BCSC Director Search

We are beginning the 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 look forward to working with you throughout the semester during this process.

Welcome to the search website – our one-stop location – where information and updates on the search will be posted regularly.  We are committed to a transparent search process that is as accessible as possible to the entire community, and most importantly to our students. 

    June 19, 2020 : The Search Committee met through the spring semester and has continued to meet this summer with the goal of developing an initial draft of a job description for the BCSC Director based on the listening sessions this spring and developing a plan moving forward for the search and hiring process given the evolving significant impact of the pandemic. View full update here.

    March 6, 2020: We have two important updates on the progress of the search for the next Director of the Brown Center for Students of Color - one regarding the significant and meaningful feedback gathered from the listening sessions, and the other on the search timeline. View full update here.

    February 13, 2020: 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. View full update here.

    February 4, 2020: We are asking several established groups to help by nominating undergraduate and graduate students for possible service on the committee. Both undergraduate and graduate students will be able to self-nominate. If you would like to nominate someone or self-nominate please fill out a short questionnaire. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, February 10th at 11:59PM. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

    February 1, 2020: 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. View full update here. 

     

    • Sara Alavi '21, Undergraduate Student
    • Wassa Bagayoko '21, Undergraduate Student
    • Vernicia Elie, Associate Dean for Financial Advising
    • Eric Estes, Vice President 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), Alumnae
    • Felicia Salinas-Moniz, Ph.D. '13, Senior Assistant Director, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender
    • Ciara Sing '22, Undergraduate Student

    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. Miecha Ranea (Bryant) Forbes, Class of 1999, will serve as one of the lead Koya consultants working with this search, and all interested students will have an opportunity to meet with the search firm in early February. 

    We maintain steadfast in our commitment that students will be half the committee, will be the majority constituency on the committee, and that undergraduates will be the majority of the student representation with at least one member of the committee being an 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. If you would like to nominate someone or self-nominate please fill out a short questionnaire. Nominations will be accepted until Monday, February 10th at 11:59PM. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

    Before the review of candidates, the training 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 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) Sign up here
    • Thursday, 2/20 from 12-1 pm (Faunce 225): Campus Life Staff and Campus Partners Sign up here
    • Thursday, 2/20 from 6-7 pm (Friedman 208): Students at large (by UCS and GSC) Sign up here
    • 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 Sign up here
    • Tuesday, 2/25 from 12-1 pm (BCSC Formal Lounge): MPCs (lunch provided)
    • Tuesday, 2/25 from 7:30-8:30 pm: Alumni​ (contact [email protected] for more information)

    We publicized the listening sessions widely. This included the BCSC newsletter, BCSC student staff, leaders of relevant student organizations, administrative and faculty partners, UCS, GSC, and to all students, faculty, and staff through [email protected]

    On-campus 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.

    • Members of the community can send questions and offer input to the co-chairs via email at [email protected]. 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.
    • Katherine Tameo, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Director of Finance and Administration at [email protected]

    If you have questions or concerns about the search process you can contact the following resources outside and independent of the division. 

    • For general policy and process question or concerns:  University Human Resources at [email protected].
    • For questions related to protected categories: Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) at [email protected].
    • For confidential questions or concerns by staff or faculty: Ruth Kohorn Rosenberg, Ombudsperson, at [email protected]brown.edu