SDD 2024: All Afternoon Sessions


Fun-tastic Day at Children's Friend

Join us for a day of fun at Children's Friend. Volunteers will be coming to two of our sites. Activities may include painting a wall, engaging in sports or gross motor activities, doing arts and crafts and/or joining in on playground games with the kids.

Darieliza Polanco and Sara Masri

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

Location: 70 Union Avenue, Providence, RI 02909

Garden Cleanup and Flower Planting With What Cheer Flower Farm

Help out at What 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

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

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

Pack Boxes for the Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Support the Rhode Island Community Food Bank with box packing projects for families and people in need. Wear comfortable, layered clothing and sneakers or work boots and bring your own water bottle and personal care items. Participants will be standing and moving throughout the shift, and should be prepared to occasionally lift boxes up to 35 pounds and have a strong attention to detail. Waivers are required. Parking is available on site.

Alison Buckser, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

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

Location: Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 200 Niantic Ave, Providence, RI 02907

Support Veterans and Their Families by Volunteering at Dare to Dream Ranch

Dare to Dream Ranch, located in Foster, RI, provides alternative therapy programs for U.S. military service members, veterans and their families struggling with emotional challenges like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, military sexual trauma (MST), and mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Services include equine therapy, horticultural therapy, yoga, fly tying and fishing, nutritional cooking, woodworking, career coaching and group therapy to assist those impacted.

Projects for volunteers and teams at Dare to Dream Ranch include conducting outdoor and trail clean ups, preparing and maintaining vegetable and flower gardens, continuing to build a stone wall, preparing a memorial walkway and other needed tasks.

United Way

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

Location: Dare to Dream Ranch, 12 Snagwood Rd #1451, Foster, RI 02825

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Enhance your audio and video projects with the latest innovations in AI

Delve into cutting-edge AI advancements in media creation with the Digital Learning & Design (DLD) media team at Sheridan Center, as we showcase strategies to generate AI content and enhance the quality and accessibility of existing media. This session will cover practical methods to seamlessly integrate these innovations into your video and audio practices.

Andrew Andraos, Educational Media Producer, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning

James Foley, Director, Digital Learning & Design

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

Location: Zoom

Beat the Traffic to Brown by Bike

Curious about bike commuting? Want to explore ways to be healthy and get to work energized and refreshed? Interested in heart-healthy living and avoiding traffic over the bridges? Participants will learn about equipment, routes, maintenance and everything related to bike commuting by someone who has commuted by bike to work at Brown for almost 20 years.

Geoff Williams, Microscopist/Manager, Bioimaging Facility, BioMed Molecular, Cellular Biology Biochemistry

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

Location: Pembroke Hall, Room 305 172 Meeting St, Providence, RI 02912

Brown Robotics Lab Tour

Participants will watch George Konidaris, associate professor of computer science and director of the Intelligent Robot Lab, demo some of the cool robot hardware acquired over the last few years by the Brown Robotics group, with essential support from the grant and admin staff. This will include a Boston Dynamics Spot robot (Spoiler alert: It can dance!) and a walking humanoid robot.

George Konidaris, Associate Professor of Computer Science

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

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

Career at Brown Panel

Want to learn more about what makes a long and successful career at Brown University? Join our panel of longtime Brown staff members with 30+ years of service at Brown and hear about how they grew their careers within the university.

Kathleen Kenney, Director of Human Resources for the Office of the Provost

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

Location: Zoom

Coaching Catalyst: Unleashing Potential in 75 Minutes

According to Gallup data, 70% of the U.S. workforce is disengaged. But research shows that leaders who utilize a more coach-like approach see dramatic results in terms of stronger relationships, higher levels of engagement and inclusion, and more innovative and effective solutions. In this highly interactive session, you will learn what coaching is, foundational principles of effective coaching and how to make the most out of your experiences when you are being coached. The session will include a lecture, discussion and application breakouts, ensuring you leave with skills you can immediately apply.

Edward Barrows, Professor of the Practice of School of Professional Studies

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

Location: Zoom and List Art, Room 120 (64 College St, Providence, RI 02912)

Cyanotypes: Art + Science - Canceled

De-Stress 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 Ferreira and Sullivan insert small needles in one or both ears. Read more about 5NP here.

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

Daisy Ferreira, Registered Nurse

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

Location: Alumnae Hall Crystal Room (194 Meeting Street)

Demystifying Research Security

"Research security" is the federal government's hot new term related to research funding and it will affect everyone at Brown. But, at first glance, research security conflicts with Brown's open and collaborative environment. In this session, participants will learn the historical context of research security and how it is being implemented at Brown. This session is great for grants administrators and anyone involved in research.

Torrey Truszkowski, Assistant Director, Research Security and Export Control, Office of Research Integrity

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

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

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)

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. 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 | Virtual | Afternoon (1:15p - 2:30p)

Location: Zoom

DPS Communication Control Center Open House

Step behind the scenes of the Department of Public Safety Communication Control Center at Brown. Learn how emergency calls come in and how the Brown DPS communications control officers use the technology.

