The Brown Department of Education congratulates Urban Education Policy master's candidates Jade Eckels (left) and Sydney Menzin, who join one master's student and seven doctorate students in being selected for the 2019 Brown Executive Scholars Training (BEST) program.
Before entering Brown UEP, Jade earned her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University, double majoring in English and African-American Studies while double minoring in History and Gender Studies. Since entering Brown UEP Jade has conducted research at Providence Public Schools, consulted for the EduLeaders of Color RI, and is conducting her UEP internship in curriculum development and evaluation at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Sydney graduated from Brown in 2017 with a double concentration in History and Education Studies before teaching in Madrid, Spain on a Fulbright scholarship. During her Brown UEP internship at the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy in Boston, Sydney has just published the center's annual Condition of Education report that examines broader patterns in Massachusetts’ public schools and recommends areas for action that are well supported by research and data.
As BEST scholars, Jade and Sydney will benefit from mentorships, professional development experiences, and talks that provide a comprehensive overview of careers in higher education administration.