Staff Spotlight: maisune Abu-Elhaija

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

I just joined Brown University in August 2021 as Area Coordinator of Program and Theme House Communities in the Office of Residential Life.

What professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

The professional accomplishment I take most pride in is the success of my former students. When they take the time to remain in touch with me and share how they grow, learn, and achieve, I feel like my service to the student affairs profession comes to fruition. My students' feedback on how I can invest in supporting them is more important to me than any other "accomplishment" of my career.

What work projects most excite you?

Work projects involving collaboration and innovation excite me the most. My career goals center around bridging the gap between academic affairs and student affairs, and connecting the American college experience with that of the globe.

Can you recommend a book that is important to you?

Any poetry book by Mahmoud Darwish is extremely important to me. If you are seeking to understand the experiences of SWANA and/or Palestinian people, you can learn more about us through our artwork and poetry than anything depicted in the news.

Name something about you most people don't know.

Something most people don't know about me is if I don't take a few hours to be alone everyday, I will lose my sanity. I am a people-person who thrives off of social interaction but I have to decompress for a few hours daily or I won't be able to make it through life.

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

I don't have a dream job. My dream is to nap for countless hours, cook without being on a budget, and play with my kitty Nyla.