tristan Glenn, Assistant VP of Inclusion, Campus Culture and Engagement, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 101

Hair We Go!

The goal hair (intentional typo) is to unite the masses on a very important topic: hair. Join Dolores Cox, executive assistant in the Office of Belonging, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Warren Alpert Medical School, to learn about hairs of different races, backgrounds and ages. A registered cosmetologist, Dolores will dispel myths, answer questions, discuss all types of hair textures and invoke an understanding of the emotions behind all things hair.

Dolores Cox, Executive Assistant, BioMed Medical Education

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Metcalf Hall, Friedman Auditorium

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In the Wake of George Floyd

In May 2020, at the height of the global pandemic, millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the public killing of George Floyd by the police. While Floyd’s killing sparked months long protests, what was at stake was a longer history of police and other extra-judicial killings of Black people and other people of color, seemingly without accountability. Brown University responded in a variety of ways, including support for projects addressing systemic racism. “In the Wake of George Floyd” is the response of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) to these events. Presented in partnership with the library’s Center for Digital Scholarship, the project creates an archive of Rhode Island’s responses to the events and broader experiences of anti-Black racism and police violence. Join CLACS manager Kate Goldman to learn more about this important conversation.

Kate Goldman, Manager, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Patsy Lewis, CLACS Director, Ashley Champagne, Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), Patrick Rashleigh, Head of Digital Scholarship Technology Services 

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 102

Innovation for Impact: Building a Vibrant Research Ecosystem in the Jewelry District

The Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) project planned for the Jewelry District will support collaborative, interdisciplinary research with lasting impact on the most important challenges facing human health. Come hear how, by supporting research with life-changing impact, the ILSB will accelerate the timeline to clinical impact, foster a vibrant and dynamic research ecosystem, attract future generations of scientists, publicly engage the broader community and serve as an important generator of economic opportunity and workforce development for the region.

Mukesh K. Jain, M.D., Frank L. Day Professor of Biology, Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences, Senior Vice President for Health Affairs

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Introductory Mindfulness Session

Join Colin Murphy of the School of Public Health for an introduction to mindfulness meditation.

Colin Murphy, Assistant Director of Marketing and Business Development, School of Public Health

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: 85 Waterman, Room 015

Mathematics and Physics: The Eternal Golden Braid

Explore how physics and mathematics have interacted throughout history and learn about recent developments in these fields, with special attention to Brown faculty books and research.

Kenneth Silva, Laboratory Manager, Department of Physics

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

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Meet the Robots

Take a tour of one of Brown's robotics lab and learn more about the work that goes on there. Demo of dancing robots included!

Thao Nguyen, Graduate Student, Department of Computer Science

Tour | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: Brown Robotics Lab, Department of Computer Science, 115 Waterman St, 4th Floor

Moving From Boss to Coach

Managers today are stretched in every direction. In this session, you'll learn about Gallup’s research-driven five key conversations for maximizing your team’s productivity and engagement, what it means to transition from boss to coach and the benefits this transition can provide to you, your team members and the organizational culture.

Bethany Warbuton, Certified Gallup Coach

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Preparing for 100-Year Lives

Longevity literacy is an understanding of how long people tend to live in retirement. It is key to retirement preparedness. If we don't have a realistic understanding of our life expectancy, we are missing a foundational component in our planning: a time horizon. In this session, you'll learn how to think about this theme holistically across financial, physical, mental and social dimensions and through a gender and broader DEI lens.

Surya Kolluri, Head of the TIAA Institute

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Salomon Hall, Room 202

President's Staff Advisory Council (SAC): We Want You!

Learn more about the role of the President's Staff Advisory Council, or SAC — who they are, what they do and how you can get involved.

Anita Nester, Undergraduate Concentration Manager, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Salomon Hall, Room 203

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Proactive Considerations: Accessibility in Higher Education

Join ADA/504 Coordinator Kristin Malloy for a brief overview of the history of accessibility in higher education and a discussion of how you can proactively plan work activities that encourage full participation by individuals of all abilities.

Kristin Malloy, ADA/504 Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Put Your Paws to a Cause: Awareness-Level CPR and AED Workshop

Get an awareness-level (the level before certification) lesson in applying Hands-Only CPR. Also known as compression-only CPR, this is a quick way to help if somebody should require CPR. The workshop will also cover awareness-level information about automated external defibrillators, or AEDS, including what they are, what they do and why they are important.

