96 new graduate students have begun their public health journey at Brown University! The School of Public Health welcomed them with orientation activities designed to help them find their bearings—in the School, and in their new home state. Students were welcomed by Dean Fox Wetle, who explained the School’s three-pronged mission of Education, Research, and Service. She encouraged students to take advantage of all the resources available to them and to seek out opportunities for community service. “Doing work, on the ground, with people in need,” she said, “will teach you so much.”
Incoming students also met with faculty, staff, and current students, and were introduced to representatives from many of Brown’s support agencies. And then they took to the water! A ferry ride to Newport was a great chance for students to get to know each other while venturing outside of Providence and enjoying Rhode Island’s beautiful scenery.
The day after classes began, the entire Public Health community gathered for our annual WelcomeReception. Eleven new faculty members were introduced by the dean, who launched the new academic year acknowledging the new leadership of Professor Joseph Hogan in the Department of Biostatistics, as well as our new Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Caroline Kuo.
Professor Don Operario, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, in his introductory remarks to students, explained that everywhere we look we see the need for public health. Whether it’s the events in Charlottesville, unprecedented hurricane activity, refugee crises, or the ongoing healthcare debate in Washington, motivation isn’t hard to find. “Each of us is here for different reasons,” he said. “But we’re all here motivated and unified by the belief that public health is important, for ourselves, for our communities, for our nation, and for the world.”