As part of our Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan, the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity will continue its weekly D&I professional development series with a new line-up of sessions beginning on October 16th through November 6th, 2019. Participants will learn concepts, skills and effective approaches to engaging thoughtfully in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic community.

Registration is required for each session and seating is limited so please register early. Sessions will be announced on Today @Brown and registration will open immediately following the announcement. Each week, a lunch menu will be specially designed and curated by a member of our dining staff. Each menu will reflect the cultural backgrounds and culinary talents of our dining staff colleagues.


Dates:             Every Wednesday from October 16th to November 6th, 2019

Time:              Noon to 1:00 pm

Where:          Chancellors Dining Room in the Sharpe Refectory (The Ratty)

Contact:        Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity 401-863-2216, [email protected]






October 16, 2019

Expanding Worldviews: Administrative Fellows’ Experiential Learning in Brazil

The Administrative Fellows Program is a professional development initiative coordinated by OIED designed to advance leadership skills and build on the strong commitment to diversity and inclusion among staff members from across Brown’s departments. In August 2019, staff members from the second cohort returned from an experiential opportunity in Brazil with new insights on the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade, LGBTQ rights, and current socio-political matters impacting those at the margins of Brazilian society.  Members of the cohort will engage in a panel discussion focused on the learning and unlearning that took place during the trip along with their thoughts about the experience.


Registration closed.

Moderator: Shay Collins, Director Institutional Equity & Community Engagement in OIED & Director of the Administrative Fellows Program

Panelists: Melanie Neves, Linda Angela, Mary Oliver, Natalia Ignatyeva




October 23, 2019

Building Awareness of On-Campus Mental Health Resources for Students

In this session, Jorge Vargas, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker from Brown's Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) will lead us in exercises concerning on-campus mental health resources for students. The goals of this session are to introduce participants to CAPS resources, prepare participants to assist students in seeking and navigating support services on campus, and enable participants to make referrals to CAPS. Participants will learn about "help-seeking" as a practice and skill, referral options/pathways to CAPS, and tips for working with students who have not previously engaged in seeking mental health services.


Registration closed.

Jorge Vargas, Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker from Brown's Counseling & Psychological Services

October 30, 2019

“Yo Me Quedo Contigo”: The Human Toll of US Immigration Policies

This presentation will address the psychosocial impact of US immigration policies on immigrant youth and families. Using one Latinx immigrant family’s experiences as a case example, the presentation will: 1) trace the evolution of increasingly restrictive immigration policies in the US, from 1980s through the Trump Administration; 2) highlight emerging research that documents the ways in which these policies have impacted the lived experiences of immigrants; 3) explain how trauma and exposure to chronic stress associated with immigration status affects children’s development; and 4) highlight ways in which immigrants and allies are mobilizing nationally and locally to support immigrant communities and advocate for humane policies that are in the best interest of children and families.


Registration closed.

Kalina Brabeck, PhD, Professor in Mental Health Counseling, Rhode Island College, and Staff Psychologist with Lifespan Physician Group/ Rhode Island Hospital:

November 6, 2019

Veterans at Brown: Creating an Inclusive Experience

In this session, Kimberly Millette, Program Director for the Office of Military-Affiliated Students, will address the military-civilian divide, the many strengths and possible barriers veterans face at Brown, and will discuss how to foster a veteran-friendly campus environment. Participants will be able to engage in discussion about best practices to promote inclusion for our veteran community, and hear directly from three undergraduate student veterans that will discuss their experiences at Brown.

Registration closed.

Kimberly Millette, Program Director for the Office of Military-Affiliated Students, Student Activities Office

Upcoming dates & themes will be announced soon!