Staff Development Day 2022: All Sessions

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MORNING SESSIONS (10:15A -11:30A)

A Home Away from Home: How Staff Can Support the International Student Community at Brown

Learn about the campus offices, programs and resources that support Brown’s international student community. Broaden your cultural awareness and help promote inclusivity on campus, regardless of your current level of engagement with the international community. Join session leaders Jen Kim (Assistant Director of English Language Support, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning), Natalia Román Alicea, (Program Coordinator of the Global Brown Center), and Kelsey Trimm (International Students Program Coordinator, the College).

Jen Kim (Assistant Director of English Language Support, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning), Natalia Román Alicea (Program Coordinator, Global Brown Center), and Kelsey Trimm (International Students Program Coordinator, the College)

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

All About Bikes: A Beginner's Guide to Cycling, Safety and Community Building

Join local cycling group It's Just a Hill as they present the ins and outs of cycling, including how your helmet should fit, how to share the road with cars, riding in groups and why the heck the clothes are so tight. Bring all your own burning bike questions.

Jon Stenning, Director, Podcaster, Avid Cyclist

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Ask a Skincare Specialist

As we enter the summer season, learn some tips and tricks to protect your skin from Katie Mulcahy, local skincare specialist and owner of holistic skincare brand Potion. Come with your questions about best skin practices, specific products and any other “skin-quiry” you can think to ask.

Katie Mulcahy, skincare specialist and owner of holistic skincare brand 'Potion,'

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Alternatives to Animals in Testing

A paradigm shift in the safety testing of drugs and chemicals is inevitable. Join experts from Brown University’s Center for Alternatives to Animals in Testing for a conversation about the evolution of this field and how new and exciting alternatives are replacing the use of animals in research.

Jeff Morgan, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Behind the Scenes of Brown's New Performing Arts Center

Tour the Performing Arts Center, a new building that will support performance, teaching and research for music, theater and dance. With a radical, one-of-a-kind approach to spatial, acoustic and technical flexibility, this building is designed to inspire innovative new art-making, enable unprecedented artistic collaboration and serve as a hub for performance at Brown.

Matthew Cate, Project Manager, Facilities Management

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a) 

Behind the Scenes of the DPS Communications Center

Join Department of Public Safety Lt. Elayna Boucher and her team for a tour of the Communications Center. Get an overview of the systems they monitor and meet the staff members who work behind the scenes.

Elayna Boucher, Lieutenant, Public Safety

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Birds, Bats and Flying Robots: The Aeromechanics and Animal Flight Wind Tunnel at Brown

Join Professor of Engineering Kenny Breuer for a tour of one of Brown’s unique research facilities: a wind tunnel used to study flight in birds, bats and flapping-wing robots. Watch videos and demonstrations and learn more about this research. (Please note: This tour will require standing and walking.)

Kenny Breuer, Professor of Engineering, School of Engineering

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Birthday Box Service Project

There are more than 430,000 children in foster care at any given time, and they don’t always get to celebrate their birthdays. Together We Rise created the Birthday Box program, part of its Safer at Home service initiative, to ensure children in foster care get to celebrate their special day. Learn more about this fun and easy community service project and how you can get involved.

Hosted by SAC

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

Brown: A Benefit For Everyone

Join Benefits Team members April O'Malley, Pam Donnelly and Jen McKay to uncover tools, benefits and work-life programs at Brown that you may not have known about, including retirement tools, critical illness insurance, accident insurance and more.

April O'Malley, Senior Benefits Specialist, Human Resources/Benefits

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Brown & Providence Public School District: Parents Meet & Greet

You wear many hats! If two of those happen to be, you work at Brown and you’re a parent of a Providence Public School District student, then join colleagues for an opportunity to meet, mingle, share your experiences across schools and leave with tips and tools to help enrich your child’s educational experience.
Hosted by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform

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

Building a Fearless Team

High-functioning and inclusive teams do not happen by accident. Rather, they are intentionally cultivated. Amy Edmondson, author of “The Fearless Organization,” says psychological safety — a climate in which colleagues feel comfortable speaking up to share relevant ideas, questions or concerns without the fear of being shut down or retaliated against — is necessary to achieve high performance and inclusion. While many steps go into creating a psychologically safe environment, one “best practice” step is to build and establish effective, living team norms. Join Director of Talent Development Judy Nabb and University Ombuds Julie Weber as they walk you through steps to create team norms with your colleagues and lead a discussion on the value of and connections between team norms, psychological safety and productivity.

