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Immigration Orders: Brown Resources and Updates

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) has compiled information related to the Executive Orders of January 27 and March 6  impacting immigration and refugee travel on this website, which includes resources and updates. To access the website, go to The link to the website can also be found on the OGE web page. Please contact Global Brown Community & Support (GBCS) at or (401) 863-1300 with any questions. 

GSC Calls for Commencement Speakers

The Graduate Student Council invites students who intend to complete their programs in May 2017 to apply to be the Commencement Speaker at the doctoral or master's ceremonies, both to be held on May 28.  Interested students can apply up until midnight on Tuesday, February 28th. For more information, see the application.  

Sickle Cell Trait May Confound Blood Sugar Readings Among African-Americans

A new study in JAMA, by lead author Mary Lacy, a doctoral candidate in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, provides evidence that hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a common blood biomarker used to measure blood sugar over time, may not perform as accurately among African-Americans with sickle cell trait and could be leading to a systemic underestimation of blood sugar control among that population.

Feb. 13 Event: Immigration Order & Graduate Studies

The Graduate School hosts a February 13 discussion addressing graduate students' concerns and questions following the executive order on immigration and legal challenges, which begins at 5:30 pm. Faculty and administrators will speak about the impact on research plans, how to navigate academic requirements, and review funding commitments and University resources. Panelists include: Thomas A.

Brown Expresses Commitment to Values, Highlights Resources in Wake of Immigration Order

Brown University President Christina Paxson and Provost Richard M. Locke published an open letter to the Brown community via the Brown Daily Herald student newspaper Sunday, Jan. 29. In it, they stated: "During this moment of great political uncertainty in our country, including the recent signing of various executive orders and possible policy changes ahead affecting education and research, we must be vigilant and deliberate in upholding our core values as a university." In a separate community letter, Provost Locke described steps Brown is taking in the wake of the recent executive order on immigration and highlighted resources available to community members. Dean Andrew G. Campbell, in a letter to students, states the Graduate School's commitment to admitting the strongest applicants without regard to citizenship.  A subsequent letter reaffirms Brown's commitment to doctoral funding. Get more information at a dedicated website.

5th Year Master's Fair on Feb. 1

The Graduate School is hosting a 5th Year Master's Fair on Wednesday, February 1 from 3-5 p.m. in the Sayles Hall Auditorium. Brown juniors and seniors are encouraged to come explore their options for a master's degree on College Hill. Seniors may apply up until Commencement. Program representatives and the Graduate School will be available to answer questions. See the list of programs offering a 5th year degree. 

Thesis Provides Health Assessment of RI Immigrant Group

Church and community:

To inform and enhance her efforts to connect fellow African immigrants in Rhode Island with medical care, Akosua Boadiwaa Adu-Boahene '16 MPH dedicated her master’s thesis work at Brown to understanding the community’s health needs.

Ethics Dinner-Seminar Addresses Climate Change

The second Academy in Context event of 2016-17 features Prof. John Mustard and Deborah Gordon in a February 15 dinner-seminar entitled, “Climate Change: Perspectives on Challenges in Two Key Sectors.” Mustard will focus on how agricultural systems will adapt to changing climate to serve a growing population's demands for food and fuel. Gordon will speak about the complexities and challenges affecting climate change due to the significant diversity in global oils’ greenhouse gas emissions. These two sectors—agriculture and oil—underscore the need for honesty and transparency, even when existing rules are not requiring it, the speakers say.