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Besenia Rodriguez

Deputy Dean of the College for Curriculum and Co-Curriculum

As Deputy Dean of the College for Curriculum and Co-Curriculum, Besenia Rodriguez oversees College policies and programs related to the advancement of the College’s pedagogical and curricular objectives as well as many of the experiential learning opportunities - including research and fellowships, that are integral to student learning, personal growth, and professional development. The Deputy Dean serves as the primary liaison to faculty and staff in academic departments on curricular issues and, as a member of the College Curriculum Council, manages the review of new and existing courses and undergraduate academic programs, including all concentrations and certificates, as well as signature aspects of Brown's Open Curriculum, such as independent concentrations and independent studies.

Like all academic deans, Dean Rodriguez advises and mentors undergraduates as they learn to construct paths through the Open Curriculum, develop mentoring relationships, and pursue meaningful experiences in and out of the classroom that allow them to deepen their learning and discover their callings and commitments. Driven by a pedagogy that strives towards anti-racist, relational, and humanist practice, Dean Rodriguez's most fulfilling mentoring relationships are those that allow her to partner with students experiencing academic and other difficulties as they work to thrive, be whole, and be well. 

Dean Rodriguez earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Africana Studies and Education from Brown University and a Doctor of Philosophy in African American and American Studies from Yale University. Her scholarship on 20th century anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements and comparative racial formations across the Americas has been published in Radical History Review, Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Culture, Politics and Society, and the anthology Transnational Blackness: Navigating the Global Color Line. 

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(401) 863-3488