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Community Fellows Events & Resources 2017-2018

Family-Friendly Initiatives

Grad Family Play Date | Lippitt Park
The Grad Family Play Date in Lippitt Park welcomed graduate student parents and their families to gather at Lippitt Park for a picnic. Grad Parents and their kids connect over various lawn games and snacks provided. The 2018 picnic also hosted a traveling tide pool exhibit by the BIOMES Marine Biology Center (North Kingston, RI).

Grad and Postdoc Parent lunch conversations | Sarah Doyle Women’s Center
Grad and Postdoc parent lunch conversations hosted at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center welcomed both graduate student and postdoc parent scholars to have lunch and information conversation on topics that impact parent scholars. The 2017-2018 fellows organized the following topics and invited guest speakers: “Caring for your kids: Pediatric Nutrition” with Tracy Bergeron, Nutritionist, BWell Health Promotion, Brown University; “Time Management and Self-Care for Parent-Scholars”; and “Going on the Job Market with a Family or Expecting.” Graduate and Postdoc parent conversations were co-sponsored by the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center.

Grad and PostDoc Family Day at the Providence Children’s Museum
Graduate student and postdoc parents and their children started the day off with light breakfast, juice and coffee in a reserved room at the Museum. After breakfast, families spent the day at the Museum.

Grad Family Toy & Clothing Exchange | Graduate Student Lounge (Charlesfield Street & Thayer Street)
Hosted in the Graduate Student Lounge, the toy & clothing exchange enabled grad parents to connect and exchange gently used toys and children’s clothing with other grad parents. The event included storytime for children, light refreshments, and story books for the first 20 families who attend.

Resources
Brown Grad and Post-doc Parents Facebook group

International Community Initiatives

Global Voices
Organized in collaboration with the International Student Experience Center, Global Voices was a live talk event, which provided international graduate students the space and the stage to share their stories, their journey to the United States and to Brown, their perspectives and experiences as international students. These events were small, informal and intimate, with 4-5 graduate students speaking to small audiences of the faculty, staff and other graduate and undergraduate students. Offered each semester during 2017- 18 academic year, graduate student speakers shared such stories as personal initiatives to provide textbooks to their home country, their experiences teaching in U.S. classroom, experiences in a bicultural family, finding the courage to “speak up” in academic spaces, and the desire to share one’s culture with others at Brown. Community Fellows managed various aspects of the event including speaker recruitment, rehearsal, creation of program, and speaker introductions at the event.

Cultural Café Series
Cultural Café events were a series of one and half hour gatherings that welcome international graduate students to connect over international snacks and cuisine, games, and conversation. Events were held in the Global Brown Lounge (J. Walter Wilson 310), where games and a kitchenette are available for use. In 2017-18, four Cultural Cafe events featured different cuisine from local and regional ethnic cuisine vendors. These events were hosted in collaboration with the International Student Experience Center.

Wellness & Health Community Initiatives

Grad De-Stress Yoga Sessions
These free yoga session offered graduate students the space and time to practice calm and mindfulness during active yoga practice and in daily life. Sessions were followed by snacks and refreshments and time to mingle with fellow graduate students. During the 2017-18 academic year, two free yoga sessions were held at the end of each semester and led by a certified instructor.

Meditation & Breath Workshop
This free workshop, led by a certified instructor, welcomed graduate students to learn and practice meditation techniques.

Graduate Student Cooking Class
Led by Chef Paup of Bon Appetit and organized with Brown Catering and Dining Services and Director of Dining Services at Sharpe Refectory (George Barbosa), this class offered graduate students the chance to learn basic cooking technique and easy to make recipe. This hands-on class was limited to 12 students- each student receives ingredients for the dish of the day, cooking set-up, and group instruction. Graduate Community Fellows manage outreach and coordination of student participants as well as engage peers during the class. The class is held in the Sharpe Refectory Bake Shop.

Group Finals Week Run
This run invited graduate students to stretch their legs and release stress and anxiety built up during finals week. Led by Community fellows, the group run was 3.5 miles in length, starting and ending at the Nelson Fitness Center. Runners were rewarded with post-run water and snacks, compliments of the Community Fellows Program.

Surveys:  Health and Wellness Programming Survey

Master’s Community

Master's Community Paint Social at Muse Paint Bar
This community social is open to Master’s students of all academic divisions at Brown University, and offered at the end of the year, as a means to help students de-stress. Arranged with Muse Paint Bar, Brown Master’s students get group instruction from an instructor at Muse Paint Bar. In 2017-18, this event was free to Brown Master’s students and supported by the Graduate Community Fellows Program.

Master's Community: 1st Year Reflections
This workshop is geared for 1st year Master’s students. This workshop guides students through discussions of their first year and offers sharing of resources and strategies on finding good faculty advisors for academic research and career and goal setting for the next year.

Race & Social Justice

Graduate Students of Color Writing Intensive Workshop
In partnership with the Brown Center for Students of Color
Rooted in the understanding that racialized, gender and other identities influence graduate student writing experiences, the workshop provided graduate students at all stages of study the opportunity to learn and develop healthy writing strategies, habits, and skills employed in academic and professional tracks.