Staff Spotlight: Andrew Heald

Describe briefly what you do and how long have you been at Brown.

I am the Program Director for the Global Brown Center for International Students. I have only been here for just over a month, but I have learned so much in my short time! In this role, I maintain the programmatic and logistical functions of the Global Brown Center, while also representing the needs of international students on committees within Global Brown and Campus Life, seeking new intersectional ways to do so. Nothing would be possible without the fabulous work of the student staff that I supervise, as well as the Program Coordinator for the GBC, Soyoon. Together, we deliver intersectional community, cultural, and mentorship oriented programs that serve the needs of our international student body. 

- What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

If you ask me that in a year, I will hopefully have an answer that’s related to my first year at Brown and the great many things I was able to accomplish! As of now, an accomplishment that I am proud of is working with students in my previous institution to create an exhibition that centered the international student voice and work as a precursor to International Education Week.

- Name something about you most people don't know.

I know American Sign Language fluently! When I was doing my undergraduate degree, I originally intended to be a sign language interpreter. I studied linguistics and anthropology and discovered a passion for the intersection between accessibility rights and language. While I shifted career paths pretty quickly after university, I still hold ASL near and dear to my heart. 

- If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?

I would be a writer. I love stories.