Julie Weber, University Ombudsperson

Judy Nabb, Director, Talent Development

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Cybersecurity: Survival for the Layperson

How do you protect your laptop from cyber threats? What can advertisers learn about you from your internet habits? How do you keep kids safe online? Find the answers to these questions and more in this interactive Q&A session with Professor of Computer Science Shriram Krishnamurthi and Director of Information Security Mark Dieterich.

Mark Dieterich, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Technology

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Dancing Robots

Have you ever seen a robot dance? Join Eric Rosen, a Ph.D. student in computer science who this spring taught the course Choreorobotics 101 with Professor Stefanie Tellex, for a performance demonstration using the Boston Dynamics Spot software system.

Eric Rosen, Graduate Student, Computer Science

Demo | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Election 2022 Forecast

After one of the most polarizing and highest-turnout Presidential elections in modern history, Democrat Joe Biden was elected with a Democratic House and a divided U.S. Senate under narrow Democratic majority control. In Rhode Island, there are contests for all statewide offices and there is an open congressional seat for the first time in more than a decade. Join Professor Wendy Schiller for an expert analysis on current American politics and projections for the coming months and years. Schiller is the Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, director of the Taubman Center for American Politics and Policy, and professor of international and public affairs at Brown.

Wendy J. Schiller-Kalunian, Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence in Political Science, Director, Taubman Center for American Politics & Policy, Director of Graduate Studies, Political Science (Spring 2022), Professor of Public & International Affairs"

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Explore Health and Wellness at Brown

Brown’s new Wellness Center brings together health services and wellness education and programming in one location. Learn more about how the center, along with Sternlicht Commons residence hall, provide an environment for students committed to developing and sustaining healthy lifestyles and studying holistic global approaches to wellness. The session will include a brief presentation followed by a tour of the building’s public spaces.

Paul Dietel, Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction, Facilities Management

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Explore Interactive Digital Publications

From interactive simulations to nonlinear reading opportunities, scholars increasingly seek to harness advances in digital technology and communication so that their ideas and arguments no longer need to be confined within the corners of a printed book. Explore some of the cutting-edge faculty-led digital books developed by the Library's Digital Publications Initiative with Digital Scholarship Editor Allison Levy. Learn more at https://library.brown.edu/create/digitalpublications/

Allison Levy, Digital Scholarship Editor, University Library

Demo | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Facilities Management 101

Unsure of how to submit a work order, request a space study or seek moving support with Facilities Management? Ever wondered how the University plans, designs and carries out construction on campus building and renovation projects? The session will provide insight into Facilities Management, including the roles and responsibilities of each group within the team.

Deborah Dunphy, Director Of Facilities Services, Facilities Management

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Fostering Creativity in Your Team

Creativity is a key element of innovation and growth. In this session led by New Directions, part of Brown’s Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, learn how to foster creativity in your team to innovate, enhance and seize opportunities.

New Direction guest speaker

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Webinar (for large 150+ sessions) | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Global Day of Inclusion Special Session:​ America's Long History of Racializing Epidemics and Educational Implications

Since their earliest arrivals in the United States, Asian immigrants have been racialized as “perpetual foreigners'' or “yellow peril” who are unassimilable to the dominant society and whose presence is a threat to the nation. This racialization has been at the core of countless cases of anti-Asian discrimination throughout US history, many of which turned into outright hate crimes and state-sanctioned violence, particularly during economic, military, or public health crises. Also, blaming a racially marginalized group for introducing and spreading disease is nothing new. There is a long history of racializing epidemics in the United States. This talk will contextualize the upsurge of anti-Asian violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic within the America’s long history of anti-Asian violence and racialized epidemics and discuss educational implications to stop the troubling history.  

