BCSC Director Search Update #2

To:        Students, Friends, and Colleagues of the BCSC​
From:    Eric Estes, Vice President for Campus Life & Nancy Khalek, Associate Professor of Religious Studies
Subject:   BCSC Director Search Update #2
Date:       Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Dear Students, Friends, and Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the full search committee for the BCSC Director search.  We want to thank all those who helped nominate students and students who self-nominated through a range of access points. Because we received a significant number of strong nominations, our desire to be as representative as possible on a search committee with limited membership, and recently expressed desire for there to be alumni on the committee, we have decided to expand the committee slightly from 8 to 10 members.  This enabled us to include three alumni with connections to the BCSC (two more recent graduates - one staff from the class of ’12, one student - now graduate student - from the class of ’19, and a staff member who was a graduate student here earning her Ph.D.).

With this slight expansion, we have maintained steadfast in our commitment that students will be half the committee (5 students, 5 staff and faculty), be the majority constituency on the committee (5 students, 4 staff, and 1 faculty member), and that undergraduates will be the majority of the student representation (3 undergraduate and 2 graduate students).

The following information has also been posted on our newly released one-stop search website, found at brown.edu/go/bcsc-director-search. We are excited to share this news and look forward to continued engagement with you throughout this process.

Members of the Search Committee

The membership of the search committee consists of 4 staff, 1 faculty, 5 students with two staff members and one student also Brown alums. Loc Truong, Chief of Staff, will staff the committee and provide support and guidance. The committee is as follows:

  • Akash Altman '20, Undergraduate Student
  • Wassa Bagayoko '21, Undergraduate Student 
  • Vernicia Elie, Associate Dean for Financial Advising
  • Eric Estes, VP for Campus Life & Student Services (Co-Chair)
  • Nancy Khalek, Associate Professor of Religious Studies (Co-Chair)
  • Bahati Nkera, Ph.D. Neuroscience, Graduate Student
  • Uchechukwu Onwunaka '19, MPA, Graduate Student
  • Julio Reyes '12, Program Director for Undocumented, First-Generation College, and Low-Income Student Center (U-FLi Center)
  • Felicia Salinas-Moniz, Ph.D. '13, Senior Assistant Director, Sarah Doyle Center for Women & Gender
  • Ciara Sing '22, Undergraduate Student

Listening Sessions

Members of the search committee will hold open listening sessions with different constituencies who are invested in the search to hear their hopes for the search. This process and the feedback and input gathered will help us in a number of important ways.

  • Craft a final job description that represents the communities hopes for the position and its work;
  • 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 as they begin their work;
  • Provide meaningful information that can help the chosen candidate better understand the hopes of the community as they transition to Brown. 

At least one student and one non-student member of the search committee will be present at each listening session. Notes from the listening sessions will be shared with the entire committee. The schedule of listening sessions are as follows:

  • Monday, 2/17 at 11 am: BCSC Professional Staff
  • Tuesday, 2/18 at 10 am: Campus life Center Directors
  • Wednesday, 2/19 from 6-7 pm (Salomon 203): Members of applicable student organizations (Cultural, Ethnic, Religious groups)
  • Thursday, 2/20 from 12-1 pm (Faunce 225): Campus Life Staff and Campus Partners
  • Thursday, 2/20 from 6-7 pm (Friedman 208): Students at large (by UCS and GSC)
  • Friday, 2/21 from 11:30-12:30 (Horace Mann): Graduate Student Diversity Advisory Board
  • Friday, 2/21 from 2-3 pm (BCSC Formal Lounge): BCSC Student Staff
  • TBD: Alumni

We are committed to a transparent search process that is as accessible as possible to the entire community, especially students. This is the second of a number of updates. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]edu.