To: Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the BCSC
From: Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life
Subject: BCSC Director Search
Date: Saturday, February 1st, 2020
Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the BCSC:
We are writing to share with you that we are beginning a new search for the next Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color (BCSC). The BCSC is an important resource for the community, especially students at Brown and beyond campus, and thus we feel it is important to inform various constituencies of the start of this search. We are pleased to share this news and look forward to working with you throughout the semester during this process.
We want to confirm that this is a national search. We will work hard in the early stages to build a strong and diverse pool of candidates, and are pleased to announce that Koya Leadership Partners will assist with the recruitment of the BCSC Director. Koya Leadership Partners is a leading executive search firm that partners exclusively with mission-driven clients, institutions of higher education, and social enterprises. For more information on Koya, please visit their website, https://koyapartners.
Students will hold the majority constituency of the eight-member committee, with a compositional makeup of three undergraduate students and one graduate level student. The remaining four non-student members of the committee will consist of three staff and one faculty member, with at least one member who is also a Brown alumnus.
We will be asking several established groups to help by nominating undergraduate students for possible service on the committee - the Brown Center for Students of Color, Undergraduate Council of Students (UCS), and leaders of appropriate student organizations. Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Graduate School will help us by nominating graduate students. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be able to self-nominate as well as be nominated through an open call to campus in [email protected].
Training for Search Committee
The first meeting of the search committee will include a workshop on best practices for search processes led by University Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity. Additionally, Koya Leadership Partners will be present to introduce themselves to the committee.
Members of the search committee will hold open listening sessions with different constituencies who are invested in the search, in an effort to hear their hopes for future of the Center. This process, coupled with the feedback and input gathered, will help us in a variety of important ways. It will help us: craft a final job description that represents the communities’ desires and goals for the position; further develop a transparent process, especially the on-campus interview stage that empowers community participation; educate the search committee about the hopes of the community for the search; and provide meaningful information that can help the chosen candidate better understand the priorities of the community as they transition to Brown. In an effort to post the job description by mid-February, listening sessions will be conducted during these next two weeks of February for the BCSC professional staff, BCSC student staff, students at large (by UCS and GSC), members of student organizations, Campus Life staff (particularly staff who work in centers), campus partners including faculty, and alumni. A schedule for these open sessions will be released soon. If you have thoughts or suggestions about the listening sessions please contact us.
We anticipate that on-campus interviews will take place in April. These interviews are an opportunity for the community to learn more about candidates, as well as for candidates to learn more about us. Students are an incredibly vital part of this process, and there will be multiple opportunities for students to interact with each candidate.
We will be launching a website – our one-stop location – where information and updates on the search will be posted regularly. We will also have an email address where members of the community can send questions and offer input. For example, if you do not have time to attend a listening session, you can still submit your questions and thoughts about the search via email. Contact information for staff members inside Campus Life as well as other campus partners will also be available, should community members have any questions and or concerns regarding the search. Some of those external resources will include University Human Resources, Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity, and the Ombudsperson.
We are committed to a transparent search process that is as accessible as possible to the entire community, and most importantly to our students. This is the first of a number of updates. The next update will include the launch of the website where future updates will be posted. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].