Dr. Sohyun An

Instructor-led Session | In-person & Livestream | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

How To Grow Vegetables Better

Learn how to grow vegetables and get better at it every year in this session led by University of Rhode Island Master Gardener William Baddeley. Discover how to improve your garden soil and vegetable production over time and how to troubleshoot inevitable problems.

William Baddeley, URI Master Gardener

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Information Mapping: A Secret Weapon for User-Friendly Documentation

Creating documentation (procedures, reports, manuals, emails or even web content) about a complex topic that's easy to understand is challenging. Learn the methodology to create easy-to-follow documentation with the reader in mind and level up your written communication skills in this session led by Wendi Lewis, business intelligence analyst in Brown’s Office of Information Technology.

Wendi Lewis, Business Intelligence Analyst, Office of Information Technology

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Introduction to the Brown Design Workshop

Learn how to use the amazing maker tools in the Brown Design Workshop, including a laser cutter and 3D printer, to work with wood, metal and other materials. Workshop Director Chris Bull will lead a tour of the lab space and available equipment.

Chris Bull, Director of Brown Design Workshop/Senior Lecturer, School of Engineering

Demo | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Introductory Mindfulness Session

Starting with an introduction to what mindfulness is, the session will include a practice session and discussion. 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 | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Leveraging Neuroscience for a More Natural AI

Progress in artificial intelligence (AI) has spawned great successes in many engineering applications. Artificial neural networks are now approaching — and sometimes even surpassing — human accuracy on a variety of visual recognition tasks. In this talk, however, Professor Thomas Serre will show how modern AI systems sometimes fail to solve seemingly simple visual reasoning problems and how neuroscience principles can be used to guide the development of modern AI systems and help address some of their limitations.

Thomas Serre, Associate Director of the Center for Computational Brain Science, Director for the Center for Computation and Visualization, Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Professor of Computer Science, Cognitive Linguistic & Psychological Sciences

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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LGBTQ+101 and Allyship

46% of LGBTQ+ workers are closeted at work, with over 50% of non-lgbtq+ workers reporting they don't think their workplace has any LGBTQ+ people at all. Over the past decade rights for LGBTQ+ people in the workplace and at home have been increasingly in the spotlight. How can we make our community more welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQ+ people? This introductory course will cover the basics to set you on that path! Learn the importance of Pronouns, how to use inclusive language, and what to do when someone comes out to you! This 101 course will set you on the path to becoming an LGBTQ+ Ally in the workplace! 

Alex Mastromarchi, Grants and Contracts Administrator, Office of Sponsored Projects

Instructor-led Session | Zoom meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Parent and Family Engagement

The ability to engage with parents and families has become an important skill for university staff.  Please join us to learn how your department can best communicate with families and strategies to respond to parent inquiries.  In this interactive session, Mikele St-Germain, the Director of Parent & Family Engagement, will provide you with information about available resources, best practices, and an overview of how the newly formed Department of Parent and Family Engagement can be a strategic partner to your office.

Mikele St. Germain, Director of Parent and Family Engagement, Campus Life & Student Services

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Planning a Successful Campus Event

A lot has changed in the world of events over the past few years. The Event Strategy and Management team will share what’s new and guide you through the basics of making your campus event a great success.

Jody Soares, Assistant Director of Event Management, Office of University Communications

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Public Art Scavenger Hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt to find the amazing public art and glorious hidden gems throughout the Brown campus. Divided into teams, you will be given a map showing the location of the exhibits along with more information about the exhibits you will discover. Each team will decide on their strategy since there are just too many amazing things to see in the time we have for the hunt. Should your team focus on just seeing some cool art? Going to the most exhibits? Exploring one part of campus in depth, or visiting many different areas? Staying outdoors? Collecting the hardest exhibits with the most points? Gathering extra points?

Alison Buckser, Rebekah McKinney, and Alyssa Mefford, Office of Corporate & Foundation Relations, Division of Advancement.

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

Join members of the Benefits Team for an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the workplace accommodation request process at Brown.

