Staff Development Day

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Staff Development Day is fast approaching, and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s sessions and festivities! Get ready to learn, engage, and connect with colleagues on June 12, 2024. This year’s theme is Connecting Today | Creating Tomorrow.

Brown’s beloved Staff Development Day tradition is offering professional and personal growth and other engagement opportunities on campus along with some virtual offerings to accommodate our remote and hybrid staff. Brown staff can look forward to the return of Leslie’s Farmers Market and the traditional end-of-day celebration on the main green as well! 

The Shopping Period will take place from April 29 to May 8, 2024, offering a choice of 80 sessions ranging from professional development and faculty research to self-care. Additionally, there will be over a dozen volunteer opportunities with organizations across Rhode Island available for registration by Brown staff. Registration opens on Thursday, May 9, and closes on June 5, 2024.  

Staff Development Day (SDD) registration is happening in Workday! Check out the new SDD catalog to sign up for your sessions and all other activities you want to participate in (breakfast, lunch, keynote, etc.). Please review the registration job aid for details on the new registration process. Contact [email protected] if you have any questions about registration. Registration begins on Thursday, May 9, 2024, at noon!

Schedule of Events
Breakfast at the Lindemann Performing Arts Center Courtyard 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m 
Keynote Kickoff at Alumnae Hall 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Volunteer Session I (various locations) 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Session I (various locations) 10:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Lunch in Sharpe Refectory 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Leslie’s Farmers Market on Wriston Quad 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Volunteer Session II 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Session II (various locations) 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
End of Day Celebration on the Main Green 2:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

2023-05-18 Wendy Schiller New Watson Website Headshot-1.jpgWe are excited to announce Dr. Wendy Schiller as our keynote speaker for Staff Development Day 2024. Dr. Schiller, Alison S. Ressler Professor of Political Science, Director, Taubman Center for American Politics & Policy, and Professor of Public & International Affairs, will deliver a keynote speech comparing the state of American life today with earlier periods economically, socially, and politically.

Following her keynote, Dr. Schiller will host an afternoon session titled "Election 2024: Expectations and Potential Surprises." This session will review the upcoming elections at all levels, focusing on the presidential race and the battle for party control in Congress. Dr. Schiller's expertise promises valuable insights into the electoral landscape, including emerging trends and factors that could impact outcomes. Join us for a compelling exploration of American politics with Dr. Wendy Schiller.


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Leslie’s Farmers Market

We are delighted to announce the vendors participating in Leslie's Farmer's Market on Wriston Quad, a tribute to the late Leslie Uhnak, a cherished organizer of the Staff Development Day Farmers Market. Join us to experience a wonderful array of offerings from:

  • Wise Mouth Teas
  • PVDonuts
  • Hometown Poke
  • Maggie's Healing Path
  • New England Nautical Gifts
  • Fig and Dandy
  • Rhed's Hot Sauce
  • Wellspring Apothecary
  • Sustainability Booth
  • Orisirisi Spice of Life
  • Perfect Empanada
  • Kay's Curries 
  • Caribe & Co.
  • Wedge RI
  • Anchor Toffee
  • Kristi's Kraftails
  • PT Color Market
  • Sustainability
  • Krakatoa Garden
  • Chicamonina

Join us on the Main Green for the Staff Development Day End of Day Celebration! Meet with colleagues from all across campus to celebrate a day full of learning, development, and community. Refreshments, two drinks tickets, Del’s Lemonade, and desserts from the Brown Food Truck will be provided courtesy of Brown Dining and Catering. Staff can participate in entertainment, games, and other activities hosted by Talent Development and the Staff Advisory Council. 

Activities and entertainment include: 

  • Caricatures 
  • Lawn Games 
  • Volleyball
  • Karaoke 
  • Bingo 
  • Trivia 
  • Interactive Photo Booth  
  • Music by Larry Love
SDD 2024 Engagement Toolkit

The SDD 2024 Engagement Toolkit ensures that leaders, managers, and staff are well-informed champions for employee engagement and community building on Staff Development Day (SDD), June 12, 2024. The Engagement Toolkit outlines everything you need to know about SDD 2024 and provides best practices for how teams can make the most out of the experience. 

SDD 2024 Session tracks

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SDD 2023 photos

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sDD Spotlight


Photo from SDD 2023: Staff volunteering at Bami Farm 

Staff Development Day VIDEOS

In 2015, Staff Development Day was honored with The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District 1 award in the Special Events category. The Circle of Excellence Awards showcase outstanding work in advancement services, alumni relations, communications, fundraising, and marketing.

Staff Development Day 2018 Guinness World Record

Staff Development Day Anniversary Video