Staff

Student Activities Office Staff (in alphabetical order)

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SAO Advisors & Groups

STAFF (alphabetical) Email TITLE GROUPS ADVISED / ROLE
STEFANIE ARGUS [email protected] Program Manager BOLT & Leadership Development Programs
ANA BARRAZA [email protected] Assistant Director, Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center & SAO Academic, & Professional, Grad, RUE, DUGs, Class Boards, Campus Center Programming, Yearbook (Liber Brunensis), Stephen Robert ‘62 Campus Center management, Recreation/Appreciation, Lecture Board
MATT BRANCH [email protected] Associate Director Brown Concert Agency, Ivy Film Festival, Political
MEGAN FOX [email protected] Assistant Director, Greek Life & Leadership Development Greek Organizations, Brown Student Agencies (BSA), Leadership, SAO Administrative Functions (BearLink, Website, etc.)
JOIE STEELE [email protected] Senior Associate Dean & Director of Student Activities Undergraduate Council of Students, Undergraduate Finance Board
TBD   Assistant Director for Performing & Visual Arts A Cappella, Comedy, Performing Arts Safety, Advise Dance, Music & Theatre Safety, Arts, Dance, Media, Music, News & Publication, Theatre, Radio/Fi,m(Matt Branch - interim) 
TBD   Assistant Director for Student Activities Cultural, Gender/Sexuality, Religious & Spiritual Life, Social Action (Matt Branch - interim); Service (Megan Fox - interim)


Stefanie Argus (She, Her, Hers)
Program Manager, Leadership Development & BOLT

Stefanie joined Brown University in September 2021. She previously served in leadership roles with several non-profit organizations, and is an active volunteer with both Girl Scouts USA and the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts. Stefanie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Education from Mount Holyoke College and her Master of Arts in Adventure Education from Prescott College. In addition to her work with Brown, Stefanie is a current doctoral student in the University of Rhode Island/Rhode Island College's joint PhD in Education program, focusing on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion topics. She is passionate about hiking, Zumba instructing, and her two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Contact: [email protected]


Ana Barraza (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Director of Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center & Student Activities

Ana Barraza

Ana Barraza is on her 2nd tour of Brown University, having worked in the Brown Pre-College program in 2010 prior to moving to Texas where she was the Director of the Center for Student Development at Texas Woman's University. She has 15 plus years experience in Higher Education, previously having worked at the University of Connecticut, University of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University, Stonehill College and Semester at Sea. She earned her Bachelor degree in English Literature with a concentration in African/African-American literature from the University of Rhode Island and her Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. Ana worked for 10 years in mental health and substance abuse then ultimately transitioned to corporate america, prior to landing in Higher Education work. Ana's work in higher education has been primarily focused in access to education for underrepresented populations and mentoring women of color, she has taught in the Minor for Leadership Studies at the University of Rhode Island and for the past couple of years served as a tutor and mentor to incoming first year students accepted through the Talent Development program at URI. At Brown, Ana advises the four Class Coordinating Boards, the programming arm of student government and the Brown Student Agencies which engages in entrepreneurial ventures. Ana also oversees the campus center facilities and supervises the Campus Center Evening Managers; students that staff the facility in the evening and the Campus Center Programmers, students that develop and carry out programming geared for students in the Campus Center. She also supervises the Evening Event Managers (EEMs), professional staff that work off hours and weekends to staff student events. Though born in Guatemala, Ana considers herself a native Rhode Islander, having lived and grown up in the west end of Providence since she was 3. She enjoys spending time with her teenage nieces and traveling. Ana is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Theta Psi Omega Chapter and is involved in many civic and community programs in the greater Providence area.

Contact: [email protected] 


Matthew Branch (He, Him, His)
Associate Director for Student Activities

Matthew Branch

Matt Branch joined the Student Activities Team in October 2015. As Assistant Director for Student Activities and Special Initatives Matt manages implementation of the SAO Diversity and Inlcusion Action Plan (DIAP), the Underground Thursdays monthly performing series, and the Orientation Welcoming Committee, a group of student leaders who plan and manage over a dozen events for Orientation. Additionally, he advises A Better World by Design,  Brown Concert Agencies, Brown Debating Union,  Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, , Cultural and Ethnic, Gender & Sexuality, Ivy Film Festival, Model UN, Mock Trial, Political, Religious and Social Action groups here on campus. Prior to coming to Brown, Matt worked in Museum Education and Public Programming, holding positions at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum for African Art, and the Brooklyn.

In addition to working full-time in the Student Activities Office, Matt is currently a student in the Public Humanities Master's Degree program here at Brown and competes with the Brown Ballroom Dance Team. Matt enjoys attending student group events here at Brown and going home to visit family and friends in New York City.