Samantha St Onge, Leave and Accommodation Manager, Human Resources/Benefits

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Safety and Situational Awareness Session

Learn how to avoid or deal with everything from harassment to potentially violent situations in this interactive class led by Brown Department of Public Safety Sgt. Kelly Mitchell. Sgt. Mitchell will share practical aspects of personal safety, emphasizing self-awareness and assertiveness as well as physical and verbal strategies to counter violence. Participants may choose whether to take an active or audience role in the session.

Kelly Mitchell, Sergeant

Public Safety

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Sharing Diverse Stories: SAC’s Short Story Club

Have you always wanted to join a book club but can’t finish a whole book? Join members of the Staff Advisory Council for this pilot session of the new Short Story Reading Group. Read a short story from an underrepresented author and engage in dynamic discussion of the important topics presented. Remote attendees are welcome!

Susan Vieira, Residential Life Coordinator, Residential Life

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Starscapes and Constellations: Photographing the Night Sky with Your Digital Camera

See how easy it is to take dramatic photos with minimal equipment in this session led by Bob Horton, an amateur astronomer, astrophotographer and telescope maker for more than 40 years. Learn how to take beautiful images of starscapes, constellations and more. No telescopes required!

Robert Horton, Manager, Astronomy Labs & Ladd Observatory, Physics

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Sweet Case Service Project

"Children navigating foster care are often given a trash bag to move their belongings. Join Together We Rise in helping to replace these trash bags with personalized duffle bags through the Safer at Home Sweet Case project — an easy and fun way to give back."

Hosted by SAC

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

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The Art of Adaptive Leadership

“What people resist is not change per se, but loss.” This is a quote from the authors Hefeitz, Linsky and Grashow and a fundamental principle in their concept of adaptive organizations. During this session, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Sarah Latham will delve into the model of adaptive organizations and change. Learn practical tools and techniques to assist you in leading your team as well as your change efforts.

Sarah Latham, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Tools and Tricks of the Trades

Join Facilities Management for an overview of the Structural Trades division and participate in one of a series of workshops. Watch a locksmith rebuild and repair a mortise lockset before pinning a core — a typical part of their day’s work on a college campus. Learn how to safely use epoxy resin to create anything from ornaments to tables, and take home your own creation. Watch skilled carpenters fabricate a custom cabinet door from scratch, showcasing new tools such as the three-way shaper. Or work with a carpenter to fabricate your own photo frame.

Tom Macchi, Director, Facilities Operations, Facilities Management

Demo | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Tour of Sharpe Refectory

Did you know that Sharpe Refectory serves 3,000 to 50,00 meals daily during the academic year? Participate in a rare, behind-the-scenes look into one of the largest kitchens in Rhode Island. Join Chef Manager Kirby Dorius for a tour of both the back and front of the house, including the bakeshop and catering operations, along with a quick history of the dining hall.

Kirby Dorius, Sharpe Chef Manager, Dining Services

Tour | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Train with Strength and Conditioning

Join Brandon O'Neall, head coach of strength and conditioning for Brown Athletics, for a basic 60-minute workout session modeled after the workouts of Brown’s student-athletes. This session will include coaching from certified staff and will follow the basic format of rolling, stretching, activation, torso work, weight lifting (progressions and regressions included for all ability levels), and some work capacity to finish.

Brandon O'Neall, Head Coach, Strength & Conditioning, Athletics & Physical Education

Demo | In-person | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Working Together to Increase and Spread Empathy

While empathy has always been a critical skill for leaders, recently it has taken on a new level of meaning and priority. Empathy contributes to positive relationships in organizational culture and drives results. Join Keith Thompson, assistant director of professional development programs with University Human Resources, to learn the key concepts surrounding empathy and develop your capacity to show empathy to others in the workplace.

Keith Thompson, Assistant Director of Professional Development Programs

University Human Resources

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

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Your Career Management ToolBox Part I: Resume and Cover Letter

Learn how to create a strong resume and cover letter that will help you stand out. This workshop will include how to highlight your accomplishments and transferable skills in your resume, and what to include and not include in your cover letter.

Anne Lipsitz, Executive and Career Coach

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Meeting | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS (1:15P - 2:30P)

Brown Arts Institute at the Performing Arts Center

Get a glimpse of how the Brown Arts Institute will be making the most of the new Performing Arts Center. Join BAI staff members to hear about new programs, classes and plans for community involvement.

