Personal Growth & Development


Finding Flow With Ink and Tai Chi

Throughout this session, participants will be introduced the Eastern concept of energy, "Qi/Chi," and its application to calligraphy and tai chi.

Si Jie Loo, Academic Department Manager, Department of Visual Art

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

Location: List Art Building 325 (64 College St, Providence, RI 02912)

Hair We Go!

Calling participants from hair, there and everywhere for a discussion 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 hair of different races, backgrounds and ages. A registered cosmetologist, Cox 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

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 208

Mysteries of the Solar System and the Development of Planet Earth

Since lunar samples were returned by Apollo 11 mission, it became clear that the Moon was formed by a giant impact of a Mars-size body onto the early Earth. Without the heavy Moon, humankind would have never emerged. Many other apparently accidental products developed, such as the ocean, plate tectonics, the magnetic field and Antarctica — all of which we needed to evolve and develop science. Join this session to learn about the mysteries of our very existence, the concept of fine-tuning cosmological constants and what environmental science can glean from these early developments.

Takahiro Hiroi, Senior Research Scientist & Spectroscopy Specialist

Instructor-Led Session | Hybrid | Morning (10:15a -11:30a)

Location: MacMillan Hall, Room 117 (167 Thayer Street) and Zoom/Livestream

Afternoon SESSIONS (1:15p - 2:30p)

Cyanotypes: Art + Science - Canceled

Design 101: Using Brown's Visual Identity for Impactful Designs

Join the Office of University Communications' Creative Services team for a session that will teach you how to use the visual identity elements of Brown University to create powerful presentations! We'll review the visual design elements, including shape, negative/white space, color and typography, and show you how to apply hierarchy, balance, contrast and scale while adhering to brand standards and accessibility requirements. You'll learn how to use these elements effectively to achieve maximum impact, and we'll provide real-world examples to illustrate our points. Plus, we'll equip you with resources to help you improve your communications. Don't miss out on this opportunity to become an expert in using the visual identity elements of Brown University!

PJ Centofanti, Senior Visual Designer

Jaci DaCosta, Art Director

Josh Grab, Visual Designer

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

Location: List Art, Room 110 (64 College Street, Providence, RI 02912)

Is It You or Me?

In this session, participants will explore effective strategies for identifying and navigating manipulation. Gain insights into handling requests assertively, emphasizing the importance of direct communication and setting and respecting boundaries. Additionally, learn how to elevate your awareness to foster a healthier and more empowered approach to interpersonal dynamics, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the nuances involved in effective communication and boundary setting.

Dolores Cox, Executive Assistant, Bio Med Medical Education

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

Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 201 (95 Cushing Street, Providence, RI 02906)

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 the lens of gender and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Surya Kolluri, Head of the TIAA Institute

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 202

Security Awareness to Protect Your Credit & Identity

The number of attempted cyber attacks — including phishing — increase daily, and these attacks commonly target higher education institutions. Join this session to increase your knowledge on ways to identify phishing, tips to protect yourself and prevent cyber crimes, available resources that help protect consumer credit and identity theft, and the differences between fraud alerts and security freezes on your credit.

Cory Crew, Information Security Awareness and Training Specialist

Wynette Zuppardi, Assistant Vice President, Financial Services

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

Location: Zoom

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

Michelle Venditelli, Director of Collections Care

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

Location: Rockefeller Library, Digital Scholarship Lab (10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI 02912)