Winter Break Providence

During Winter Break Providence, more than 20 Brown students share in a week-long 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 week-long 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 during January.
  • A series of 4 seminars 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.

Winter Break Providence is a week-long intensive with a Sunday afternoon arrival and Monday evening closing. Students are housed in their residence hall and meals are included, most prepared by the group, until meal plans resume.

The 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.

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


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.

We are currently not accepting applications to Winter Break Providence. Please check back for updates on the next application cycle.


Steve Pokorny, Program Manager, Student Development: [email protected].​