John Vinson, Deputy Chief of Police

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

Location: CIT Building, 115 Waterman Street

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Election 2024: Expectations and Potential Surprises

This session will review the upcoming 2024 elections at the local, state and national level, including a focus on the presidential election and the battle for party control of the U.S. Congress.

Wendy J. Schiller 
Alison S. Ressler Professor of Political Science
Director, Taubman Center for American Politics & Policy
Professor of Public & International Affairs

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

Location: MacMillan Hall, Room 117 (167 Thayer Street)

What Is an Event Contingency Plan, and Why Does Your Event Need One? - Canceled

Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask About Hospice & Palliative Care

The services and support of non-profit hospice and palliative care organizations go beyond most common expectations. In this session, presented by a hospice professional and a hospice volunteer, we invite participants to learn more about palliative and hospice services, as well as the ancillary supports available to patients, families and caregivers including support groups, grief counseling, dementia care and in-home/facility-based care for moderately to seriously ill individuals. We will focus on traditional understandings of advanced illness and hospice care as well as the unexpected ways these services can positively impact the patient's care, those who support them and the community as a whole.

Deanna Upchurch, Teaching Associate in Medical Science

Janet Isserlis, Assistant Director, Curricular Resource Center

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

Location: Zoom

Explore SAC: Discover the President's Staff Advisory Council

Join the co-chairs of the President's Staff Advisory Council (SAC) to discover the council's role, learn how it can support you and explore opportunities for participation. Whether you're considering joining or just curious, join us to delve into the essence of SAC's mission and impact.

Susan Vieira, Assistant Director of Upper Division Communities

Chris Geib-Ayala, Grants and Contracts Specialist

Brian Dawson, Benefits Data Manager

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 108 

Fashioning Your Identity

What do your clothes say about you? In this workshop, we will explore the entanglement of fashion and identity to develop a better understanding of what our wardrobes communicate about us, our values and our communities.

Erika Holshoe, Events and Outreach Coordinator

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 003

From Diversity to Belonging: A Collaborative Approach to Support International Students

Brown boasts a vibrant and diverse community, with a significant number of international students contributing to its academic and cultural richness at both undergraduate and graduate levels. By fostering a deeper understanding of the international students' needs and experiences, this session aims to collaboratively identify themes and discuss effective strategies to better serve the population within the broader framework of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

Dr. Ruby Cheng, Assistant Director, Global Brown Center

Komal Shah. Associate Director, Career Services and Professional Development

Joy Liu,PhD, Assistant Director for English Language Support, Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning 

Alice Plane, Senior Fellow in International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute 

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

Location: Watson Joukowsky Room, 111 Thayer Street

IBES Sustainability Forum: Updates, Tips and Your Questions Answered

Curious about how you can live a more sustainable life? Explore Brown’s latest advancements in sustainability — on campus and beyond — and gather practical tips for adopting a more eco-friendly lifestyle. Stay for a Q&A with Professor Stephen Porder, associate provost for sustainability and the author of "Elemental: How Five Elements Changed Earth’s Past and Will Shape Our Future," who will answer your questions about how to create a greener future.

Stephen Porder, Acacia Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and Environment and Society, Associate Provost for Sustainability Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology

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

Location: 85 Waterman St, Room 130

Improve Your Website with this One Cool Trick: Hands-On Usability Testing

Whether you are responsible for a website, form, documentation or process, this session will give you hands-on experience with conducting a usability test to find ways to improve your site. You are also welcome to participate if you have a non-Brown website or are just curious; you can work with a provided example.

Stephanie Obodda, Assistant Director, IT User Experience Strategy, Office of Information Technology

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

Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 101 (95 Cushing St, Providence, RI 02906)

In the Wake of George Floyd

In May 2020, at the height of the pandemic, millions of Americans took to the streets to protest the public killing of George Floyd by the police. While Floyd’s killing sparked monthslong protests, these demonstrations called into question 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 Brown University 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.

Tarika Sankar, Digital Humanities Librarian, Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown University Library

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 201

Project Management Panel Discussion – Brown Project Management Community of Practice

Join us for an engaging panel discussion diving into project management best practices, how to get started as a project manager, and the nuts and bolts of project management. This session is for you if you are interested in expanding or acquiring project management (PM) skills, or want to learn more about becoming a PM.  Panelists include Project Managers (PMs) from across Brown, former Brown PMs who have moved into PM roles in other industries, as well as Brown staff who were previously PMs but used the experience to move into other roles at the University. An audience - panelist Q&A will be followed by an opportunity to socialize after the panel discussion concludes.

Kara Kelley, Executive VP of Finance & Administration

Bethany Warburton, Senior Project Manager

Wendy Wallace, Director of Civic Engagement

Sydney Menzin, Project Manager

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

Location: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Kasper Multipurpose Room

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)

LGBTQ+ 201: Queer Histories and Identities

Lets take a quick dive into the LGBTQ+ Community and its history! Have you ever wondered which historical events (and local Rhode Islanders) shaped the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement? Are you curious about the different identities included in LGBTQ+? Take the next step in your Allyship adventure and learn about both these topics in our 70 minute crash course covering who we are and how we got here. (Participants are recommended to have attended LGBTQ+101 or have an understanding of Pronouns, inclusive language and Trans/Non-Binary Identities)

Alex Mastromarchi, Grants and Contract Administrator

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

Location: Rhode Island Hall (on the Main Green), Room 108

New Projects Overview and Tour

Join us to learn about two major building projects that are currently in the design phase: the Integrated Life Sciences Building (ILSB) and the Indoor Turf Facility (ITF). This session includes a presentation by project management staff and a walking tour of the ILSB construction site located in the Jewelry District.