Chira DelSesto, Director of Programs and Operations, Brown Arts Institute

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

Brown University Campus Tour 

Did you join the Brown University community recently? Would you like to familiarize yourself with the various spaces across Brown's campus that enhance the learning environment, enliven our community, and enrich our culture? Please join Chief of Staff to the President Marguerite Joutz and Assistant to the President for Special Projects Olugbenga Joseph for a special campus tour for employees.

Olugbenga A Joseph, Assistant to the President

Marguerite Joutz, Chief of Staff to the President

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

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Building Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is a tool that can be used personally and professionally to build your brand and network. Executive and career coach Anne Lipsitz 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 | Zoom Meeting | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Cyanotypes: Art and Science

Cyanotypes (also called blueprints or sun prints) uses one of the oldest photographic processes. Join Winnie Gier from the Department of Visual Art for a workshop highlighting this fascinating process. Create compositions out of natural and household objects, lay them on top of chemically treated paper and expose them to UV light to develop a piece of art you can take home.

Winnie Gier, Communications and Outreach Coordinator Department of Visual Art

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

Fighting Misinformation: A Practical Guide

What’s the difference between misinformation and disinformation? Who creates it, and why? Why are we all so susceptible to this type of information, and how can we talk to family and friends about it? Learn everything you need to know in this practical session led by Claire Wardle, professor in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown’s School of Public Health and co-founder of First Draft, a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting communities from harmful misinformation.

Claire Wardle, Professor of the Practice of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Public Health-Health Services Policy & Practice

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Webinar (for large 150+ sessions) | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

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Get To Know the Faculty Club

Did you know that Faculty Club membership is open to all Brown staff and faculty members? Learn more about the club and its benefits with a guided tour of the historical building on Bannister Street and a culinary demonstration led by Andrew Geoghegan, director of the Faculty Club and Catering Operations, and Jeffrey Hoit, manager of Bon Appétit, the company that manages food services on campus.

Andrew Geoghegan, Director of Faculty Club and Catering Operations

Dining Services

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

Global Day of Inclusion Special Session: DEI Passport Scavenger Hunt

Diversity, equity and inclusion are not only important concepts in our work but also represented in intricate ways across campus. Join colleagues in a community-building event where we will traverse campus in teams with hopes of finding small details, important facts and public displays of Brown’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout history and into the current moment.

Tiffany Enos, Director of Inclusion and Campus Engagement

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

Global Day of Inclusion Special Session: Inclusive Leadership A Force Multiplier

We are living in a time where everyone is connected. No longer are borders restricting us from commerce or collaboration within our geographical space. Globalization is the norm and in order to stay competitive and relevant in today's climate, developing an inclusive leadership mindset is essential for future organizational success. Join consultant​ Stephon Williams  in this ​one-hour presentation ​where ​we will:

  • Define Inclusive leadership
  • Highlight the benefits of Inclusive Leadership
  • Outline Inclusive leadership principles and best practices

Instructor-led Session | In-person | Lunchtime 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Boxed lunches will be provided at this session.   

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Global Day of Inclusion Special Session: Inclusive Leadership A Force Multiplier

We are living in a time where everyone is connected. No longer are borders restricting us from commerce or collaboration within our geographical space. Globalization is the norm and in order to stay competitive and relevant in today's climate, developing an inclusive leadership mindset is essential for future organizational success. Join consultant​ Stephon Williams  in this ​one-hour presentation ​where ​we will:

  • Define Inclusive leadership
  • Highlight the benefits of Inclusive Leadership
  • Outline Inclusive leadership principles and best practices

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

Getting Involved: President's Staff Advisory Council

Meet with the President's Staff Advisory Council, or SAC, members to learn what SAC does, who they are and how to get involved.

Linda Angela, Co-Chair, President's Staff Advisory Council
Anita Nester, Co-Chair, President's Staff Advisory Council

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

How Did the Poison Get In the Wine? Roots of the New World Disorder

News seems to keep getting worse. As we emerge from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are confronted by challenges to our democratic institutions, a world shaken by war and a planet threatened by climate disaster. Stephen Kinzer, a senior fellow at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, will share some thoughts on how we got here and where we may be headed.

