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About WMB

WMB provides opportunities for newcomers and established members to meet and to engage in interest groups, and to participate in service projects.

One of the very nicest benefits for me has been that I actually look forward to university social functions because I get to see my own friends there, and this is really satisfying! I am able to introduce my husband to people from other departments.
-Lynette Charniak, President of WMB, 2006–2008

Our aims

  • To build community and friendship among the women and men of Brown University
  • To assist new and visiting families to feel at home at Brown
  • To provide service to the University community


Membership is open to all women and men connected with the Brown community directly or as spouses or partners, including faculty, visitors, administrators, staff, graduate students, and alumni


There are only two meetings a year for the general membership, both held in the evening. At the first meeting in the fall, newcomers are welcomed, there is a speaker, and a presentation of the opportunities offered by the various Interest Groups. The program of the Annual Spring Meeting includes reports, the presentation of the RUE awards, and the election of officers.

Interest Groups

The current list of interest groups is very diverse. The number of interest groups is flexible and will vary as new groups are formed and old groups are disbanded.

Service Projects

A reception is held each fall at our Annual Fall Meeting to welcome newcomers into the Brown community. In addition, the Household Leasing Service rents furniture and household items to international graduate students, visiting faculty, and Resumed Undergraduate Education (RUE) students. Furthermore, in recent years we have presented monetary awards to RUE students from the receipts of the Household Leasing Service.