Winter Break Providence

During Winter Break Providence, 40 Brown students live together for a week over winter break to explore and engage with 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.


As a participant in WBP, students join a small investigative team that focuses on a particular issue, led by fellow student(s) with extensive experience and passion for the issue. In the evening, all 40 participants come together for dinner, group learning and evening guest speakers.


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. WBP 2018 dates are January 13-20, with a Saturday evening arrival and Saturday morning departure back to dorms.

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 application, which is read anonymously. In the application, students rank investigative topics in order of interest and are typically placed with their first or second choice.

There will be several Information Sessions for students to learn more about the program and meet staff and student leaders. Check the Swearer Center’s Facebook page for up to date information about these events. 


Katie Barry, WBP Site Leader,
Kevin Do, WBP Site Leader,