Stephen Kinzer, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

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

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Like I've Never Been Born: The Centrality of Mattering in Everyday Life

Perhaps the most fundamental need that human beings, as social creatures, seek to satisfy is the sense that we matter to other people, that we make a real difference in the lives of those around us. To matter to others is one of the prime motivations underlying human behavior; we will do almost anything to make sure that others notice us or relate to us. In this talk, Professor of Sociology Gregory C. Elliott will demonstrate the saving value of mattering by examining the consequences of believing one fails to matter to others.

Gregory C. Elliott, Professor of Sociology, Sociology

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

Make Your Workspace Work for You

Your workspace setup is important whether you are working on campus or at home. Assistant Director of Occupational Health and Safety Stephanie Santucci is back again to share helpful tips and tricks for improving office ergonomics wherever you are working.

Stephanie Santucci, Assistant Director of Occupational Health & Safety, Environmental Health & Safety

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

Overview of Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Join Student Accessibility Services (SAS) staff for a conversation about accessibility on the Brown campus and learn how you can help provide an equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment for every student.

Dr. Jesús Rēmigiō  | Associate Director, Accessibility Services, Office of Student Life

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

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Radical Candor: Tips for Becoming a Better Manager

Watch Kim Scott, author of “Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity,” deliver her fascinating TED Talk on how to build a better team and be a better manager, then join in a discussion about the concepts she addresses. What has worked for you in the past? What techniques would you like to try? Come prepared to talk about real examples of management challenges in this session led by Melissa Skinnell, director of Library Digital Technologies, University Library. Get ready for the session by reading “Radical Candor” and/or listening to Scott’s Radical Candor podcast (not required).

Melissa Skinnell, Director of Library Digital Technologies, University Library

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

Street Harassment Bystander Intervention

As bystanders, we need to be vigilant and aware of what disrespect, harassment and hate violence look like in order to be able to stand up and intervene at a time when people need it most. Join Brown University Department of Public Safety Sgt. Kelly Mitchell to learn the five Ds of safe bystander intervention.

Kelly Mitchell, Sergeant, Public Safety

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

The Center for Digital Scholarship

Join Ashley Champagne, Head of Digital Scholarship Project Planning, to learn more about Brown’s Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS), which provides expertise, services and teaching in digital scholarship across the University. Come hear about our training and mentorship opportunities, events, and projects. Learn more at library.brown.edu/create/cds.

Ashley Champagne, Head, Digital Scholarship Project Planning, University Library

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

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The Importance of Influence

Influence is an essential skill that is especially beneficial to leaders at all levels. In this session led by New Directions, part of Brown’s Faculty/Staff Assistance Program, learn about different styles of influence, when they are best used and some ways to increase your influence.

New Direction guest speaker

Instructor-led Session | Zoom Webinar (for large 150+ sessions) | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

The Mindful College Student

Join Eric Loucks, associate professor of epidemiology and director of the Mindfulness Center at Brown, for a discussion about Mindfulness Research and programs at Brown. Eric will also discuss his new book “The Mindful College Student: How to Succeed, Boost Well-Being, and Build the Life You Want at University and Beyond.” The book offers mindfulness habits for young people that can lead to better mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health.

Eric Loucks, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Associate Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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

Rooftop Observatory Tour

Come check out the observatory on the roof of Barus and Holley and learn how Brown’s telescope provides wonderful views of our moon, planets and deep-sky objects. If the weather cooperates, a solar telescope will be set up for your viewing pleasure.

Bob Horton, Manager, Astronomy Labs & Ladd Observatory, Physics

Tour | In-person | 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, Facilities Management

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

URI Gardeners: Native Plants Program

Learn how to use native plants to create beautiful, well-balanced, and thriving landscapes. Turn your garden into living ecosystems that will provide food, water, shelter and safe places for wildlife.

Karen Asher, guest presenter

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

What's the Universe Really Made Of?

Come learn and talk 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, Physics

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

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