Paul Dietel, Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction (PD&C)

Jess Galatro, Program Manager - STEM

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

Location: 300 Richmond Street, ILSB Project Team Conference Room

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

Recovery & Recovery Allies at Brown

Come to this session to hear about the ways in which Brown University supports students (at all levels), faculty and staff in addiction recovery efforts. In addition to Brown-specific supports, the session will also cover exciting developments in Rhode Island's substance use efforts, including the overdose prevention center opening in Providence in the summer of 2024, as well as ways to help eliminate stigma across campus through partnership and allyship.

Lindsay Garcia, Associate Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies & Recovery and Substance-Free Student Initiatives

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 003

Say Cheese! Professional Headshots With Local Photographer

Need an updated headshot? Take a moment to get some professional photos taken by photographer Peter Goldberg.

Peter Goldberg, Freelance Photographer

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

Location: Sayles Auditorium

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

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Spring Health: Your Employee Assistance Program

Counseling, coaching, and support services are administered by Spring Health, Brown's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Learn how to take advantage of the counseling offer, which includes 10 therapy sessions per year for you and every member of your family, at no cost to you. Or, learn how to connect with a professional coach to help you set and achieve tangible goals, build new skills and develop healthier habits. Whether you want help managing stress or an accountability partner as you work toward your goal of completing that 5k, this great overview will help you get started utilizing your Spring Health benefits.

Carley Turner, Senior Product Specialist, Spring Health

Olivia Harris

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

Location: Zoom

Storytelling 101

Learn why storytelling matters, how you can sharpen your storytelling skills and how to use storytelling both personally and professionally. Instructor Katie Liesener is a professional storyteller who has performed in over 100 live shows, on radio, and on television.

Katie Liesener, Communications Manager, BioMed Communications

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

Location: Friedman Hall (on the Main Green), Room 101

The History of South Street Landing: Renovation & Revitalization of the Jewelry District

Learn about Brown's expansion in the Jewelry District, the incredible transformation of the Narragansett Electric Building, and how both have catalyzed economic development and growth in the Jewelry District.

John Luipold, Vice President for Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services and Real Estate

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

Location: South Street Landing, 350 Eddy Street, 4th Floor, Multipurpose Room

Time Traveler's Delight: Step Inside the Past at Gardner House!

Embark on an unforgettable journey through history at the exquisite historical guest house of Brown University's president, where every corner tells a story of bygone eras. Join Director of the President’s House for Event Planning and Operations Dionne Gomez for a captivating tour filled with antique furniture, priceless paintings and rich tales of the past.

Dionne Gomez, Director of the President’s House for Event Planning and Operations

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

Location: Gardner House, 106 George Street, Providence, RI 02912

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.

Nic Mol, Grounds Superintendent

Nick Orn, Grounds Superintendent

Kelly Burke, Assistant Grounds Superintendent

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

Location: Van Wickle Gates

Tour of Barus and Holley Rooftop Observatory - Canceled

Tour the Public Art Collection

University Curator Nicole Wholean will take participants on a 45-minute tour of Brown's public art collection.

Nicole Wholean, Registrar and Curator of Campus Collections, Bell Gallery

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

Location: Bronze Bruno, Main Green

Tour of Sharpe Refectory

Did you know that the Sharpe Refectory serves 3,000 to 5,000 meals daily during the academic year? Participate in a rare, behind-the-scenes look into one of the largest kitchens in Rhode Island. Join Assistant Director of Culinary Operations, David Chabot, and Executive Chef, Keith Halliday, 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.

Kevin Hardy, Executive Sous Chef of Residential Dining

Dave Chabot, Assistant Director of Culinary Operations, Dining Services

Keith Halliday, Executive Chef

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

Location: Sharpe Refectory Upper Level, 144 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02906

Put Your Paws to a Cause

In this workshop, participants will learn about hands-only CPR. This procedure, also known as compression-only CPR, is a quick way to take action if someone is experiencing a cardiac emergency. The session will also cover information about automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, including what they are, what they do and why they are important.

Brooke Jewett, Community Emergency Response Coordinator, Emergency Medical Services

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

Location: Health and Wellness Multipurpose Room, 450 Brook Street

Volunteer at the Providence Animal Rescue League

Help your local animal shelter take care of their dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs by volunteering to assist with 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; assist with general housekeeping; make enrichment toys and lots more!

Alison Buckser, Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Advancement

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

Location: Providence Animal Rescue League, 34 Elbow St, Providence, RI 02903

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)

Yours? Mine? Ours?: Records Management at Brown

In this session, the University archivist and the University records manager will talk 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)

Location: Zoom

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