Contact: [email protected] 


Diane Chouinard (She, Her, Hers)
Financial Manager

Diane Chouinard has worked at Brown University for over 33 years in various financial roles. She joined the Student Activities Office in August 2000 as the Coordinator for Business Services and later promoted to Financial Manager. Diane oversees the financial activity for over 400 student organizations to ensure they follow University and departmental policies when conducting their financial transactions. She enjoys spending her free time boating and relaxing 'On Golden Pond', aka Great Pond, in Belgrade, Maine.

Oversees: E-Commerce, Financial Reporting, Financial Signatories, Payment Card Industry Compliance, Senior Week Transactions, Student Group Finances

Contact: [email protected] 


Megan Fox (She, Her, Hers)
Assistant Director for Greek Life & Leadership (AD GL&L)

Megan Fox came to Brown in March 2018. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania and her Masters of Science in College Student Personnel from the University of Rhode Island. Prior to coming to Brown, Megan worked for the past thirteen years at several Rhode Island institutions in residential life, Greek life, student activities, and student conduct. As the Assistant Director, Megan oversees programming management, leadership development, Greek LIfe housing, and membership education for 14 organizations and approximately 800 students. In her free time Megan enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants with her husband, and spending time with family and her Shiba Inu.

Advises: Greek organizations and Services groups (interim)
Oversees: Greek facilities, housing assignments, leadership development, and member education

Contact: [email protected] 


Daniela Monge (She, Her, Hers)
Administrative Coordinator

Daniela has worked at Brown University since 2016. She previously worked as a research assistant for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. After a short time away from Brown, she rejoins the University with the Student Activities Office as the Administrative Coordinator. Daniela earned her Bachelors in Psychology from Wheaton College, MA and her Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Providence College in 2021. Outside of work Daniela enjoys spending time with her dog Winston, her family, and traveling.  

Contact: [email protected]

 


Joie Steele (She, Her, Hers)
Senior Associate Dean and Director of Student Activities

Joie Steele

Joie Steele joined the Student Activities Office (SAO) team in January 2012. Prior to her work at Brown, she worked in Residential Life at Rhode Island College. Originally from Massachusetts, she completed her undergraduate work at Bridgewater State University and graduate work at the University of Rhode Island. Currently, as the Director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center and Student Activities, Joie works to empower students and enhance their capacities to be more effective and adaptive leaders. In addition, Joie strives to support student leadership and initiative to enhance and promote campus community. Under her leadership, the SAO team oversees student group advising for over 400 student groups, outdoor leadership and the Brown Outdoor Leadership Training (BOLT) program, new student orientation, the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, as well as the Greek and Program House system.

Advises: Student Government
Additional Groups: Brown Concert Agency, Student Veteran Society
Oversees: Spring Weekend, Student Activities Office 

Contact: [email protected]


Graduate Students 


To be determined 


Administrative Assistants


The Administrative Assistants maintain the SAO Main Office in room 232 and are essential to the day-to-day function of Student Activities throughout the year. Greeting guests and answering phone calls and emails to [email protected], the Admin Assistants are some of the first people you'll meet when you visit SAO. Managing event registration data, and form and training completion, as well as providing support for biannual processes such as group Mandatory Fall Roll Call (re-registration), Event Planning 101 meetings, and Activities Fairs all fall under their purview.


Campus Center Evening Managers


The Campus Center Evening Managers staff the Welcome Info Desk on the first floor of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center between the hours of 5 PM and 11 PM every weeknight. In addition, they are responsible for completing rounds of the building, and documenting any issues or concerns.


Campus Center Programmers


The Campus Center Programmers host a variety of social programs in and around the Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center open to the entire Brown community. This includes favorites such as the annual Halloween Extravaganza, Dia de Los Muertos, Duck Hunt, Spring Weekend Air Brush Hats and the Spring Weekend Relaxation Station. Brown co-sponsors have included the President's Staff Advisory Council (SAC), Latinx student groups, Project LETS, Counseling and Psychological Services, Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, Office of Residential Life, Office of the Presdient and more! Our Programmers know how to plan great events, and keep the Campus Center lively! Follow @browncampuscenter on Instagram to see what they're up to or email [email protected].


Diversity and Inclusion Student Coordinators


The Diversity and Inclusion Student Coordinators support Student Activities with student-centered DIAP (Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan) initiatives, many of which are a result of 2015 DIAP survey responses. The D&I Coordinators work with a variety of campus partners hosting panels and roundtable discussions for student group leaders. Guests of panels and discussions include the Brown Center for Students of Color, Counseling and Psychological Services, Office of Student Conduct, Campus Life, student organizations such as the Undergraduate Finance Board and Project LETS to name a few. Discussions cover a variety of topics including student burnout and self-care, healthy conflict resolution, disposability politics and issues of gender and labor. In addition to discussions, the D&I Coordinators work to strengthen relationships between Student Activities, student organizations and campus partners such as the Department of Public Safety.


Last updated 8/26/2021

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