Amy Sanderson, Director of Emergency Management for Health and Wellness

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Health and Wellness Multipurpose Room

SAC Short Story Club: Sharing Diverse Stories

Enjoy book clubs but don't have time to read a novel? Join a session of the SAC Short Story Club: Sharing Diverse Stories — a group of staff that reads short stories (less than an hour to read) by authors whose identities are underrepresented in literature. Read a story sent in advance and participate in a discussion about the story.

Susan Vieira, Residential Life Coordinator

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert Campus Center

The Caregiver Crisis II: Caring for Aging Parents

Caregiving for aging parents requires coordination, documentation, long-term planning and overall care management. These responsibilities often leave us feeling unseen, isolated and burned out. Join Bahamia Ulysse, director of caregiver navigator programs at ianacare, to learn practical and emotional tips and frameworks as you navigate your caregiving journey. Connect with other Brown employee caregivers and discover new ways to balance work, life and care.

Bahamia Ulysse, Director of Caregiver Navigator Programs, ianacare

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

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Tour Brown's Beautiful Grounds

Join Grounds Superintendent Nic Mol for a tour of Brown's extensive grounds, historical quads and ceremonial gardens. You'll learn how the Grounds team maintains it all. The tour will start at the Van Wickle Gates and will be held rain or shine.

Nick Mol, Grounds Superintendent

Tour | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: Van Wickle Gates

Volunteer at the Providence Animal Rescue League

Help your local animal shelter take care of their dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs by volunteering for a variety of tasks. Bag pet food and supplies in their Pet Food Pantry, which provides food to help families keep their pets home with them; help with general housekeeping; make enrichment toys; and lots more!

Alison Buckser, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Advancement

Community Service | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Providence Animal Rescue League (34 Elbow Street)

Welcome to The BLOC (Brunonians Living Off Campus)

Learn about an exciting new educational initiative that will introduce students to resources for living and learning in the city of Providence. This session will also focus on integrating staff and faculty to The BLOC, especially those who currently reside in or are considering residing in one of Providence's many flourishing neighborhoods.

Brenda Ice, Senior Associate Dean and Senior Director of Residential Life

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

What's New in Cancer Research

Join members of the Legorreta Cancer Center for a close look at current research on a variety of cancer types, as well as the latest information about cancer screening and prevention. Members of the Legorreta Cancer Center represent the Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown's schools of Public Health and Engineering, the Lifespan Cancer Institute and affiliated hospitals, and are working together to better understand genetic and environmental risks of cancer to prevent cancer whenever possible.

Shiyoko Cothren, Associate Director of Administration, Legorreta Cancer Center

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: 70 Ship Street, Room 107

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What's the Universe Really Made Of?

Come learn about dark matter, dark energy and all the weird and strange things that Professor Ian Dell'Antonio and his colleagues in the Department of Physics observe as they work to understand the Universe and what’s in it.

Ian Dell'Antonio, Professor of Physics

Instructor-led Session | In-Person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 108

Who Has Time for That? Navigating Work/Life Balance for Working Parents - THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED

Calling all parents — does your workday feel like it never ends because once you clock out of the office your second shift at home is waiting for you? When you're crushing it at work do you feel like you're failing at home, and vice versa? Join this interactive workshop/discussion in which participants will be guided in self-reflective exercises to examine the pressure points of a busy parent’s life. There will be time for participants to share tips and strategies with each other in a collective effort to help working parents achieve more work/life balance.

Felicia Salinas-Moniz, Director, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender

Hercilia Corona, Assistant Director, Counseling and Psychological Services

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Friedman Hall, Room 201

Your University Library: Staff Resources

Discover all the Brown University Library resources available to you as a staff member, from databases such as to music, New York Times access and so much more.

Nora Dimmock, Deputy University Librarian

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

Location: Digital Scholarship Lab, The Rock

Yours? Mine? Ours?: Records Management at Brown

Learn about the importance of records management and archives in meeting your business needs and preserving records of historical value. The session will provide an overview of records management, types of archival records, records retention guidelines, best practices for handling electronic records and much more.

Jennifer Betts, Assistant Director for the John Hay Library and University Archivist

Andrew Majcher, Head, Digital Services and Records Management

Instructor-led Session | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p -2:30p)

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