Winter Break Providence

During Winter Break Providence, more than 20 Brown students share in a weeklong intensive living learning program which explores local issues such as homelessness, urban education, equitable health care, economic justice, incarceration and environmental justice. During the week, students meet with policy makers, service providers, politicians, activists, and community members to better understand both the context for these issues and the skills and commitment required to create meaningful social change. After their weeklong intensive students continue to engage in follow up seminars and a community engagement commitment through the Swearer Center Community Corps.


Winter Break Providence is a 0.5 credit course that consists of three components:

  • A week long intensive, experiential learning program from January 13th-21st, 2019.

  • A series of 4 seminars running though March 22, 2019 as well as a final culminating seminar and culminating presentation at the end of the semester.

  • A spring semester experiential learning commitment through the Swearer Center Community Corps.


We are looking for students with a wide range of experience. Any current Brown student committed to learning more about Providence is welcome to apply.

The weeklong intensive for WBP 2019 runs from January 13-21, 2019, with a Sunday afternoon arrival and Monday evening closing.   Students are housed in their residence hall and meals are are included, most prepared by the group, until meal plans resume.

Cost for the week is $100, and some financial aid is available. Applications are need-blind and no student will be denied participation because of financial need. If accepted, students will be asked to pay a non-refundable $50 deposit unless otherwise specified.


Students must apply to participate and are encouraged to put careful thought into their applications, which are read anonymously. In the application, students rank investigative topics in order of interest and are typically placed with their first or second choice.

Applications and information can be found at BrownEngage.


Steve Pokorny, Swearer Center Program Manager,